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

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


(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
Subscribe to this list via RSS Blog posts tagged in access
bpl postcard
The Value of Open Public Records Sponsored by the Massachusetts Genealogical Council and the Boston Public Library 6-7:30 pm Monday November 9, 2015 Commonwealth Salon, Boston Public Library, Copley Square The program is free, registration is not required. Attendees are encouraged to express their opinions and concerns in this open forum for discussion. Sharon Sergeant, MGC Vice President, will moderate a multidisciplinary panel of experts and attendees to discuss how open public records benefit our society and citizens in practical applications today. Massachusetts was an early adopter of open public records:From the Body of Liberties, Approved by the Massachusetts Bay Colony General Court in 1639 and published in 1641. We will discuss how open public records benefit our society and citizens, ensuring that all laws and regulations are followed to protect civil rights, inheritance and property rights, historical and medical research advancement, records preservation and access as well as the repatriation...
Last modified on
Hits: 10877
Rate this blog entry:
The Civil Records Committee wants you to know about upcoming changes to the information genealogists will be able to access in the Social Security Death Index. These changes are part of the revenue-generating provisions in the bipartisan budget compromise bill that is currently under consideration in the U.S. Congress. The bill passed the House of Representatives last night. It will be heard in the Senate soon. The changes to the SSDI will take place 90 days after the budget bill passes and is signed into law. The revenue-generating provision mandates that any death reported to the Social Security Administration be withheld from the Social Security Death Index until the end of the calendar year following the third anniversary. This means that a death that takes place, let's say, July 4, 2014, will not appear in the SSDI until January 1, 2018. We and others have blogged about the upcoming changes. You...
Last modified on
Hits: 55491
Rate this blog entry:
    During the first day of the National Genealogy Society's 2013 conference, three events focused on records access. Harold Henderson, CG, the luncheon speaker for the Association of Professional Genealogists discussed "It's Not Just the SSDI: How We Can Advocate for Genealogy While Still Practicing It." He painted a bleak picture, noting that we often are on the defensive in protecting records access. We need to "keep the toothpaste in the tube" by showing an interest broader than our personal families. Just as it's too hard to put toothpaste back in a tube, it is also too hard to get access to records that have already been closed to the public. Harold advised us to be involved in all levels of government action, from legislating bills to developing regulations. Melinde Lutz Sanborn, CG, FASG, past vice president of MGC and current president of the American Society of Genealogists, titled her...
Last modified on
Hits: 144260
Rate this blog entry:
In a happy turn of events, Georgia's Governor Nathan Deal and Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced yesterday that the Georgia State Archives will remain open at least through June 20, 2013. It is slated to be transferred to the University System of Georgia after that, so this opens up more questions. This new budgetary commitment allows the archives to remain open under current hours.’s-archives-open...
Last modified on
Hits: 62860
Rate this blog entry: