Gen Gathering

GenGathering.com appears to be well on it's way to becoming the replacement site for our sorely missed "Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness" (RAOGK) site which went dark when the site Administrator, Bridgett Schneider, lost her battle with cancer in Nov 2011.

Although there are other sites offering similar services to link up volunteers with folks needing a look up, GenGathering seems to be the most like the familiar interface of RAOGK.

Need an obit, a marriage record, a tombstone photo, probate record? Go here to find a local volunteer who will go find it for you. It's almost always free of charge unless there are out of pocket expenses. While you are there making a request, sign up to volunteer to do the same for others in your town or county. Pay it forward!

Similar But Different Services

The Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness Wiki is also attempting to fill the RAOGK void on a temporary basis until Doc Schneider gets the RAOGK back online as he has committed to doing. If you are not familiar with the WIKI interface, it may take some time to get up to speed.

There are also a couple of Facebook Groups serving a similar purpose, one for the RAOGK USA and one for RAOGK International. You might check there if you are a Facebook member.

Mocavo is attempting to provide a forum service called Karma but allowing users to vote up or down the worthiness of queries hasn't been sitting well with users. We'd like to think that a query posted by one user is equally important to that posted by another. Guess not. If you check this one out, let us know if their policies change so we can revise our comments.

Fannin County Message Boards

There are several places online where you can post a query seeking help in locating information for your research. One of these is the Fannin County Message Boards at Rootsweb. You will need to register for a Free account. This registration benefits you so don't worry about it. (If you already have an Ancestry.com account, Rootsweb will automatically use your Ancestry.com identity and you don't need to re-register.

Fannin Rootsweb searchbox You can also search previously posted information. You may find the information you are looking for without even having to ask your questions. If you are searching the Fannin message Board at Rootsweb be sure to make sure you are searching FANNIN and not ALL the boards at Rootsweb.

Another excellent place to post your queries is on GenForum. Both sites have good reputations, respect your privacy and have lots of users to help you with your queries. Both sites have location forums such as TXFannin but also have Surname Forums and a variety of subject forums such as The Civil War or even Circus Performers!

The benefit to you of registering for a free Rootsweb or GenForum account is that your email address will be either hidden or displayed as a graphic image. If you elect to hide your address (the default choice) people will only be able to contact your through the message boards. If you elect to display your address, only real people will be able to see the graphic image and read the address. The spam robots skip right over picture files. They can't collect your address and start sending you junk.

If, after several years of being a member, you change your email address, you can go to your Rootsweb or GenForum account and change your address in ONE PLACE. Your address will be changed to the new address on all your earlier postings.

None of this will do you a lick of good if you don't Write a Good Query!

Fannin County Mailing List

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Subscribing to a mailing list means that you recieve an email of every query and response posted to the mailing list. This sounds pretty overwhelming. Not so! We averaged fewer than 2 emails a day for all of 2008 and many days there were none. The Fannin mailing list is not very busy but it is VERY helpful. One nice feature of the mailing list is that the Rootsweb Message Board (described above) is gatewayed to the list, so you receive a copy of queries posted to the Message Boards without having to monitor the Board by checking it yourself. Subscribe to TXFANNIN-L

If you are still reluctant to subscribe, try subscribing to the Mailing List "Digest". This version will send you one email on days when there is activity on the list which summarizes the correspondence of the day. Most day's you'll have no Fannin Mail at all. Subscribe to TXFANNIN-D (digest)

There are some very knowledgeable subscribers to the mailing list and all of them so very helpful. I have been stunned by the generosity of spirit, time and expertise shared on the TXFannin mailing list. Thank you all!

If you change your email address, unsubscribe with the old address and re-subscribe with the new address.

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The TXFannin GenWeb was established in 1997. At that time, all queries were posted directly to the GenWeb sites. In March of 1999, Rootsweb graciously offered webspace to the US GenWeb and provided their query system for the posting of queries from that point forward. All queries posted after February 1999 are fully searchable at the Rootsweb Message Board. Queries posted prior to March 1999, however, are still housed on this site. However, few of the email addresses have been kept up to date and, more than likely, they no longer work. The queries continue to be posted here in the hopes it may provide some possible leads for researchers.

These early queries ARE included in the general site search and hits will turn up using the search boxes found on this page or the Home page for each section OR you can browse the early queries.

The TXFannin GenWeb was established in 1997. At that time, all queries were posted directly to the GenWeb sites. In March of 1999, Rootsweb graciously offered webspace to the US GenWeb and provided their query system for the posting of queries from that point forward. All queries posted after February 1999 are fully searchable at the Rootsweb Message Board. Queries posted prior to March 1999, however, are still housed on this site. However, few of the email addresses have been kept up to date and, more than likely, they no longer work. The queries continue to be posted here in the hopes it may provide some possible leads for researchers.

Queries Posted —  
The following list of persons in the Fannin County area are willing to conduct Genealogical Reasearch for you for a fee. Fees vary by researcher.

We include this information as a courtesy to researchers and to those searching for one. The Fannin GenWeb makes no warranty as to the qualifications of any researcher. It is up to you to exercise care in transacting business and to make sure you understand the fees involved. Be sure to clearly communicate your expectations and budget limitations to the researcher.

The nice folks below have offered to do lookups in books and records they own to aid you in your search. They wouldn't have offered if they weren't extra nice, but please don't take advantage of their good will.

If you have any Fannin County Books, CD's or other records at your fingertips and would be willing to do look ups for other researchers, please let us know. We'll be happy to add your name to this page.