08 February 2016

Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) has a Blog!

The Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) has a brand new blog! The Records Advocate will communicate about records access issues.

Here is the introductory post ...

Stay Informed! Sign-up for the Records Advocate Blog!
Help RPAC be proactive on records access issues, sign-up for the Records Advocate by clicking-on the “subscribe to blog” blue box on your right. [Editor’s note – when you visit the website, the subscribe option is always shown on the right]  The Records Advocate will keep you advised of state, federal, and international access issues throughout the year which may impact your family history research.

Proactive Genealogists Have Made a Difference! If Your State Legislature is in Session, Stay Alert!
Over the last few years, genealogists have achieved more favorable outcomes when they heard about pending legislation and had time to respond. Many state legislatures are in session during the first few months of the year. Stay alert to possible restrictive legislation in your state.

Make Sure the 2011 Model State Vital Statistics Act is Not Passed in Your State!
The 2011 Model State Vital Statistics Act if passed in your state will increase the embargo period for access to Vital Records, as well as indexes, to 125 years for birth records, 75 years for death records, and 100 years for marriage and divorce records. RPAC is particularly concerned in states which passed the last vital statistics model act in 1992. If you learn of any legislation which will affect access to public records, contact RPAC ataccess@fgs.org. You can read the proposed 2011 Model Act at http://www.fgs.org/rpac/publications/.

Sign-up for the Records Advocate to Stay Informed!

The blog editor has shared that “The post about the Model Vital Statistics Act reminds everyone that most state legislatures are in session and to stay in tune to any legislation in their state. While we are watching the national election for president at the end of the year, your state legislature might pass laws restricting records access in the meantime.”

NGS is proud to be hosting this blog and a sponsor of RPAC.

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