Monthly Archives: February 2012

There’s gold in them thar petitions! There’s an old saying, usually attributed to Otto von Bismarck,1 that laws are like sausages; it’s better not to see them being made. For one particular part of the law-making process, however, I beg … Continue reading

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HIPAA doesn’t lock the door on genealogical archives. Reader Tanya asks: I visited a county historical society museum in my parents’ hometown … and they had binders of documents that came from a funeral home that had gone out of … Continue reading

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I’ve signed the SSDI petition — have you? The petition of the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) is now up and running at WhiteHouse.gov. I’ve signed — mine was signature number 11. Have you signed yet? If not, get … Continue reading

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RPAC to launch “Stop ID Theft NOW!” Campaign At some point in the next 24 hours, a new “Stop ID Theft NOW!” Campaign will be launched by RPAC, the Records Preservation & Access Committee (a joint committee of the Federation … Continue reading

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WDYTYA and Ancestry’s commercials. Oh, boy… Oh, puh-leeeeeze, Ancestry.com. I mean seriously. I love the show Who Do You Think You Are? and had a wonderful time Friday night with Martin Sheen’s fourth great grandfather the judge trying to chase … Continue reading

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Rather switch than fight? 23andMe transfers to FTDNA – yes! In genetic genealogy circles, when the subject of autosomal DNA testing comes up — the kind that works across genders and doesn’t have to be a son of a son … Continue reading

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A family mystery: who was Myrtie Law… and what happened to her? On New Year’s Day, 1880, Sarah Jane Cottrell married Aaron C. Henson in Parker County, Texas.1 Sarah Jane was the younger sister of my great grandfather, Martin Gilbert … Continue reading

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Public access to SSDI took it on the chin in Thursday’s House hearings Hooboy. Talk about a stacked deck. Yesterday’s hearings on the future of public access to Social Security death information before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on … Continue reading

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Finding NC Court Records … it’s easy as 1-2-3. Remember when you were a kid in school and the teacher asked a question you really really wanted to answer? You sat up as tall as you could, threw your hand … Continue reading

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Just a note as to the hearings tomorrow (2 Feb 2012) that could affect access to the Social Security Death Index (SSDI): The Records Preservation & Access Committee (a joint committee of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical … Continue reading

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