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Ordering the SS-5: 2020 style

New online ordering system There’s good news and bad news on the “please may I have a copy of that application for a Social Security number” front. The bad news is, all of us — The Legal Genealogist included — are going to have to get used to a whole...

Speak out now!

… for NYC records access and use The deadline is coming up fast for public comments on a proposed rule by the New York City agency in charge of the Municipal Archives that — unless it’s changed a lot — will impact the rights of researchers,...

Um… a retreat by NYC?

Another great example of 2020 in operation It’s the perfect metaphor for this crazy year of 2020. A government agency says, in print, it intends to change its rules to state that there will be a “Publication or license fee for any use of a reproduction of a...

Reprieve!

USCIS fee hike on hold A legal challenge to the enormous increases scheduled to go into effect this week in fees charged by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has led a federal judge in California to put the rule including the rules on hold. And boy...

Not my fault!

I take no responsibility The Legal Genealogist is not to blame. I had nothing whatsoever to do with it. I take no responsibility at all of any kind for the horror that is known as the Russell Indexing System. I am deep in the weeds of tracing the history of the house...

Rescuing history

Saving some of the records It may be one of the most important rescues in the history of the United States. The rescue of its history itself. A rescue that became critically, vitally, important, 206 years ago today. Because it was 206 years ago today that British...

One last chance at USCIS

Oppose the USCIS fee hikes! Three days, and a bit, are what we have. Three days to speak out. Three days to try to prevent outrageous fee hikes for records obtained from the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) Genealogy Program. Just three days. We...