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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...

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...