Genealogists Initiate a Declaration of Rights

With thanks to Jan Alpert, RPAC Chair

Richmond, 10 May 2014: Jordan Jones, President of the National Genealogical Society (NGS), a sponsoring member of the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC), announced the Genealogists’ Declaration of Rights before a crowd of more than 2,500 genealogists attending the Opening Session of the NGS 2014 Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia on 7 May 2014.

The Declaration of Rights is a statement advocating open access to federal, state, and local public records. The Declaration affirms America’s long history of open public records, which has been threatened the last few years over concerns about identity theft and privacy. The Records Preservation and Access Committee has worked with state and federal legislators as well as local public officials for more than twenty years in support of legislation and regulations that achieve a balance between access and privacy. The Declaration of Rights has been approved by the board of directors of the three sponsoring organizations: The National Genealogical Society (NGS), the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS).

Jan Alpert

 

Jan Alpert, RPAC Chair signing the Genealogists Declaration of Rights.  You can too!

During the NGS 2014 Family History Conference this week, genealogists from almost all fifty states have signed the Declaration of Rights. Over the next few months, the Declaration will travel to the 34th IAJGS Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Salt Lake City, Utah, 27 July–1 August 2014 and the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in San Antonio, Texas, 27–30 August 2014. The Declaration will also be available for signature at http://bit.ly/gen-declaration  by genealogists not attending one of the conferences. . . .

To see the full press release:  Press Release RPAC Declaration of Rights Ver4 (3)

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Now Available: Got Records? Threats To Genealogy Records Access

Got Records? Threats To Genealogy Records Access

During the recent RootsTech conference, RPAC member Jan Meisels Allen – Vice President of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) and President, Program Chair and founding member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County – sat down with FGS Board of Directors member Thomas MacEntee to present an overview of RPAC, current threats to genealogy records access and issues involving threats to access of the Social Security Death Index. Click here to view the interview.

Thanks go out to FamilySearch and the Family History Library for their assistance in producing this interview and making it available for free to the public.

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