We all need it from time to time. Me too.
My needs are to clarify the meaning of a German word (the dictionary definition simply isn't clear enough on "Feuerstelle" to help me understand BH Unruh's book that list Mennonites in the early years in Russia). Sometimes I'd like a photograph of a cemetery stone and I don't want to wait until I can vacation to that spot to snap it myself. Other times, it is about getting a vital record from the British Columbia Archives in Victoria - which I know is available for the price of a photocopy - but if I order it formally it will cost $20 (VitalChek: VitalChek).
but, another way is to get the help of someone just as interested in genealogy as me, who is near to the data source and is happy to do a favour - because they know "what comes around, goes around".
This is where RAOGK comes in: Random Acts Of Genealogical Kindness. "While the volunteers of RAOGK have agreed to donate their time for free, you MUST PAY the volunteer for his/her expenses in fulfilling your request (copies, printing fees, postage, film or video tape, parking fees, etc.)." See more answers to questions at their FAQ page (which MUST be read before you ask for help). Then, see these pages for volunteers in Mennonite-concentrated Canadian provinces.
- British Columbia - http://www.raogk.org/bcolumbia.htm
- Alberta - http://www.raogk.org/alberta.htm
- Saskatchewan - http://www.raogk.org/saskatchewan.htm
- Manitoba - http://www.raogk.org/manitoba.htm
- Ontario - http://www.raogk.org/ontario.htm
And, in light of my last posting ... very interesting how FEW Mennonites are apparently listed as volunteers. In the old days - Mennonite were "Stille in Land" but known for their volunteer spirit (freiwilliges).