RPAC at FGS Ft. Wayne — Updated 15 September

Once again records access issues will be a significant topic at a major genealogical conference.

RPAC Committee, State Liaisons, State Genealogy Society Presidents, and others interested in current threats to vital records, are encouraged to join us for the RPAC Presentation at FGS, Wednesday, 21 August 2013, at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. For those attending the FGS Conference next week in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Session W106 is titled “Strategies for Protecting Access to State Vital Records.”    Slides for this presentation [RPACatFGS2013] are found on the Publications Page of this blog:  http://www.fgs.org/rpac/publications/  .  A recording of this session can be ordered from www.fleetwoodonsite.com/fgs  as Item #21585.  Note– The presenters for this session have chosen to donate any royalties from this recording to the FGS Preserve the Pensions Project to digitize the War of 1812 pension files.

Hear representatives of the Records Preservation and Access Committee discuss:

  • What is RPAC, who participates, and how does RPAC respond to threats against access to vital records?
  • How the draft 2011 Model Vital Statistics Act may extend the time vital records are closed to the public
  • Actions being considered by the European Union which would limit access to vital records in EU countries
  • A review of several bills pending in the US Congress which will limit or close access to the Social Security Death Index
  • Learn how you can help protect access to vital records by visiting and writing your state and federal representatives.

And on Friday the 23rd of August, The Legal Genealogist, Judy Russell will offer her insights on the topic of

Roadblocks, Red Lights and Detours: Records Access Issues

Session F-328, Friday 2:00-3:00 PM

In her words:

”  This was supposed to be the Age of the Information Superhighway. Physical access to courthouses and archives, coupled with massive digitization projects and easy availability of Internet access, should have made this a genealogist’s dream: a time when everybody had access to just about any kind of information residing anywhere. It hasn’t worked out quite that way. Even as so many records are becoming so much more accessible as they come online, doors are being slammed shut on so many more — often records that aren’t and won’t be online, now and perhaps ever.”

Join us in Ft. Wayne!.

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