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From: "Elissa Scalise Powell, CG" <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] question about RAOGK requests
Date: Thu, 22 May 2008 13:28:29 -0400
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My impression of RAOGK is that the service is free but reimbursement of
expenses may be made. I am sure your recipient will be glad to know of the
negative find and the reasons which you think pertain to not finding the

You have two choices: Report back your negative find and either charge for
the mileage; or chalk up the mileage to the other person. Either way your
kindness will be appreciated for the effort you took.

If this was a client with whom you had a contract (verbal, written, or
formal) you would charge for your time which is spelled out up front in the
contract. Since by the nature of the person contacting you through RAOGK the
understood "contract" is that your time is given freely and out of pocket
expenses could be reimbursed. IMHO, of course.

Best wishes on whatever you decide to do.
-- Elissa

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG
CG and Certified Genealogist are Service Marks of the Board for
Certification of Genealogists used under license after periodic evaluations
by the Board.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: dunna
> Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2008 12:58 PM
> I am a volunteer for RAOGK or Random Act of Genealogy Kindness. One of
my recent
> requests involved looking up a obituary. Doing the obituary lookup is not
the problem,
> but the issue was it was a negative find. What does one do if the person
was willing to pay
> for the gas mileage and/or other fees when there was nothing found?
> There was no other charges and I had to go to the library for another
person I had to do
> research for. Additional research was done at the library as well. I
made multiple stops
> that day while I was in town, so the gas mileage charge (if any) for
whomever will not be
> as great.

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