Passages: Bridgett Schneider, Founder of RAOGK

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness

I want to let our readers know that Bridgett Schneider, found of Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK), passed away on Saturday, November 12, 2011. As mentioned by Dick Eastman of Eastman’s Online Genealogical Newsletter and Kimberly Powell of, RAOGK has a long history of serving the genealogical community since 1999.

Our condolences go out to the Schneider family and I ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers at this time. RAOGK has been a tremendous resource to many, especially beginning genealogists, and represents the spirit of “giving back” for which our community is known.

Here are some links to recent news articles about Bridgett’s passing as well as her obituary:

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What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.