Tuesday, May 17, 2005

READERS' FEEDBACK: Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness

From: storknurse7@earthlink.net
Giving an example of the information needed by a RAOGK volunteer is one
of the most helpful things you can do for the genealogical community. We
often get very vague requests which require several emails back and forth
just to figure out what is needed. I'd like to also mention that there is some
information for those requesting queries on the page before you get to the
page to find a volunteer. That information is very important and following the
directions makes our volunteering a great deal easier. It is also very important
to read the description of the specific location covered by the volunteer and
the specific services offered so that you are not asking the wrong person for
what you seek.

By the way, in your sample letter, I think you meant to say a "photo of the
grave of my ancestor", not "photo of my ancestor". That made me smile.

Sharyn Hay
RAOGK volunteer for west end of San Bernardino Co., CA

From: Recordbug@aol.com

Thanks for the advice when dealing with RAOGK volunteers--especially about being specific. I am a volunteer in Lapeer and Saginaw Counties of MI. It is important that those sending in requests remember that we do limit our requests to one or two items. If more info is found when I am onsite, I will not ignore it, of course, and include it when I send the results to my "customers." I have been doing this for the past three years and have met some very nice people along the way. Thank you for getting out the "good word" about this valuable genealogical source!

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