13 November 2012
Several people contacted me about this issue when it surfaced a few weeks ago! NGS now has a bit more information and can direct you to where you can learn more!
Per the WSGS newsletter ...
The Washington State Department of Health has sent a request to the Public Records Committee that all WA Vital Records have limited access: births for 125 years, marriage, death & divorce to 50 years.
This is devastating news to genealogists as well as other businesses and industries that use these records for legitimate purposes.
Read the full article at Washington State Genealogical Society Newsletter, Volume 29, Issue 6, Nov-Dec 2012
Planning to write and “complain!” RPAC will be contacting these individuals – maybe we should also?!?!
Office of the Governor
Phone: (360) 902-4111
Fax: (360) 753-4110
Phone: (360) 753-6200
, State Capitol Campus Insurance Building
Phone: (360) 902-0370
Toll-Free: (866) 902-3900
Jerry Handfield, State Archivist
1129 Washington Street SE Olympia
Email State Archivist firstname.lastname@example.org Mail: PO BOX 40238
Telephone: (360) 586-1492
Loss of records access hurts all genealogy and family history researchers. Once again, let’s be heard!
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