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Connecticut opens OBCs

Adoptees to get original birth certificates In just a few weeks, on 1 July 2021, adult adoptees born in Connecticut will have the unrestricted right to get what everyone else takes for granted. A new law, signed into law on 7 June by Governor Ned Lamont, will give all...

Tiptoeing back to normal…

FHL to reopen No words needed from The Legal Genealogist. Let the FamilySearch announcement speak for itself: The FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, announced it will begin a phased reopening starting 6 July 2021. The popular destination...

Buy some land!

Okay… buy and share some land records! What a week this has been! It’s the week of the 2021 Family History Conference of the National Genealogical Society — virtual, of course, and not the conference we all hoped for in Richmond this year. But NGS...

One last chance with USCIS

Comments due tomorrow, 19 May 2021 The Legal Genealogist has asked, twice, nicely. First, on Monday, 3 May, in “Call for comments,” this blog laid out the invitation the genealogical community has to comment on a request by a federal agency as to records that affect...

Speak out by Wednesday

May 19 deadline for USCIS comments Every so often, the genealogical community gets a chance to weigh in on records access. We have that chance, right now, to speak out on access to records that are critically important: records of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration...

Call for comments

A call to action for genealogists Like most requests from the federal government, it seems to be written in geek-speak: the language of bureaucracy. Telling ordinary citizens to “identify, with specificity, the regulation or … process at issue, providing the...

We won one!

Researchers, rejoice! There isn’t anything The Legal Genealogist likes better than the chance to report good news. And boy is there ever good news to report today. The National Archives’ regional repository in Seattle, Washington, is staying put. No more...

Cautious good news

About that USCIS fee hike It’s called EO 14012. EO for Executive Order. Signed on 2 February 2021. Published on 5 February 2021. With an official citation of 86 FR 8277 and the fancy title: “Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening...

Saving Seattle

Washington AG to sue on National Archives It was — oh — at least a million years ago when the horrible news broke. Okay, so it was January 2020, but The Legal Genealogist stands by the characterization on both counts: it does seem like a million years ago...