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From: "Richard S. Cooke" <>
Subject: [GM-L] Fwd: [CCC] More attacks on sources of information.
Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2002 15:30:46 -0400
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Thought you may be interested in this even though it is not about=20
>Resent-Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2002 13:02:48 -0600
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>From: "Gordon A. Watts" <>
>Old-To: "Canada Census Campaign" <>
>Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2002 12:01:14 -0700
>Organization: Canada Census Committee
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>Subject: [CCC] More attacks on sources of information.
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>The following message from Sharon Sargeant is passed on FYI regarding
>further attempts in Maine to restrict information sources which are
>vital to those involved in genealogy and historical research. This is
>but one example of efforts in many areas to severely hamper our efforts
>to gain information regarding our ancestors.
>Most of these efforts are reportedly directed at preventing 'identiy
>theft' even though there is little evidence that BMDs and Census
>information play any part in these illegal activities. It is our opinion
>that those proposing such changes have little knowledge regarding the
>importance of access of these records for those seeking their ancestry,
>and are acting on an exaggerated sense (otherwise known as paranoia) of
>the need for absolute privacy regardless of the passage of time before
>these records are made available.
>Proposed legislation in Ontario would, I believe, close BMDs for 150
>years, and one posting that I have seen suggested that 38 States either
>had, or were contemplating, restrictive legislation regarding access to
>information vital to our research.
>This mail list is primarily to deal with efforts to regain public access
>to Post 1901 Census records in Canada. It is felt however, that attacks
>on other sources of information vital to our research, regardless of
>where they occur, should be made known as widely as possible. Everyone
>is therefore invited to post information regarding such attacks to the
>CCC list so that as many people as possible may be made aware of them.
>Gordon A. Watts
>Listowner - Canada Census Campaign mail list
>Co-Chair, Canada Census Committee
>Port Coquitlam, BC
>en fran=E7ais http://globalgenealogy.com/Census/Index_f.htm
>Subject: [APG] Massachusetts Public Records Closing Diligence
>Resent-Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2002 00:06:49 -0600
>Date: Mon, 22 Jul 2002 23:07:00 -0700 (PDT)
>From: Sharon Sergeant <>
>The Massachusetts Genealogical Council (MGC) has received SOME
>unofficial reports that H5158 will NOT be recommended from the House
>Rules Committee for a third reading
>However, the MGC is also receiving reports that the Registry of Vital
>Records, Registrar Stanley E. Nyberg, Ph.D. is still maintaining an
>ERRONEOUS POSITION that H5158 is supported by the MGC - causing
>confusion with some representatives, and attempting to proceed with this
>bill passage before July 31st.
>The MGC is unalterably opposed to the Public Records closing in H5158
>and continues to support the MA Senate bill S2302
>The MA Secretatry of State, NEHGS and the MA Newspaper Publisher's
>Association are also opposed to H5158.
>Repeated attempts to obscure the valid objections to H5158 need to be
>removed. Massachusetts Representatives should be asked if they have
>conducted a line by line comparison of H5158 versus S2303 - as the MGC
>has done - and investigated all rhetorical smoke screens.
>MA residents who have already contacted their local rep are requested to
>send a brief note to
>and summarize their representative's reponse and understanding of the
>H5158 bill. Folks outside of MA who have heard from either MA reps or MA
>residents may also send a summary of their responses to help the MGC
>clarify any further sources of miscommunication.
>Public hearings will not be held in this session, so it is imperative
>that the MGC get a summarized replay of the phone, email and letter
>communications with MA Representatives.
>Thank you for your interest in this matter,
>MGC Program Director
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