I’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.
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!