Genealogists with Pennsylvania ancestry recently received good news: Governor Corbett has now signed Senate Bill 361 and it will become law. The new legislation makes state-issued birth and death certificates open after a predetermined amount of years. See my earlier articles at http://goo.gl/LZ7pl and at http://goo.gl/bjYn1 for details.
Writing in the Lebanon (Pennsylvania) Daily News, James Beidler describes the history of the the drive for the new law. Passage required a lot of email messages, phone calls, and other efforts by genealogists throughout the state. His article might be used as a blueprint for legislative changes in other states.
You can read James Beidler's latest Roots & Branches article at http://www.ldnews.com/columns/ci_19572322
You also might be interested in his column every week. It's a good one.
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