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

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


(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 State legislation
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: 8793
Rate this blog entry:
Jan Meisels Allen, IAJGS Vice President and Chairperson of the IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee keeps MGC up-to-date on legislative developments. Here is a summary of her latest announcement. State vital records laws that redact or restrict information can stymie genealogists.  A recent example is Virginia's law allowing only Virginia residents the right to access public records. According to the National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) there are eight states that have or have had similar provisions: Arkansas, Georgia, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania,  Tennessee,  and Virginia.  See: Several groups and individuals are taking this provision to the U.S. Supreme Court. One person from Rhode Island and another from California are challenging the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provision on access for only Virginia citizens. Two Federal appellate courts have each ruled differently, which is why it is being appealed to the Supreme Court. A decision by the Supreme Court whether it will...
Last modified on
Hits: 85133
Rate this blog entry: