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RPAC at FGS 2019 in DC — Is This A Breakthrough?

The FGS Annual Conference being held this week at the Omni Shoreham hotel in DC will feature a Records Preservation and Access Committee report on Thursday afternoon at 4:00 pm, session T-244. Panel presenters will include the Executive Director of NAPHSIS, the organization of Vital Records Officers; Jan Meisels Allen providing an update of recent state legislative activity…

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Genealogy: Not JUST a Hobby!

Family History is a significant and growing hobby. An article appearing on the Voice of America web site in 2013 highlighted this fact when they observed: “Genealogy, in fact, has become a global phenomenon. A market research firm, Global Industry Analysts, says there are more than 80 million professional and amateur genealogists around the world.…

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RPAC Blog is Back!

We are grateful for the privilege of being a part of the launch of the new FGS website and sorry that the Records Preservation and Access Committee’s Blog has had to be offline for a couple of months.  Expect that we will have some catching up to do and some new developments to report in the near…

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Death Master File –The Final Rule–28 Nov 2016

Today is the effective date for the Final Rule implementing the statutory mandate found in Section 203 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 directing the Secretary of Commerce to develop a certification program limiting access to and the content of the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File. To get to this point this project…

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Closing Death Records — The Logical Flaw

One of the misperceptions with which we have repeatedly had to wrestle in recent years has been that ALL Personally Identifiable Information (PII) by default must be safeguarded.  For many legislators in recent years, it is almost a reflexive belief that the best or only way to fight identity thieves is to close the records…

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Closing Death Records Is Just Dead Wrong!

The threat of Identity Theft has prompted over a thousand legislative proposals at the Federal, state or local level in recent years impacting access to vital records.  The vast majority of these proposals have had the effect of limiting that access for genealogical and other purposes. The rationale used to justify most of these measures…

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ID Wise from the Center for Identity

Like every other citizen, modern genealogists also live their lives on an internet populated by identity thieves. The Center for Identity at The University of Texas at Austin (UTCID) has launched IDWise, a state funded online resource and one-stop-shop for consumer-friendly tips, articles, games and videos on how to manage and secure personal information for…

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Virginia Vital Record Access in Danger – Your Help Needed Now!

Calling all genealogists and family historians – especially if you are concerned about access to any and all vital records. Right now plans are in the work to increase restrictions for Virginia vital records – to 125 years for birth records and 75 years for marriage and death records! What’s Happening with Virginia Vital Records…

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