JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen A Note About Changes In Records Access Postings On the JewishGen Discussion Group #general

Jan Meisels Allen

Dear JewishGen Discussion Group Readers:

As you know I post frequently on a number of items of genealogical interest
and records access which affects access to those records we need to
accomplish research. It is my privilege to do so, both personally and on
behalf of IAJGS as their Chairperson, Public Records Access Monitoring

Henceforth, postings on enacted legislation and regulations will continue to
be posted -no longer when legislation or regulations are pending. This is
due to a change in JewishGen posting guidelines. This is true whether it be
national, for example, a bill introduced in the US Congress affecting access
to the Death Master File; Australian Parliament on changes to their census;
the European Union (which covers a 28-member country bloc) or a local/state
issue such as a Kansas Supreme Court ruling on marriage records, or a
proposed NYC Department of Health regulation on access to birth or death
records. While I strongly believe it is important to know what is
happening before it occurs so that one can prepare-the fact is, this is a
fait accompli.

How to stay informed: In my postings I have encouraged you to register for
the IAJGS Public Records Access Alert. Now it is more important than ever as
that is the only place to find out what is happening with records access
issues when they are first known and pending , especially if you want your
voice to be heard. As with JewishGen, you will be required to register with
your name, email, password and affiliation-IAJGS member society, subscriber
to a JewishGen SIG or Discussion Group. Directions are on the website
once you register.

Starting in October, and during the first week of each month thereafter, I
will be permitted to post on the JGDG a listing of those IAJGS Records
Access Alert postings so that you have an idea of what has occurred during
the past month.

If you are interested in any of the subject matter then you are encouraged
to register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert at and follow
the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which
JGS/JHS/SIG/JewishGen is your affiliation You will receive an email
response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be
finalized. The alerts are archived and once you register you may access the
archives at:

I hope you will take the opportunity to register for the IAJGS Records
Access Alert for the records access information which is important to our
being able to access the records for our research.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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