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==Welcome to the Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness Wiki==
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<font style="font-size:88%">'''&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; [[Find-A-Volunteer|Find a Volunteer (USA / Worldwide)]]''' &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;'''[[Latest Wiki News]]''' &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;[[{{PAGENAME}}#Useful Links|'''Useful Links''']]</font>
The original Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) website was the brainchild of Bridgett Schneider. Shortly before her death in 2011, she had a computer disaster and the site has been down since. Before the RAOGK site went dark, the global organization consisted of over 4,000 volunteers in every U.S. state and many international locations. The RAOGK wiki is dedicated to Bridgett's memory, to continue her efforts, and to provide a service that researchers and volunteers dearly loved and miss.
 
   
The way RAOGK worked was that volunteers agreed to do at least one free genealogy research task per month in their local area as an Act of Kindness. The RAOGK volunteers agreed not to charge for their research time; however, researchers were required to reimburse the volunteer for expenses incurred in fulfilling the research request (e.g., copies, printing fees, postage, film or video tape, parking fees, gasoline, etc.).
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*On state pages, volunteers would indicate what services they would perform -- e.g., courthouse/public records lookups, library research, tombstone research, etc. -- and what expenses (never their time) they expected reimbursement for.
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*Similarly, researchers would locate a volunteer by going to a state page and selecting a researcher from a list of counties and based on the volunteer's description of services they would perform.
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|title-content=The <font color="00008B"> '''{{PAGENAME}}'''</font> provides a place where volunteers offer to provide research time (without charge) to researchers who need "boots on the ground" genealogy help in a distant location. While volunteers perform research services without charging for their time, they do incur expenses that they may ask reimbursement for: copies, gas, parking fees, postage, etc. (The minimal charge for the volunteer's expenses is a lot less than it the cost to travel to the area and perform the research yourself.)
   
[[File:Bridgette_Schneider.jpg|link=http://image2.findagrave.com/photos250/photos/2011/315/80304699_132114616235.jpg|frame|<p style="text-align: center">Bridgette Schneider (1946-2011)</p>
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The <font color="00008B" > '''{{PAGENAME}}'''</font> is a collaborative ''genealogy research '''community''' wiki'' for both researchers and volunteers. Anyone can edit the wiki to correct typos, misinformation, update links, update volunteer information, provide additional information, etc.
Photo at: [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=80304699 Findagrave] (posted by Anja van Steel) and [http://nebraskarootsandramblings.blogspot.com/ Nebraska Roots & Ramblings]]]
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Wiki members can:
==='''<font color="blue">Historical Background Info</font>'''===
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*Discuss any aspect of the site and
For now, see the [[wikipedia:Random_Acts_of_Genealogical_Kindness|Wikipedia article about RAOGK]].
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* Ask questions at the [http://raogk.wikia.com/wiki/Forum:Index <u>Forum</u>] or on an article's [http://raogk.wikia.com/wiki/Help:Talk_pages <u>"Talk" page</u>.] (The Talk page button is at the top of each page.)
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*Communicate with individual members and/or volunteers by leaving a message on their Message Wall or send a wiki email. (Be sure to [http://raogk.wikia.com/wiki/Help:Signature '''sign and date'''] your contributions on a Message Wall or Talk page, so others know "who to talk to" and whether your message is still of current interest.)
(''In time, when all the state and international pages are restored, this section can be modified.'')
 
* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=80304699 Bridgett Schneider (Findagrave) Memorial]
 
* [http://journalstar.com/lifestyles/announcements/obituaries/schneider-bridgett-a/article_fc11d44f-73e8-538e-919e-ce6d67df0d1f.html Bridgett Schneider (Obituary at journalstar.com)]
 
* [http://genealogy.about.com/b/2011/11/12/rip-bridget-schneider-random-acts-of-genealogical-kindness.htm Bridgett Schneider (Obituary at ask.com)]
 
* [http://nebraskarootsandramblings.blogspot.com/ Bridgett Schneider (Obituary at Nebraska Roots and Rambling.com)]
 
 
 
* [http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art173945.asp Tribute to Bridett and RAOGK]
 
* [http://www.rootstelevision.com/blogs/raogk/2007/04/random_acts_roots_1.html Bio (Bridgett)]
 
 
* [http://www.onegreatfamily.com/newsletters/newsletter-archive/10-05-14/Random_Acts_of_Genealogical_Kindness.aspx Kimberly Brown's 2010 article about RAOGK]
 
 
* [http://nashua.patch.com/blog_posts/what-happened-to-the-random-acts-of-genealogical-kindness-website#comments_list What Happened to Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness?]
 
* [http://www.familytree.com/blog/the-closing-down-of-raogk/ Closing Down of RAOGK (FamilyTree article 11 Oct 2011)]
 
 
 
Shortly before Bridgett's death, she posted that she'd had computer issues and the site would be down "quite awhile." Upon Bridgett's death, several of the RAOGK admins created Facebook groups to continue RAOGK's work while the site is down.
 
* [http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Little/1638050529#!/groups/raogkUSA/ RAOGK USA group (Facebook)]
 
* [http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Little/1638050529#!/groups/raogkinternational/ RAOGK International group (Facebook)]
 
* [http://www.facebook.com/groups/33868082803/ RAOGK group (Original]
 
 
Volunteers post documents with the research services they offer:
 
* [http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Little/1638050529#!/groups/raogkUSA/docs/ RAOGK USA Volunteer Docs]
 
* [http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Little/1638050529#!/groups/raogkinternational/docs/ RAOGK Int'l Volunteer Docs]
 
* [http://www.facebook.com/groups/33868082803/#!/groups/33868082803/docs/ RAOGK group (Original)] contains about 100 volunteer documents of services being offered
 
The Facebook groups have a threaded discussion. Researchers can post their research need and members can respond with research help or suggestions.
 
 
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|<font color="AF4200" style="font-size:88%">'''Note from the RAOGK wiki creator''':
 
</font><font style="font-size:88%">The wiki is a [temporary] workaround for the official RAOGK site being down. Bridgett and Doc Schneider were the '''''founders''''' of the [http://www.RAOGK.com RAOGK] website and like other genealogists, I am deeply indebted to their efforts as I benefited immensely from the work of their volunteers. When I created the wiki, it was out of my utmost respect for Bridgett and Doc's work. The wiki was my way to give back – ''my personal RAOGK '''for''' the RAOGK community'' – by providing a workaround for FB posts like Amy Mueller Stiles (and similar ones on the USA groups) on April 27: "''...wall requests are ok on FB but it's like pulling teeth to get the info of what they are looking for sometimes. Direct email contact is best.''" My hope and intent with the wiki is that it fills a gap for genealogists while the official site is down ... a place for researchers and volunteers to connect (with the familiar ease of use) until the official site is operational again. (I wrote Doc on Mar 7 about the wiki, etc. and again on April 27. On April 17, the [lead] RAOGK admin gave "conditional approval" for the wiki.)<br />
 
In a [http://www.facebook.com/groups/raogkinternational/#!/groups/33868082803/ Facebook post] (27 Apr 2012), Doc indicated he was starting to restore the [http://www.raogk.com RAOGK site].</font>
 
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==Research Request Guidelines==
 
Before requesting research help from a volunteer, please read the '''[[Research Request Guidelines]]''' page.
 
 
==Getting Started at RAOGK==
 
 
'''Welcome to the RAOGK wiki, where [[Project:Community Portal|you can contribute]]'''!! Yes, '''you''' can actually edit your entry/information on the wiki page. You can '''bold''', ''italicize'', change the content of your description of services. Any member can fix typos, punctuation, etc. Any member can also add pages to the wiki -- e.g., you may have a cemetery transcription to share and create a page specifically for that information.
 
 
'''[http://raogk.wikia.com/wiki/Special:UserLogin <u>Create a RAOGK account/username.</u>] '''It's free, and is a one-time action. You have greater '''anonymity''' and it's easier for other contributors to ask you questions and help you.
 
*If you are new to wikis, visit the [http://raogk.wikia.com/wiki/Random_Acts_of_Genealogical_Kindness_Wiki:Community_Portal <u>Community portal</u>] for an outline of main parts of the site and links to pages about editing.
 
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;'''Note''': If you can type emails/Word documents and use formatting buttons to bold, italic, underscore, do bullets/numbers, etc ... ''you're already a '''whiz''' at wiki editing''! &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;It's so easy!! It's as easy as 1-2-3.
 
:::# Login
 
:::# Edit
 
:::# Publish
 
 
A wiki allows collaboration between members:
 
*Discuss any aspect of the site and ask questions either at the [http://raogk.wikia.com/wiki/Forum:Index <u>Forum</u>] or on an article's [http://raogk.wikia.com/wiki/Help:Talk_pages <u>"Talk" page</u>.] (The Talk page button is at the top of each page.)
 
*Communicate with individual members and/or volunteers by leaving a message on their Message Wall.
 
 
*Participate in chat sessions.
 
*Participate in chat sessions.
*Be sure to [http://raogk.wikia.com/wiki/Help:Signature '''sign and date'''] your contributions there, so that readers know "who to talk to" and whether your message is probably still of current interest.
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*Click the '''Follow''' button below for pages that interest you. Then, if the page changes, you get an email alert.<br /><br />
*Click the'''Follow''' button below for pages that interest you. Then, any time the page changes, you'll get an email alert.<br /><br />
 
   
To do most of the above, you need to be a RAOGK wiki member:
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Explore the wiki and enjoy!
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(If you're new to wikis, be sure to visit the [[Getting Started with Wikis]] page.)
   
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<li>First, create a [http://raogk.wikia.com/wiki/Special:UserLogin RAOGK wiki account] and</li>
 
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<blockquote>When you login for the ''first'' time (only), you'll be taken to own '''User page'''.</blockquote></li>
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<li>[[Modify your User page]] (optional).<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;and/or<br />Create a '''sandbox''' page (to play with wiki text) ... in the Search field, type '''User:YourUserName/Sandbox'''<br /></li>
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==='''Wiki Basics'''===
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==='''Frequently Asked Questions about Wikis'''===
 
Go to [[Frequently Asked Question |Frequently Asked Questions]] to view answers to questions that people typically ask who are new to wikis.
 
   
==Info for Volunteers==
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'''Suggestions for Volunteers''': <br />
 
:* To reduce spam and to keep RAOGK email separate from regular email, volunteers may want to create a free email with gmail, hotmail, or yahoo to use only for your RAOGK correspondence, possibly even creating a username with RAOGK in it -- e.g., '''RAOGK_username@provider.xxx'''. (In creating the new account, do not tie the new account to an existing email account. Thus, if your RAOGK account were to be hacked, the hacker wouldn't have a link to your regular email account.)
 
:* Click the '''Follow''' button below the page where your services appear. Then, any time the page changes, you'll get an email alert.
 
# Create a [http://raogk.wikia.com/wiki/Special:UserLogin RAOGK wiki account] (one-time action)
 
# Sign in to the RAOGK wiki.
 
   
<blockquote>When you login for the ''first'' time (only), you'll be taken to own '''User page'''.</blockquote>
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<li>[[Modify your User page]] (optional) ... in the Search field, type '''User:''YourUserNam''e''' (the name you chose when you created your wiki account) and press Enter. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;and/or<br />Create a '''sandbox''' page (to play with wiki text) ... in the Search field, type User:YourUserName/Sandbox</li>
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The wiki name may change soon. Vote for the wiki name you like best ... '''or''' ... <font color=blue>''suggest'' a wiki name by emailing a [mailto:raogk_mcowan@yahoo.com '''Wiki Admin'''])</font><br />
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Volunteer Genealogic Acts
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Volunteer Genealogic Acts of Kindness
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Volunteer Genealogic Angels
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Volunteer Genealogy Exchange
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Volunteer Genealogic Research Angels
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Volunteer Genealogy Services
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Other (I'll email the [mailto:raogk_mcowan@yahoo.com Wiki Admin])
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* Leave a message on the <font color=red>'''Talk'''</font> page or contact a [mailto:raogk_mcowan@yahoo.com '''Wiki Admin'''].<br />
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:(Click the '''Talk''' button ... located beside the '''Edit''' icon at the top of the page.)
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*Post your comment at the [http://raogk.wikia.com/wiki/Forum:Watercooler?t=20120302213302 <u>Watercooler</u>]
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*Get technical help or feedback from the [http://raogk.wikia.com/wiki/Forum:Help_desk?t=20120527092023 <u>Help Desk</u>] or from [http://community.wikia.com/wiki/Special:Contact/feedback <u>Wikia Community Central</u>]
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*Learn to use Wikia, make wiki edits, or modify your wiki account: [http://raogk.wikia.com/wiki/Special:Contact <u>Contact Wikia</u>]
   
<li>Initially, you'll be prompted to Add a Page (this is a one-time action) ... click the '''Add a Page''' button.</li>
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[http://www.facebook.com/groups/raogkUSA/ RAOGK Facebook members], Suzanne Clair and Beverly Harper, started a list of state websites that have digital archives without charge. See their [[Digital Archives]] list.
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* [http://www.rootsweb.com/~pabutler/javascrp/tombston/ Birthdate Calculator]
 
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Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness

The Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness Wiki provides a place where volunteers offer to provide research time (without charge) to researchers who need "boots on the ground" genealogy help in a distant location. While volunteers perform research services without charging for their time, they do incur expenses that they may ask reimbursement for: copies, gas, parking fees, postage, etc. (The minimal charge for the volunteer's expenses is a lot less than it the cost to travel to the area and perform the research yourself.)

The Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness Wiki is a collaborative genealogy research community wiki for both researchers and volunteers. Anyone can edit the wiki to correct typos, misinformation, update links, update volunteer information, provide additional information, etc. Wiki members can:

  • Discuss any aspect of the site and
  • Ask questions at the Forum or on an article's "Talk" page. (The Talk page button is at the top of each page.)
  • Communicate with individual members and/or volunteers by leaving a message on their Message Wall or send a wiki email. (Be sure to sign and date your contributions on a Message Wall or Talk page, so others know "who to talk to" and whether your message is still of current interest.)
  • Participate in chat sessions.
  • Click the Follow button below for pages that interest you. Then, if the page changes, you get an email alert.

Explore the wiki and enjoy! (If you're new to wikis, be sure to visit the Getting Started with Wikis page.)

Questions? Concerns? Leave a message on the Talk page or contact a Wiki Admin.
(Click the Talk button ... beside the Edit icon at the top of the page.)


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