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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 at access@fgs.org. You can read the proposed 2011 Model Act at http://www.fgs.org/rpac/publications/.

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Jan Alpert

Chair of the Records Preservation and Access Committee, former president and board member of the National Genealogical Society, and previous conference chair for the NGS Family History Conference in 2011 and co-chair in 2014.

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