Genealogical societies in Oklahoma and Georgia are asking for support. Family historians and genealogists who need access to records in these states should think about supporting the efforts of genealogists to keep records available.
As reported in the MGC Sentinel, “in Oklahoma, a law enacted in 2011 limited access to all vital records to those people named in them. The regulations caught up to the law recently with serious repercussions, particularly for death records. If you have been denied a death record from Oklahoma in the last two years, please send a description of your experience to this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Georgia, there continues to be serious concern about the ability of the Georgia State Archives to remain open to researchers. Right now the state legislature is considering two bills. One would move management of the archives from the Secretary of State’s office to the University of Georgia System. The other, put forward by the Provost of UNC, would add bring the archives’ budget up just enough to assure that critical staff would continue employment.
People who support the Georgia Archives have started their own blog at http://georgiaarchivesmatters.org/. Look at the post, “Archives Update: On To The Senate” for information about who to contact in support of the increased budget and the administrative move.”