The SaddleBrooke Genealogy Club’s monthly meeting is this Thursday November 3 at 1 o’clock in the Coyote Room of the SaddleBrooke Clubhouse. Linda McCleary will speak on “Access to Vital Records.” The following information is excerpted from the club’s November newsletter.
Various states are seeking to restrict access to vital records – an integral research tool for genealogists. These vital records include birth, marriage, and death certificates, which are essential resources for family historians seeking to properly document their family history. Nationally, the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) is working to monitor and support efforts to keep open vital records.
The RPAC comprises a joint committee representing the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society, and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.
The RPAC has a liaison designated for each state. Genealogist Linda McCleary, Sun City (Phoenix area), is the statewide liaison for Arizona. She will present a program to describe how we, as family historians, can support the efforts of RPAC in maintaining access to official birth, marriage, and death records. This is an opportunity to learn about vital record access issues and how individuals and genealogy groups are monitoring and objecting to limiting legislation.