Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) raogk staff
Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness
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.
Is this your first visit to Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness? 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.
Ideally, you should reside in the area for which you volunteer. The purpose of this site is to help others obtain copies of documents, pictures of tombstones, etc., that can not be obtained easily by those who do not live in the area of their ancestors.
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.
When it comes to family history, it’s important to remember that everyone came from a different place at one point. When you are researching your family history, immigration records can be fascinating, but they can also be difficult to find.
It’s clear that military records can be useful for tracking ancestors who were in the military. However, they can also be useful for finding information about ancestors who were not in the military at all.
When tracing an ancestry it is common to encounter records filled with obsolete terms that can be difficult to interpret. Take the time to use the glossaries provided here to interpret documents correctly.
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