Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Tuesday's Tip - The Genealogist's Declaration of Rights
At various genealogy conferences this summer, attendees will have the opportunity to sign The Genealogist's Declaration of Rights. This document developed by the National Genealogy Society "is a statement advocating open access to federal, state, and local public records", a concept important to all of us who search for our family's stories.
A recent DearMYRTLE blog post includes the official press release concerning the document and reasons for its development. The press release also contains a link to the online document so that anyone can read the Declaration and sign the document online. Attendance at a genealogy conference is not mandatory in order to support the Declaration.
Think of how meager our research would be if we did not have access to these records, from the Social Security Death Index to state land lottery information or local probate records. I hope you will read the document and consider signing it. I did.
National Genealogy Society Press Release: http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2014/06/genealogists-declaration-of-rights.html
Online Declaration for signature: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XzLu1rt-jMHKb74PRjgV-M-rKyB_RsDfma63Gp_ODNI/viewform