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.
resident is one of about 4,000 volunteers for a group called Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness who do free genealogical research. Chattanooga
"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."
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…” Florida
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Thank you for this article. I have volunteered for RAOGK for Tennessee for a couple years now. I have provided obituaries, death certificates, and tombstone photos to genealogy researchers from all over the US and even Sweden. I enjoy helping others, while learning research techniques along the way.ReplyDelete
Do you still find time to do searches in Tenn. ?
Please contact me if you do.
We have just learned vis EOGN the following:ReplyDelete
"RAOGK has been around with our volunteers helping other genealogists get copies of documents required to prove your lineage back to Adam and Eve (giggle). Pictures of your ancestors' tombstones were also high on the lists of requests. I hope everyone got as much service as we were able to give.
Our heart is saddened that we will be offline for quite awhile. Between computer problems (harddrive turning to toast) and the health of the administrator very questionable ... RAOGK, after 11 years, will cease to exist for awhile
We are sad to announce the death of Bridgett Schneider, the primary person behind RAOGK ... please see Dick Eastman's blurb, http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2011/11/bridgett-schneider-of-random-acts-of-genealogical-kindness-raogk-rip.htmlReplyDelete
There is a workaround for RAOGK being down ... visit the RAOGK wiki ...ReplyDelete
Same ease of use and much more ...
It has about 375 volunteers who've returned ... each volunteer who returns gets it one person stronger towards the strength of the 4,000 volunteers from the original site.
Roughly 80 people/mo have activated links on the wiki
Doc posted on a FB site on April 27 that he was bringing the site back up.
If you were a volunteer and still want to volunteer, visit the wiki.
When Doc's site comes back up, you can decide whether to abandon the wiki or have your services listed in both places.
Several volunteers have indicated they think their services should be listed in multiple places.
Explore the wiki ... and enjoy