12 September 2011

RAOGK -- an important and often overlooked resource for on-the-ground genealogical help!

A recent article in the Chattanooga Free Press (31 July 2011) “Chattanooga man part of volunteer network that helps people trace their roots” reminds us of how wonderful the about 4000 volunteers for the group called Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (or RAOGK for short) are.

“When Bill Caldwell looks for buried treasure, he's not seeking gold, jewels or coins. He is on the hunt for things like World War I draft registration records and cemetery listings.

The Chattanooga resident is one of about 4,000 volunteers for a group called Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness who do free genealogical research.

"I can watch daytime TV or grass growing, whichever is less boring," said Caldwell, a retired government employee, "or I can do some worthwhile research, analysis and documentation that will help someone else and be fun for me, too."

The Florida native said he has done genealogical research for 40 years or more. He has volunteered his time to help other people for the last 10 or 12 years and has worked through Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness for the last several years…”

Read the full article.

Learn more about RAOGK.

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