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Volunteering

I strongly believe in the spirit of community participation, and throughout my life I have consistently set aside time to helping and working alongside my fellow community members. Past activities have included but are not limited to:

  • Political activism (anti-Shoreham nuclear power plant organization)
  • Ad hoc Middle East volunteering (Catholic Relief Services; al-Quds; more)
  • Literacy volunteering (Literacy Volunteers of America).
For the past 4 years, I have served as a Missoula County researcher for Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness, performing courthouse, library and cemetery research on a weekly basis. In addition to the very great pleasure of helping people all over the world, this role has helped me hone my public records research skills, and brings me into regular contact with regional archivists, librarians, and public records officials. I love my work, and encourage others to volunteer for this wonderful organization.

Recent RAOGK research assignments have included:

JUNE, 2006

For Blair of ??

  • Searched unsuccessfully for marriage certificate for Harrington/Kimmel ancestors.

For Kathy of ??

  • Kathy has received cemetery photos for Braiser and Willis ancestors, Missoula City Cemetery

MAY, 2006

For Sherri of National City, CA

  • Took Sunset Memorial Cemetery photos for Wilson ancestor.

For Susan of White River Junction, VT

  • Obtained obituary for Haines ancestor.

For Ranee of Billings, MT

  • Obtained obituary for Douglas ancestor.

For Ruth of ??

    • Visited library to obtain obituary for Trickey ancestor, but microfilm was on ILL. Will try again in 30 days.

APRIL, 2006

For Christina of Virginia, MN:

  • Located obituary and funeral notices for one Adams ancestor; still seeking same for a second Adams ancestor.

For Sherri of National City, CA

  • Located obituary and funeral notices for Wilson ancestor.

For Chris Hankins of Port Ludlow, WA

  • Located obituary and funeral notices for one Dixon and one Lowe ancestor. Unsuccessful in search for obituary for a Francisco ancestor.

For Jeanne of Craig, NE:

  • Located obituary and funeral notices for C.C. Pritchett of Arlee, MT.

For Nicole of Missoula, MT:

  • Lent her a book to assist with locating living descendants of those convicted of sedition in Montana. For more info about this ambitious University of MT project, visit www.seditionproject.net.

For Joseph of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada:

  • Located marriage record of Hattie Simpson and Sabin Gilbert.

MARCH, 2006

For Chris of Port Ludlow, WA:

  • Located obituaries and funeral notices for 2 of 3 Mashek ancestors.

For Angela of Carlsbad, CA:

  • Located obituaries and funeral notices for two Beuford ancestors.

For Alice of Raytown, MO:

  • Located obituaries and funeral notices for two of four Darlington and McDonald ancestors.
  • Took cemetery photographs of Darlington headstones.

For Shirley of Topeka, KS:

  • Located articles relating to a Kalispell, MT suicide in 1959.


For Craig of Vancouver, WA:

  • Located obituary and funeral notice for a Somes ancestor.
  • Provided city directory information for same ancestor.

For Bernie of San Jose, CA:

  • Located obituary for Tanberg ancestor.

FEBRUARY, 2006

For Lorraine of ?:

  • Located death record and city directory information for Daenzer ancestor. Unable to locate obituary.

For ? of ?:

  • Attempted but unable to locate obituary for Murr ancestor.

JANUARY, 2006

For Nancy of Morton, IL:

  • Located obituary and cremation notices for McChesney ancestor.

For Lori of Humboldt, CA:

  • Provided city directory information for Robertson ancestors.

Karen of ?:

  • Searched unsuccessfully for Cottingham/Cadonau marriage record.

For Dorothy of Portland, OR:

  • Searched unsuccessfully for evidence of land ownership by Edward Doherty (Clerk & Recorder's Office).

For Laurel of Lake Stevens, WA:

  • Located obits and funeral notices for several ancestors (Missoula Public Library).

For Donald of Bloomington, IL:

  • Located 2 of 3 additional requested obituaries (Missoula Public Library).

For Flossie of ??

  • Located very nice obit of ancestor Josephine Martin (Missoula Public Library).

For Jeremy of ??

  • Searched unsuccessfully for grandfather's marriage record, city directory listing (District Court; Missoula Public Library).

DECEMBER, 2005

For Dorothy of Portland, OR:

  • Montana Historical Society Archives, Helena, MT: Located several documents relating to ancestor Edward Doherty, who worked for the Big Blackfoot Milling Company in Bonner in the late 19th century. Along the way, got absorbed by documents about Copper King Marcus Daly and his many companies - a fascinating day at the archives!
  • St. Mary's Cemetery: Obtained cemetery photos for ancestor Mary Doherty.
  • Missoula Public Library: Obtained obituary for ancestor Mary Doherty, who died tragically at age 35 in 1904, leaving 4 small children behind. Also searched city directories and regional burial indexes.
  • Missoula County Courthouse:Searched birth and death records in clerk and recorder's office.
  • Currently exploring: St. Francis Catholic church baptism registers; when/why ancestor Edward Doherty went to the Phillipines in the early 20th century.
For Donald of Bloomington, IL:
  • Missoula Public Library: Obtained 3 obituaries and regional burial indexes for multiple relatives. Currently addressing new request to obtain 3 additional obituaries.
For Doug of Laramie, WY:
  • Obtained 3 obituaries and regional burial index listings for surname of interest.

For Erin of Madison, WI (a Dane County RAOGK volunteer):

  • Missoula Public Library: Obtained 1 obituaries and regional burial index listings for surname of interest.

For Lindy of ??:

  • Missoula Public Library: checked city directories, regional burial indexes and other resources unsuccessfully for evidence of Lewis ancestors.
  • Missoula County Courthouse: Searched unsuccessfully for birth records (Clerk and Recorder's Office) and marriage records (District Court) of Lewis ancestors.

 

 

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