Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Genealogists' Declaration of Rights

Jean Turner shared an email from a fellow DAR member regarding the "Model Vital Statistics Act" that is being proposed for passage in all states. The act has been introduced in several states, although not all of them are following the complete directive.

The provision that would affect all genealogists would be to deny access to birth records for 125 years, marriage and divorce records for 100 years, and death records for 75 years. Imagine how difficult it would be to research ancestors with those restrictions.

The Records Preservation and Access Committee is a joint committee composed of the National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogists, etc. whose mission is to ensure proper access to historical records of genealogical value. This committee has developed a "Declaration of the Rights of Genealogists."

You can help by reading the Genealogists' Declaration of Rights at http://bit.loy/gen-declaration. After you read the page, check the box that you support it and add your name and city. Then click "submit."

It is important for everyone doing U. S. genealogy to get on record opposing what the various state legislatures are trying to do. 

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