Recent Blog Posts

bpl postcard
The Value of Open Public Records
Records and Repositories
Rate this blog entry:
0
10849762 815727755140585 6825543623968073505 n
MGC's NERGC Panel on Open Records: Citizens Can Make a Difference
General Legislation
Rate this blog entry:
0
b2ap3_thumbnail_3560856061_20a83080d0_z.jpg
How many deaths before the SSDI gets updated again?
Legislation Federal
Rate this blog entry:

MGC Blog Tag Cloud

Delaware S-1534 Georgia Sponsors FGS sysoon TIGTA audit Federal Advocacy Arkansas Ancestry Stan Nyberg RPAC Society Showcase Vital Records inheritable disease Lou Szucs Virginia Presenters 2012 Seminar Transparency pensions Annual Meeting blog Annual Meeting and Seminar legislators HR3475 Access Free Identity Theft legislation budget SSA Legislative Georgia Archives RPAC Henning Jacobson Genealogy Bruce Cohen medical profile S1534 NEHGS Jan Meisels Allen budget cuts Death Master File HR295 humane FamilySearch records access State Library NGS Ethnicity New Hampshire Public Records DMF Senate Rep. Michael Capuano (MA) family traits APG NERGC War of 1812 Linda McCleary IGS Presidential Citation Legal Genealogist funding award Judy Russell Advocacy Annual Seminar Kate Auspitz Annual Seminar Mary Ellen Grogran access Richard McCoy civil records IRS Pennsylvania smallpox Virginia Speakers Records Access Registration HR3475 HR6205 land records Programs Jacobson v Massachusetts MGC Jan Meisels Allen Sharon Sergeant New Hampshire Newsletter Congress introduction closures David Rencher Vendors Health pedigree volunteerism APG Roundtable Richard Nugent NFOIC Billie Fogarty SSDI Rep. Richard Nugent (FL) seminar Alvie Davidson NAPHSIS Social Security Administration Tennessee archives public access Barbara Mathews identity fraud Teresa Scott Alfred DeMaria FGS IAJGS medical pedigree records access DMF Rep. Sam Johnson (TX) Education diagnosis Harold Henderson State House Donna Holt Siemiatoski legislation SSDI Fred Moss online registration Tennessee FGS Conference Melinde Byrne Congress Instruction State legislation Helen Shaw records access open access S3432 fraud State archives Civil Records Georgia Massachusetts communication Public Records ISJGS 2014 Seminar threats to access Kenneth Ryesky Michael J. Astrue Jan Alpert mail forwarding 2012 health history New Jersey Arkansas Open Access Massachusetts Oklahoma Rhode Island FOIA HR 295 Lame Duck volunteers DPH Thomas MacEntee outreach IAJGS Elections Tax Fraud legislation family medical history Randy Seaver SSA DMF; SSDI; Tax Fraud; legislation Records Access threats to access

SUPPORT MGC Today!

(Online donations available
after website update in 2016.)
 
MGC has been recognized as tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3). Gifts of support are fully tax-deductible and donors will receive a written acknowledgement for tax purposes.

MGC Sentinel logo MGC Sentinel Logo

MGC Sentinel

Keeping Watch Over Massachusetts Public Records

  • Home
    Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site.
  • Categories
    Categories Displays a list of categories from this blog.
  • Tags
    Tags Displays a list of tags that have been used in the blog.
  • Bloggers
    Bloggers Search for your favorite blogger from this site.
  • Team Blogs
    Team Blogs Find your favorite team blogs here.
  • Login
    Login Login form
10849762 815727755140585 6825543623968073505 n
  Please join us at our Panel on Open Records, to be held at 1:45 PM on Saturday, April 18th, in session S-324, at the New England Regional Genealogical Conference in Providence, Rhode Island. Citizens can make an impact on our laws and regulations at several points in the legislative process: By working to submit bills that meet our needs and interests. By commenting on those bills as they go through the process of hearings and readings (votes). By continuing to be involved as legislation is implemented through regulation. Our panelists have insight on how citizens stay involved in government activities involving their interests. Please welcome Judy, Helen, and Teresa, all fresh from the trenches of advocating for access. The Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, is a genealogist with a law degree. She writes, teaches and lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics, ranging from using...
Last modified on
Hits: 9943
Rate this blog entry:
0
At the National Genealogical Society's Conference in Richmond, Virginia last week, the Records Preservation & Access Committee (RPAC) announced the Genealogists' Declaration of Rights: 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. RPAC 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). To read the full press release click here: Press Release RPAC Declaration of Rights Ver4 (3). Now is the time to speak...
Last modified on
Hits: 7824
Rate this blog entry:
bostonstatehouse - small lime
  Members of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council board braved the elements in December to present the first of two talks introducing genealogy to State House staffers. By all accounts it was a great success and we are happy to announce the second talk in the series. Please join us! Learning about Family History Tuesday, March 18, 12:00pm – 1:30pm State Library, Massachusetts State House, Room 442 Bring your lunch and listen to Sharon Sergeant, Polly FitzGerald Kimmitt,CG, and Mary Ellen Grogan talk about the resources and techniques used to discover the story of your family. This is a follow-up to the talk on genealogy given on December 11. We will be discussing different aspects of research, but you will be able to follow the talk even if you weren’t able to attend in December. Sharon will be talking about various records and how one set of records will lead to...
Last modified on
Hits: 4513
Rate this blog entry:
FGS 2013 Pres. Citation to MGC-smaller
Every year, the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) holds a large national genealogical conference. The highlight of the conference for MGC this year was being awarded a Presidential Citation from D. Joshua Taylor, President of FGS, in recognition of our outstanding work in ensuring records access for genealogists! When our FGS delegate was called to the front of the huge hall to accept the award in front of all of her peers she was quite tickled and very proud. More than 1,500 genealogists gathered this year in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to learn, share, network and stock up on reading material! FGS members include genealogical societies, libraries, family societies, archives and companies, and all share the goal of studying the history of families. Regular ol' genealogists attended the conference in abundance and were not disappointed. MGC had a presence in the Exhibit Hall in the area known as Society Showcase, a small, village-like...
Last modified on
Hits: 57940
Rate this blog entry:
IAJGS 003
  Jan Meisels Allen discusses PRAMC activities.Photograph by Barbara Mathews.   Early in August Boston had the honor of hosting the annual convention of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. The Park Plaza was abuzz for a full week of presentations, an exhibit hall, and cultural events. Many MGC officers and members attended. I was there on Monday for a presentation of IAJGS's Public Records Access and Monitoring Committee (PRAMC) given in conjuction with the Records Access and Preservation Committee here in the U.S.. Jan Meisels Allan, Kenneth Ryesky, and Janet Alpert presented the well-attended Monday session. There was a lot of material to cover. PRAMC looks at records access issues internationally. The European Union is considering a General Data Protection Plan. Among the types of data considered for protection are the materials that genealogists commonly access. People would be required to opt-in to having their information accessed in the...
Last modified on
Hits: 50645
Rate this blog entry:
0