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What has happened to the Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness website?

What has happened to the Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness website?

Posted: 28 Oct 2011 12:27PM GMT
Classification: Query
RAOGK. I can't reach them on the internet lateley.

Re: What has happened to the Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness website?

Posted: 29 Oct 2011 3:18AM GMT
Classification: Query
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter reported that the site owner contacted him, saying that she has had both computer and health issues, and that the site would be offline for quite awhile:
http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2011/10/rando...

Re: What has happened to the Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness website?

Posted: 14 Nov 2011 1:19AM GMT
Classification: Death
Edited: 14 Nov 2011 1:22AM GMT
Surnames: Schneider
Sad new reported today on Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter:

"Bridgett Schneider of Random Acts Of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK), R.I.P.


"It is with great sadness that I report that Bridgett Schneider, best known as the primary person behind Random Acts Of Genealogical Kindness, passed away today. She was 64 years old.

"The last message I received from Bridgett was on October 18 when she wrote:

"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

"Bridgett and her husband Doc began Random Acts of Kindness (RAOGK) in 1999 in their Nebraska home. What they began with a handful of volunteer researchers in 1999 grew to over 4,000 people around the world.

"made many new friends over the years through RAOGK, attending conventions, society meetings, and helping the many researchers via online resources.

"Bridgett's husband Doc has assured the RAOGK volunteers that Random Acts Of Genealogical Kindness will be back online in the future - a promise he has made to Bridgett. For now, some people are helping individuals through the RAOGK Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/groups/33868082803/. Bridgett has brightened the lives of countless people and will be dearly missed."

Re: What has happened to the Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness website?

Posted: 14 Nov 2011 2:39AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you Bridgett and Doc Schneider for creating RAOGK! I have found so much genealogical information with it and its helpful volunteers. I would never have been able to go to all of those locations on my own. I really appreciate your effort. My thoughts and prayers are with Doc and his family at the time of their loss. God bless Bridgett in Heaven.

Sincerely,

Ann Marie Middleton
Bay City, Michigan

Re: What has happened to the Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness website?

Posted: 14 Jul 2012 10:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
RAOGK has been down for nine months now. Had heard on April 27 that Doc was working to bring the original site back up ...

The RAOGK went up on March 2 and as of mid-July (2012) has about 380 active volunteers.

Visit: http://raogk.wikia.com
If you're a RAOGK volunteer, consider activating a link for your volunteer services while the RAOGK site is down.
If you're a researcher, see if one of the 380 volunteers may just be in the area you need help.

The wiki has the same ease of use of the old RAOGK. Go to a state/county (country/province, etc), find a volunteer.
Additionally, it also has blogs, chats, polls, and soon ... a USA and International forum.
It has all the advantages of the old site ... and many of the features/functions found on Facebook, but much more structured. Wikis also don't go down.
IF a person creates a wiki account (totally OPTIONAL) you can follow pages and be alerted to changes to the page -- usually when a person activates their link. With a wiki account, the user also has a Profile page and a Message Wall (very similar to those features on FB) With a wiki account, a volunteer has the option to use their email as a link for their services (direct email contact by the researcher) or to have the researcher post their research request on the Message Wall. If the latter, the researcher posts the request and then the wiki sends an email to the volunteer.

If you haven't heard of the wiki before, check it out ...

Each volunteer who activates a llnk for their sevices makes the wiki just that much more viable a tool for researchers and volunteers ... and one person closer to the 4,000 volunteers the original site had.
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