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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...

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...