Michigan Genealogical Council

Records Preservation & Access Coalition

The Records Preservation and Access Coalition is a joint committee of the National Genealogical Society and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. The Federation of Genealogical Societies was also a founding member. Their mission statement is “To advise the genealogical community on ensuring proper access to historical records of genealogical value in whatever media they are recorded, on means to affect legislation, and on supporting strong records preservation policies and practices.

This is the presentation from 4 May 2018 at the National Genealogical Society Conference from the Records Preservation and Access Committee, a joint committee of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, National Genealogical Society, International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Republished with permission.

The Records Advocate Blog is the blog or the records Preservation and Access Coalition.

Reclaim The Records, is a not-for-profit activist group of genealogists, historians, researchers, and open government advocates. Their purpose is to identify important genealogical records sets that ought to be in the public domain but which are being wrongly restricted by government archives, libraries, and agencies. Reclaim the Records files Freedom of Information and Open Data requests to get that public data released back to the public. And if the government doesn’t comply, they take them to court.