(1) The Social Security Death Index were no longer available online or
(2) Birth certificates in every state were not made public for 125years, nor death certificates, marriages and divorce records available until after 75 years?
These and similar proposals further limiting genealogical access to “public” records are actively being considered by policy-makers at the state and federal level.
The most recent example is the hearing held by the Social Security Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee held on 2 February and found at: http://waysandmeans.house.gov/Calendar/EventSingle.aspx?EventID=276835
Recent posts here at the RPAC Blog at http://www.fgs.org/rpac/ give additional information.
We expect to launch a significant petition drive on Tuesday, the 7th of February. It will urge the Administration to take steps that should curtail the filing of fraudulent tax refund claims based upon identity theft from deceased infants and adults almost immediately. Please plan to check back at the RPAC Blog at that time.
What can individual genealogists and local societies do? In essence, our 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?