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RAOGK is no more? Is there anything we can do here?

Article by Scott_J

I read recently that the Random Acts of Genealogy Kindness website is gone indefinitely.

As reported by Dick Eastman, here: Random Acts of Genealogy Kindness (RAOGK) will be Offline for Some Time, the owner of that site said:

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

Bridgett Schneider
RAOGK Administrator

I have often felt like FamilyTreeCircles is very similar to the service that the excellent RAOGK has provided for so many years.

With all deference to Bridgett, but given that there's no information on what's to come of roagk.org, is there something that can be added to FamilyTreeCircles, a section, a feature, that would help fill the void, at least temporarily?

Having focused so much on FamilyTreeCircles for so long, and never wishing to compete with them, I never really looked much at ROAGK. So I look to the FamilyTreeCircles community to advise me on this.

What are your thoughts?

Thanks.

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by Scott_J Profile | Research | Contact | Subscribe | Block this user
on 2011-11-01 17:27:30

Scott Jangro is the owner of FamilyTreeCircles.com and has documented roots back to Mayflower passengers Stephen Hopkins and William Brewster. If you're wondering what he's doing when he's mysteriously absent, here's some links to other stuff he's responsible for: about.me/jangro.

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Comments

by vickieoz on 2011-11-01 18:02:17

I loved taking headstone photos for people and got lots of enjoyment from their responses.

by ngairedith on 2011-11-01 18:05:39

I think a 'section' for headstone photos and/or inscriptions would be valuable here

Might be an advantage to have this section automatically put queries into alphabtical country listings for easier find (or not, maybe we can choose) - New Zealand could probably stand alone but getting into bigger countries like America and Australia maybe we could put queries into the desired states, Queensland, West Australia etc

by Scott_J on 2011-11-01 23:46:13

Thanks for the feedback.

I sent out a newsletter about this and am getting some amazing responses there.

If you don't get the newsletter but would like to participate in the short questionnaire, you can do so here:

Should I build a local volunteer genealogy service?

by tiny_texan on 2012-04-08 11:43:08

1. Several of the RAOGK admins created Facebook groups for: RAOGK USA and RAOGK international.
* http://www.facebook.com/groups/raogkinternational/
* http://www.facebook.com/groups/raogkUSA/
If you have a Facebook account, you can join either/both groups.
If you still want to volunteer, you can post a "document" and describe the services you are willing to perform.

2. Try the RAOGK wiki ... it needs the volunteers to provide their email contact info:
RAOGK Wiki pages of interest:
1. Main Page:
http://raogk.wikia.com/wiki/Random_Acts_of_Genealogical_Kindness_Wiki
2. FB Volunteer Posts:
http://raogk.wikia.com/wiki/Research_Request_Guidelines
3. USA List:
http://raogk.wikia.com/wiki/Find_a_Volunteer
4. International List:
http://raogk.wikia.com/wiki/Find_a_WorldWide_Volunteer
5. Create a RAOGK wiki account
http://raogk.wikia.com/wiki/Special:UserLogin

Users with accounts automatically have a User Profile page and a Message Wall. The wiki also has blogs, forums, and chats available.

by ngairedith on 2012-04-08 13:36:33

thanks for that tiny,

Well done, I checked it out and the wikia site is very large with lots of information, forums etc as you said & many links

just to help your readers to simply click:

RAOGK INTERNATIONAL on Facebook
RAOGK USA on Facebook

RAOGK on WIKI:
1. MAIN PAGE
- this site contains all the links that tiny kindly provided above

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