Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness VolunteersOur 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.

Then go to the Volunteer Directory and locate someone in your area to do a lookup.

Would you like to volunteer?

  1. Please read our Frequently Asked Questions for Volunteers before doing so.
  2. Register and create your Profile
  3. Create a Listing with our automated form or submit a manual listing.
  4. Manage your Listings by editing current listings or adding new ones (add as many listings as you would like).

State Genealogy Research Guides

There are 3,068 counties in the United States. Each county is unique in population and size. All but Connecticut and Rhode Island use county governments. Connecticut and Rhode Island have counties, but don’t have actual operating governments. Two states have different names for their counties, Alaska counties are called boroughs and Louisiana counties are called parishes.