RPAC at Federation of Genealogical Societies at Birmingham

Records Preservation and Access issues are a recurring theme at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference in Birmingham this week.

First up,  the APG Roundtable immediately following the Annual Meeting of the Association of Professional Genealogists, on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at 7:00 PM Central in the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, Ballroom XII.   Learn what you and/or your chapter can do to help preserve the records so crucial to our profession and ensure our access to those records in the future! The discussion will feature some enlightening role-playing by APG’S “Not Ready for Prime Time Players!”

On Wednesday, the 29th of August,   the Records Preservation and Access Committee will conduct an update session featuring our recent successes and setbacks.  They will also provide training materials and discuss the critical role played by State Liaisons to RPAC in addressing threats to our access to the records we need.

Immediately following this session, RPAC Chair David E. Rencher will address the FGS Luncheon on the topic “Records Access in a post 9/11 World.”  Learn what your society can do to combat this threat.

On Friday August 31st at 11am, I will be leading a discussion with the somewhat whimsical title “Genealogists:  Why do Officials Hate/Ignore Us?”  Genealogists need to be able to articulate why we want to know more about those who have gone before us.  We hope to develop some suggestions on how we can work better with decision makers.

Other conference sessions and events give examples of how genealogical societies and their members can play a role in cemetery and records preservation efforts.

Hope to see many of you there!

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