JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen JGS of Maryland April 29 program #general

Susan Steeble

Speaker: Brooke Schreier Ganz
Title: "Reclaim The Records: Using Freedom of Information Laws for Genealogy"
Date and Time: Sunday, April 29, 2018, 1:30 p.m.
Location: Pikesville Library'?s meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Rd,
Pikesville, MD

Please join us on Sunday, April 29, 2018, to hear Brooke Schreier Ganz
present "?Reclaim The Records: Using Freedom of Information Laws for

Tired of being told by archives, libraries, and government agencies
that the genealogical records you want are "unavailable"? We were,
too, so we figured out how to do something about it. We're Reclaim The
Records, a new not-for-profit activist group of more than 5000
genealogists, researchers, historians, and journalists. We use Freedom
of Information laws - and sometimes even lawsuits - to obtain copies of
previously inaccessible archival record sets, which we then put online
for free public use.

We've won the first-ever public and online access to more than twenty
million archival records, including the New York City marriage license
index (1909-1995), the New York State death index (1880-1956), and the
New Jersey marriage index (1901-2016), and we have an ongoing lawsuit
for the Missouri birth and death index (1910-present), and more. This
presentation will explain how we accomplished this, as well as the
history and legal basics of Freedom of Information laws, and will
teach researchers how to file requests for any records that may help
their own family tree research.

The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members (applied
to membership fee when a visitor joins JGSMD) after their first
meeting. Refreshments will be available. Please check our web site at for late updates and for the time, location, and program
of future meetings.

Susan Steeble
Baltimore, MD
JGSMD Public Relations

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