Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK)

Our volunteers have agreed to do a free genealogy research task at least once per month in their local area as an act of kindness. While the volunteers of Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) have agreed to donate their time for free, you MUST PAY the volunteer for his/her expenses in fulfilling your request (copies, printing fees, postage, film or video tape, parking fees, etc.) if they ask for it.

RAOGK is a global volunteer organization.  Our volunteers take time to do everything from looking up courthouse records to taking pictures of tombstones. All they ask in return is reimbursement for their expenses (never their time) and a thank you.

At one time there were thousands of volunteers in every U.S. state and many international locations, and helped thousands of researchers. We are trying to rebuild the RAOGK site. It will take a little more time to get it back to its former glory. So Please spread the word and volunteer to help others!

Looking for a volunteer?

Is this your first visit to our site? We want your visit to be a successful one. Our staff has put together a list of Guidelines for making requests for you to view and read before making any requests. A link to the volunteers will be provided after you have read the FAQ’s. Also to help combat spammers, you have to be a registered member to contact volunteers and see their listings!

Would you like to volunteer?

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions for Volunteers before doing so. You will create a profile and can add or subtract information you are willing to do. You are in control!

  • Community Questions & Answers – Ask questions on genealogy information or brick wall questions. The Genealogy Community will answer them!
  • Archives and Societies – This is a list of National Archives, Libraries, Historical & Genealogical Societies for each State. Some have links to websites while others have an mailing address and /or phone numbers. Please contact us with any corrections or additions.
  • Census Records 101 – For historians and genealogy experts, census records they can be valuable tools for family research and general knowledge about how people lived in different time periods. This section explains the history and use of census records for your research. Please contact us with any corrections or additions.
  • Vital Records 101 – List details about Birth Marriage, Divorce and Records, along with Where to Write for State Vital Records and links to applications and Vital Record Resources & Search Tips.
  • Historical Facts of U.S. Counties – Each state list the County Name, Date Formed, Parent County and County Seat With links to the county government sites when available. Also State County Formation Maps, list of Extinct Counties and list of burned/destroyed county courthouses.
  • Printable Genealogy Forms – free downloadable forms for U.S. & U.K. Censuses, Ancestral Chart, Research Calendar, Research Extract, Correspondence Record, Family Group Sheets, Source Summary and Templates