Recent Blog Posts

bpl postcard
The Value of Open Public Records
Records and Repositories
Rate this blog entry:
10849762 815727755140585 6825543623968073505 n
MGC's NERGC Panel on Open Records: Citizens Can Make a Difference
General Legislation
Rate this blog entry:
How many deaths before the SSDI gets updated again?
Legislation Federal
Rate this blog entry:

MGC Blog Tag Cloud

Annual Seminar Jacobson v Massachusetts Legislative Billie Fogarty Helen Shaw Education Health pedigree legislation RPAC access New Jersey New Hampshire SSA medical profile HR295 Michael J. Astrue Pennsylvania Ancestry Vital Records diagnosis IAJGS Annual Seminar Rhode Island Transparency 2014 Seminar open access budget Programs Massachusetts Jan Meisels Allen APG Roundtable Delaware 2012 Seminar online registration MGC outreach threats to access ISJGS Advocacy Records Access Barbara Mathews introduction public access family medical history New Hampshire Vendors Melinde Byrne identity fraud FGS HR6205 legislation communication Congress seminar NEHGS volunteers Virginia S-1534 Rep. Richard Nugent (FL) HR3475 Lou Szucs Sponsors civil records Rep. Michael Capuano (MA) records access Ethnicity Teresa Scott Open Access smallpox Federal NERGC closures SSDI Presidential Citation 2012 Donna Holt Siemiatoski State archives Rep. Sam Johnson (TX) Speakers Arkansas Jan Alpert FOIA RPAC HR 295 Tax Fraud TIGTA audit blog Bruce Cohen legislation Access Richard McCoy IRS Newsletter Records Access Jan Meisels Allen Civil Records Instruction Virginia family traits Oklahoma volunteerism Fred Moss Harold Henderson Elections Henning Jacobson Free Linda McCleary FGS Conference State legislation inheritable disease land records Advocacy Public Records Senate medical pedigree Mary Ellen Grogran Annual Meeting FamilySearch records access Alfred DeMaria fraud Genealogy IGS mail forwarding NGS Public Records Randy Seaver Richard Nugent Lame Duck DMF; SSDI; Tax Fraud; legislation Society Showcase Registration State Library FGS Alvie Davidson Kenneth Ryesky funding budget cuts legislators HR3475 S1534 Tennessee Sharon Sergeant IAJGS NFOIC Stan Nyberg Tennessee threats to access Georgia Archives Death Master File archives Georgia award Thomas MacEntee Georgia DPH pensions SSDI Legal Genealogist Identity Theft DMF David Rencher Kate Auspitz humane records access DMF NAPHSIS Judy Russell Social Security Administration Massachusetts Arkansas SSA S3432 Presenters War of 1812 APG health history Annual Meeting and Seminar sysoon Congress State House


(Online donations available
after website update in 2016.)
MGC has been recognized as tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3). Gifts of support are fully tax-deductible and donors will receive a written acknowledgement for tax purposes.

MGC Sentinel logo MGC Sentinel Logo

MGC Sentinel

Keeping Watch Over Massachusetts Public Records

  • Home
    Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site.
  • Categories
    Categories Displays a list of categories from this blog.
  • Tags
    Tags Displays a list of tags that have been used in the blog.
  • Bloggers
    Bloggers Search for your favorite blogger from this site.
  • Team Blogs
    Team Blogs Find your favorite team blogs here.
  • Login
    Login Login form

MGC Receives National Recognition

Posted by on in General Legislation
  • Font size: Larger Smaller
  • Hits: 57224
  • 1 Comment
  • Subscribe to this entry
  • Print

FGS 2013 Pres. Citation to MGC-smaller

Every year, the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) holds a large national genealogical conference. The highlight of the conference for MGC this year was being awarded a Presidential Citation from D. Joshua Taylor, President of FGS, in recognition of our outstanding work in ensuring records access for genealogists! When our FGS delegate was called to the front of the huge hall to accept the award in front of all of her peers she was quite tickled and very proud.

MGC Booth in FGS 2013 ShowcaseMore than 1,500 genealogists gathered this year in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to learn, share, network and stock up on reading material! FGS members include genealogical societies, libraries, family societies, archives and companies, and all share the goal of studying the history of families. Regular ol' genealogists attended the conference in abundance and were not disappointed. MGC had a presence in the Exhibit Hall in the area known as Society Showcase, a small, village-like group of tables promoting smaller societies (as opposed to big companies like and FamilySearch). Quite a few people stopped by the MGC table to talk about records access issues and take a chance on our wondrous door prize, which consisted of lots of goodies based on a Massachusetts theme, e.g. An 'R's ah fa losahs' tee shirt, some lobster bibs, Necco wafers, USS Constitution paperweight, 2 DVD War of 1812 set, antique postcard of Pilgrims, MGC mugs, and much more.

MGC thanks FGS for the opportunity to take our mission to the national level, and we are very grateful for the President's Citation in that it helps to promote our cause of keeping civil records open and accessible to all genealogical and historical researchers.


Last modified on
Rate this blog entry:

Polly FitzGerald Kimmitt is a Board-certified genealogist specializing in Massachusetts research. She has been taking clients for sixteen years and researches a variety of topics from Mayflower lineages to locating townlands of Irish immigrants. She is a case worker under contract to the US Army on repatriation cases, helping to locate family members of servicemen missing or killed in previous conflicts. She currently serves as a director at Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), and editor of the FGS Voice Newsletter, and is past president of MGC. You can read her personal blog at


Leave your comment

Guest Thursday, 27 April 2017