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Digitization done

Access from home, welllllll… It’s a big milestone for FamilySearch. A milestone it describes in its announcement today as one “83 years in the making.”1 “Today,” the blog post continues, “FamilySearch International announced the completion of a massive...

NARA invites comments

FY2022-26 Strategic Plan open for comments So… The Legal Genealogist just finished sitting in on the one-hour virtual Town Hall of the U.S. National Archives as its staff sought to explain and seek input on its strategic plan for the fiscal years 2022 through...

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...