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Kimberly Powell

RIP Bridget Schneider - Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness

By November 12, 2011

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Random Acts of Genealogical Kindess (RAOGK), begun in March 1999 by Bridgett and Doc Schneider from Nebraska, is one of the best genealogical grassroots  organizations out there, connecting over 4,000 volunteers in 40+ countries with genealogists who need someone "local" to help retrieve a record from the courthouse, look up a newspaper obituary, or take a photo of their ancestor's tombstone. The news that RAOGK was temporarily shutting down last month due to computer issues and the health of one of its administrators had kind words and offers of help pouring in from throughout the genealogical community.

Sadly, the genealogical community learned today just how dire that health issue was. Bridgett Schneider passed away this morning. The world has lost a very kind and generous woman. Bridgett's husband Doc has assured the RAOGK volunteers that RAOGK will be back online in the future - a promise he has made to Bridgett. For now, some people are helping individuals through the RAOGK Facebook page. Bridgett has brightened the lives of countless people and will be dearly missed.

November 12, 2011 at 9:53 pm
(1) Carol Essary says:

She will be sorely missed. What a wonderful site – and I sincerely hope that her husband can carry on. Please enlist me as an aide?

November 13, 2011 at 7:06 pm
(2) Pam Shenefield Long says:

Such sad passing for the family, we will keep them all in our prayers.
Truly if there is something that we can do in any way, let us know. Let us try to do a good deed or random act to assist in any way that we can. The website was truly wonderful and I have used it for many years. I did not know Bridget but, thought this was one of the most amazing sites I had ever used.

November 13, 2011 at 8:59 pm
(3) Pat Fochs says:

I am always taken back when something like this happens. In her life, I doubt that would have expected the outpouring of respect, admiration and gratitude that will certainly follow her passing. It seems that after the fact, the value of a contribution is fully appreciated.

This site was without a doubt the best resource for people to help each other to realize DAR, SAR, and personal pedigree research. Without it, all research would be seriously imparied. I am pleased that it will be restored and hope that there will be a group of people will share the responsibility of its future. There needs to be a back up support to be there when there is an issue and to assist the administrator better than Bridget had when she created this site.

I will pray for the family. If there is anything that I can do to help, please let me know. I know a little about web development and IT issues. I would be interested to know what needs to be done. If I can help keep Bridget’s promises, I will. She will be remembered.

November 13, 2011 at 11:02 pm
(4) Kathleen says:

I was proud to be a member of RAOGK. Bridgett will be remembered by all she helped. She made an amazing site connecting 4,000 worldwide genealogists sharing the kindness Bridgett started…She’s now with those ancestors we’ve searched for our whole lives….

November 21, 2011 at 7:36 am
(5) Bob Milner says:

I was saddened to learn of Bridget’s passing. I am very proud to be a volunteer for this marvelous organization and I will be looking forward to the RAOGK’s new incarnation. Bridget and her husband gave me the chance to help many people in their search for their history and it will be my great pleasure to continue that help in hopefully the very near future.

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