What is "Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK)"

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I recently received an email from RAOGK with links to Nebraska resources on some website. It seems suspect to me, so I did not enter any information. Has any one else had some experience with this site?


in Genealogy Help by Anonymous Sibert G2G Crew (680 points)
edited by Anonymous Sibert
I don't know if the group you are questioning is new or one that has been around for quite some time.  Many years ago there was a site by the same name.  It was made up of people who had books and other reference materials in their personal libraries.  They volunteered to do searches within their material for others for free.  Some would also search records in archives and courthouses near where they lived.

They were organized by area, county or state, and listed what they could do for others. They were identified by name and email address.  If one found something they needed it was necessary to contact the individual  offering the assistance directly. As far as I know they didn't solicit or send out information without first receiving a request from someone.

I personally used that site with great results several times.

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Huh, I just had a look at their website, here: https://www.raogk.org/

This looks to be a legit genealogical volunteer effort -- and pretty cool, too!

But given what the site says, I'm not sure how you came to be contacted.  Are you sure you never signed up with them?  Asked them for volunteer work, or signed up as a volunteer?
by Patricia Hawkins G2G6 Mach 2 (29.6k points)
I am registered on several genealogy sites and have an interest in Nebraska. Perhaps that is why I was contacted. What troubled me was the number of broken links on the site. Perhaps their server was having issues this morning.

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