RPAC at FGS San Antonio

The following was written by the members of the Records Preservation and Access Committee:

With thanks to Jan Alpert, RPAC Chair

The Times They Are A-Changing, T219, 1:15 p.m.

The Records Preservation and Access Committee presents “The Times They Are A-Changing” on Thursday afternoon beginning at 1:15 p.m. Panelists Jan Alpert, RPAC Chair, Fred Moss, Counsel for FGS, and Jan Meisels Allen, Chair, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee will present an update on the several important state, federal, and international record access issues including the following:

  • Learn how the 2013 Bipartisan Budget Act closed access to the Social Security Death Index for three years after each individual’s death unless certified by the Department of Commerce, and how RPAC is responding to the closure;
  • The 2011 Revision of the Model Vital Statistics Act has been introduced in several states, which if passed, embargos access to birth records for 125 years, marriage and divorce records for 100 years, and death records for 75 years. What can you do in your state to preserve your access to Vital Records?
  • The European Union has new Data Privacy Regulations under consideration which include the “right to be forgotten.”
  • The genealogical community (sponsored by FGS, NGS, and IAJGS) has initiated a Genealogists’ Declaration of Rights. More than 3,500 have already signed the Declaration at the major conferences this year or online. Stop by the RPAC booth #604, sign the Declaration, and receive an “I signed the Declaration” sticker. Genealogists care about access to records and we vote.

The slides are now posted as the last item on the RPAC Blog Publications page at http://www.fgs.org/rpac/publications/.

One Comment

At the recent IAJGS Conference in Salt Lake City, we were told that the petition was only for Americans. Perhaps other countries would benefit from similar lobbying,

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