Records Preservation & Access Committee

A joint committee of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, and the National Genealogical Society

The genealogical community works together through The Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC).

RPAC meets monthly, and more often if needed, to advise the genealogical and historical communities, as well as other interested parties, on ensuring proper access to vital records, on means to effect legislation, and on supporting strong records preservation policies and practices.

RPAC Mission Statement

To advise the genealogical community on ensuring proper access to historical records of genealogical value in whatever media they are recorded, on means to affect legislation, and on supporting strong records preservation policies and practices.

Learn the responsibilities of and how to become a State Liaison. Find the listing of all current State Liaisons.

Read the latest information about RPAC
activities and projects.

Records are always at risk of accidental or scheduled destruction. Today, many additional problems threaten access to the documents and collections that hold our genealogical, medical, and social history. Funding cuts resulting from budget crises, large scale natural disasters, as well as rapidly changing technology are adding to the existing problems of preserving and maintaining access to records.

The organizations participating in RPAC cannot solve all these complex issues, but are acting to help coordinate the efforts of individuals and societies who can have a tremendous impact on these problems. The effective response to access and preservation challenges are usually from the individuals who vote and pay taxes in the specific locality. YOU, individually, and the genealogical societies of which YOU are a member, can make the difference on these issues in your area.

Email questions to access@fgs.org.

  • Sponsoring Members

    • Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
    • International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS)
    • National Genealogical Society (NGS)

  • Participating Members

    • American Society of Genealogists (ASG)
    • Association of Professional Genealogists (APG)
    • Ancestry.com
    • Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG)
    • International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen)
    • ProQuest