As I reported a few days ago in this space, I decided to try out the website Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness. I requested that a volunteer help me with a problem in Clay County, Missouri, specifically information on the marriage license of Ezekiel Johnson and Sarah Gilbert. I knew that this marriage had taken place in Clay County in 1867. I got a prompt reply from the volunteer. Unfortunately she had information only from 1910. She suggested that I contact the Clay County Historical Society. And that’s what I intend to do. But more importantly, I wanted to report on the experience of using the RAOGK website. It was simple, and I got a prompt reply from a very nice volunteer.
So I will sign up to be a volunteer for RAOGK. And I urge others to do the same. It’s a good way to help others which helps all of us in this endeavor. By the way, you can also make a donation to the organization. Or you can support it by buying merchandise from the RAOGK store. I bought a relative a tote bag that reads “My Roots Run Deep in Missouri.” For a small fee, it will be shipped directly to her.
February 10, 2007 Saturday at 1:41 am