RAOGK is a global volunteer organization. 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.
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 Guidlines for making requests for you to view and read before making any requests.
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.
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.
It’s all about Volunteering
If you would like to volunteer, ideally, you should reside in the area for which you volunteer. Please read our Frequently Asked Questions for Volunteers before doing so.
We also provide U.S., State by State and County by County Research guides. In these you will find resources and information that can be found. Most will inform you of what type of records can by found in each area, dates of availability and addresses, links and contact info to those records.
FAQ – Guidelines for Requesting a lookup from a Volunteers
Looking for a RAOGK volunteer? Please read the FAQs in this section before you decide to make a Request from a RAOGK volunteer
Then go to the Volunteer Directory and locate someone in your area to do a lookup. Be sure to Rate your Volunteer to tell them and others how they did!
Please do not send your requests for lookups to the site coordinator, or the site’s hosting service. Requests sent to either one will not be answered.