Recent Blog Posts

bpl postcard
The Value of Open Public Records
Records and Repositories
Rate this blog entry:
0
10849762 815727755140585 6825543623968073505 n
MGC's NERGC Panel on Open Records: Citizens Can Make a Difference
General Legislation
Rate this blog entry:
0
b2ap3_thumbnail_3560856061_20a83080d0_z.jpg
How many deaths before the SSDI gets updated again?
Legislation Federal
Rate this blog entry:

MGC Blog Tag Cloud

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

SUPPORT MGC Today!

(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

Records Access a Key Topic at FGS 2012

Posted by on in General Legislation
  • Font size: Larger Smaller
  • Hits: 36610
  • 0 Comments
  • Subscribe to this entry
  • Print

MGC

The issue of records access will be front and center at the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 2012 Conference in Birmingham, Alabama next week. For the first time, MGC will have a table at a national conference, and we hope to spread the word about our activities as watchdogs over public records. Our display will be in the Society Showcase section of the exhibit hall and attendees will find answers to many questions plus information on how to get more involved. It can be confusing to those not accustomed to the legislative process, but we aim to demystify! If you are in Birmingham, please stop by our table, pick up our newsletter and think about joining our society!

APG

On the Tuesday night before every FGS conference, the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) traditionally holds their APG Roundtable. This year it is Records Access: The Art of Advocacy. MGC is thrilled to welcome APG to the advocacy realmThe roundable will feature a panel discussion and some instructive yet fun role playing to help us all envision how to react when we get news of threats to access. Come and learn what happens as a bill moves through the legislature. When is the best time to write a letter, and where is the best place to send it? Are there dos and don'ts to testifying before a committee? What can you do when a clerk refuses to let you see a document you know you have a right to access? Find the answers to these questions and more at the APG Roundtable.

RPAC

The Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) will be presenting sessions on Wednesday, Society Day. At the "RPAC Update Session", Fred Moss will moderate a panel of RPAC members including Chair David E. Rencher where they will "provide training for RPAC State Liaisons and share materials developed for their use." They will review recent interventions by RPAC and the lessons learned from case studies. MGC President Polly Kimmitt will stand in for Massachusetts State Liaison Mary Ellen Grogan. Stay tuned for a report on RPAC's efforts.

FGS

Finally, David E. Rencher, Chair of RPAC, will speak at the FGS luncheon on "Record Access in a Post-9/11 World," where he will describe what genealogical societies and groups can do to combat the threat of having public records removed or redacted.

All in all this conference proves to be filled with opportunites to learn (and teach others) about why we need to be involved. It doesn't have to be difficult. I'm looking forward to meeting new colleagues and hearing creative ideas about the subject.

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 http://pk-pollybog.blogspot.com.

Comments

  • No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment

Leave your comment

Guest
Guest Sunday, 26 March 2017