RAOGK, started by Bridgett and Doc Schneider and one of Family Tree Magazine‘s 101 best free genealogy websites in 2010, went offline in 2011.
Genealogy Karma offers a similar, free option for getting records from a faraway repository or cemetery. You can post a lookup request and tag it with a keyword (such as “birth record” or “tombstone”) so volunteers can find it.
Researchers who register as volunteers with the site can answer your request, do the lookup and send you the results.
When submitting a lookup request, follow these tips for a faster response:
- Be details. Use indexes to find the volume and page number of the record you need, and provide those details in your request. If you want a tombstone photo, call the cemetery or search online to find the cemetery location, plot and grave number.
- Double-check all the names, dates and other information in your request.
- You also might offer to compensate the volunteer for expenses such as mileage and postage.
Of course, registering with Genealogy Karma as a volunteer is the ultimate way to say thank you for a request someone has answered.