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Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness is back!

RAOGK-logoI’m a big fan of helping others with their genealogy.  I love offering help and I love receiving help.  We are more powerful when we put our heads together, share our knowledge and spread some genealogy love.

I’ve been a member of the Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness Facebook group for a while.  It’s pretty cool.  But it’s a Facebook group so there is minimal ability to organize the help requests and offers.  Sometimes it turns into a free for all genealogy conversation.

Well, the FB group is based on the original website.  The website has been down since late 2011.  Currently, there is a new website being created based on the original website.

You can participate in two ways.  You can volunteer and you can ask for assistance.

  • Volunteers are asked to complete one task per month.  You join, create a profile page that explains what you are able to do.  People who need the help you can provide contact you through the website.  You complete the task and send them the information.  Done.
  • You can ask for assistance by searching for a volunteer in the area you are researching, find one who can do the task you need help with, message them with your request and wait.

A few things to note:

  • You choose your username which does not have to be your full first and last name.
  • Your email address is not visible on the webpage.  I actually created one specifically for this website just in case, still not a bad idea.
  • You can sign up as a volunteer and if you get busy, sick, go on vacation or just need a break, you can switch to temporary status so you no longer receive new requests.  Your profile still exists and you can turn it back on when you are ready.
  • Everything about the website is volunteer driven.
  • Still curious?  You can view my volunteer page to get an idea of what you might consider doing.

I think this website is exactly in keeping with the spirit of spreading genealogy love – something near and dear to my heart.

Check it out.  Maybe it will help you.  Maybe you will find a way to help.

Let’s spread some genealogy love!


8 thoughts on “Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness is back!”

  1. So glad to hear it’s back, perhaps not in exactly the same form, but in the same spirit. Say….is that the BYU Family History Library racks in the background of your volunteer page?? There’s such a skinny strip of it at the top of the page I had to scroll to the bottom to be able to see enough of it to figure out what it was.

    1. Thank you, EmilyAnn, for your kind words. I learned a long time ago the truth that the more you share, the more you have. It’s just a small thing that I can do but I know for those who live far from research facilities my small thing can be a big thing for their research. 🙂

  2. I’m interested in how the website will workout. I’m also a member of the FB group and while I do find interesting conversations, I often tear my hair out when people keep asking/answering/complaining about the same things – often in the same day! That said, there are many thoughtful, knowledgeable folks who give insightful answers about how to search a particular problem. Having help deciphering some of the handwriting on original documents is a great help that I’ve used myself.

    1. Well said. I hope that the website will have the organization required to meet the objective of the group. I went through the listings and found one that might help me and sent a request. I’m interested to see how that will go. Thanks for stopping by Anne!

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