Jan Meisels Allen, vice president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) and chairperson of the IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee, is the IAJGS representative to the Records Preservation and Access Committee and was one of three featured guests on the edition of GeneaBloggers Radio hosted by Thomas MacEntee Friday Evening, the 6th of January entitled:
Genealogy New Year’s Resolutions for 2012
We anticipate having audio of her segment in a few days but in the meantime she can be heard in the last twenty-five minutes of the full program found at:
Added RPAC Audio Segment: RPAC segment on GeneaBloggers
Jan covered the history and role of the Records Preservation and Access Committee and the genealogical organizations that support its efforts to preserve our access to the records we need.
She discussed the need for RPAC State Liaisons in the twenty-one jurisdictions not currently represented as reflected in the Liaisons Needed list found on the Publications link on this blog.
RPAC has developed resources such as the Tool Kit also found on the Publications page. With thanks to FamilySearch, Jan Allen’s presentation was videotaped after the RPAC session at the NGS Conference in Charleston and is available at:
Jan also reviewed some of the pending legislation which might adversely affect our access to the Social Security Death Index (aka Master Death File) and other resources. The initial link at the beginning of this post and here gives background and lists legislators with an interest in this topic with whom genealogists may wish to correspond. Talking Points on SSDI
IAJGS maintains a particularly valuable online resource of US and Canadian Government Legislative Websites where you can go to find your representatives and how to reach them at: http://www.iajgs.org/pramc/legisites.html
Pending legislative initiatives of concern to the genealogical community can also be found at the IAJGS Legislative Alert page of their website at: http://www.iajgs.org/pramc/legislation.html
What can individual genealogists and local societies do? In essence, Jan’s message is “Get Involved!”
Start by asking these two questions:
(1) Do I know who my legislators (state & federal) are?
(2) Do they know who I am?