13 November 2012

Vital Records Access -- More at risk -- Washington State



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.


Planning to write and “complain!”  RPAC will be contacting these individuals – maybe we should also?!?!

GOVERNOR
CHRISTINE GREGOIRE
Office of the Governor
416 14th Ave. SW Ste. 200
PO Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504-0002
Phone: (360) 902-4111
Fax: (360) 753-4110

ATTORNEY GENERAL
ROB MCKENNA
1125 Washington St. SE
PO Box 40100
Olympia WA 98504-0100
Phone: (360) 753-6200

STATE AUDITOR
BRIAN SONNTAG
Insurance Building, Washington State Capitol Campus
PO Box 40021
Olympia WA 98504-0021
Headquarters: Insurance Building, State Capitol Campus
Phone: (360) 902-0370
Toll-Free: (866) 902-3900

Jerry Handfield, State Archivist
Location: 1129 Washington Street SE Olympia
Email State Archivist archives@sos.wa.gov  Mail: PO BOX 40238
OLYMPIA WA 98504-0238
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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