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The Value of Open Public Records
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MGC's NERGC Panel on Open Records: Citizens Can Make a Difference
General Legislation
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How many deaths before the SSDI gets updated again?
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Presidents Quarterly Report December 2009

PRESIDENT'S REPORT
DECEMBER 2009
Barbara J. Mathews, CG

SUCCESSFUL MGC 2009 ANNUAL MEETING AND SEMINAR

I heard very positive feedback on every bit of the program, from the Beginners Workshop to the Luncheon Speaker and to every session in-between. We had such a great attendance that the kitchen had trouble keeping up with us at lunch time. This was the first program with Josh Taylor as our Program Director and I'd say
he was a success.

2010 MGC MEETING: FOCUS ON RECORDS

Josh has already started planning next year's Annual Meeting. The theme will focus on records. The MGC 2010 Annual Meeting and Seminar will take place on June 26th at Bentley University in Waltham. Save the date!

LEGISLATION

In addition to education, our task is to monitor government activities for events of interest to genealogists. Our Civil Records Director, Bernie Couming, caught up with the legislature's Joint Committee on Public Health. His testimony and a fact sheet on our bill are included in the newsletter. He hit on some very important points. If a vital records bill should move forward from this committee this year, Bernie's testimony and facts will be very
helpful to us.

NARA INTERVIEW

Michael Brophy, our Publicity Director, represented MGC at the annual Historiopalooza event in Watertown. A genuine multitasker, Michael not only passed out brochures and discussed our concerns, but he also took the opportunity to find out more about Federal Records. Check out his interview about the Waltham branch of the National Archives with Joe Keefe.

NERGC 2011

MGC has signed the paperwork to participate in the next New England Regional Genealogical Conference in 2011. Set aside the date: NERGC 2011 will run from 6 to 10 April 2011 in both the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel and the Springfield Marriott, Springfield, Massachusetts. We will have much more information on this for you next year.

HEAR TESTIMONY AGAINST HOUSE BILL 2064

Watch the video of testimony against H-2064 for free at: http://comflmregistrynews.blip.tv/file/2784774/ You will see first an organization of hospice nurses and then Sharon Sergeant testify on our behalf. SEE www.massgencouncil.org Check out our website for membership and contact information. From there you can download our White Paper, link to member organizations, or read about our activities.