Help Us
Help You
Keep Access to Records


MGC Blog Calendar

Loading ...

MGC Blog Latest Posts

10849762 815727755140585 6825543623968073505 n
MGC's NERGC Panel on Open Records: Citizens Can Make a Difference
General Legislation
Rate this blog entry:
How many deaths before the SSDI gets updated again?
Legislation Federal
Rate this blog entry:
Please Sign RPAC's Genealogists’ Declaration of Rights
General Legislation
Rate this blog entry:

MGC Blog Tag Cloud

SSA Ethnicity medical profile Judy Russell Virginia Pennsylvania budget Advocacy Civil Records Health pedigree Rhode Island Massachusetts records access diagnosis NFOIC Donna Holt Siemiatoski Delaware introduction access HR3475 S-1534 Records Access legislation IAJGS Mary Ellen Grogran volunteerism SSA TIGTA audit volunteers DPH Jan Meisels Allen open access DMF Society Showcase Linda McCleary Free pensions smallpox archives 2012 land records Presenters online registration FGS Elections Speakers FGS HR 295 records access Congress Advocacy records access sysoon Death Master File Programs Access S1534 Massachusetts budget cuts inheritable disease FGS Conference New Hampshire Annual Seminar Lame Duck State archives Henning Jacobson New Hampshire fraud DMF RPAC War of 1812 Jan Alpert Alvie Davidson State House Virginia Open Access ISJGS Public Records medical pedigree Alfred DeMaria Georgia Rep. Sam Johnson (TX) Kate Auspitz legislators HR3475 Harold Henderson S3432 mail forwarding outreach SSDI Genealogy Presidential Citation health history IGS Newsletter family medical history HR6205 HR295 FamilySearch DMF; SSDI; Tax Fraud; legislation Georgia Archives Education legislation NEHGS Melinde Byrne Sponsors Oklahoma Barbara Mathews Fred Moss Legal Genealogist Records Access Vital Records IRS legislation Kenneth Ryesky threats to access Tax Fraud award Bruce Cohen Vendors Arkansas NAPHSIS Richard Nugent Annual Seminar identity fraud family traits Congress NGS 2012 Seminar Randy Seaver New Jersey humane Thomas MacEntee NERGC Senate FOIA closures Stan Nyberg Identity Theft Social Security Administration civil records APG 2014 Seminar communication Teresa Scott Lou Szucs Ancestry Federal Richard McCoy Jan Meisels Allen Public Records SSDI RPAC threats to access public access Michael J. Astrue David Rencher Georgia Helen Shaw State Library Registration State legislation Sharon Sergeant Jacobson v Massachusetts Transparency Instruction blog Billie Fogarty Arkansas funding Annual Meeting and Seminar Rep. Richard Nugent (FL) Legislative MGC APG Roundtable Tennessee Tennessee Rep. Michael Capuano (MA) seminar Annual Meeting IAJGS

Member Login



fgs ptp donate

MGC Sentinel

Keeping Watch Over Massachusetts Public Records

  • Home
    Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site.
  • Categories
    Categories Displays a list of categories from this blog.
  • Tags
    Tags Displays a list of tags that have been used in the blog.
  • Bloggers
    Bloggers Search for your favorite blogger from this site.
  • Team Blogs
    Team Blogs Find your favorite team blogs here.
  • Login
    Login Login form

Update from Public Records Access Monitoring Committee of IAJGS

Posted by on in Uncategorized
  • Font size: Larger Smaller
  • Hits: 51546
  • 1 Comment
  • Subscribe to this entry
  • Print
Jan Meisels Allen of the International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies, and member of the Records Preservation Access Committee (RPAC) keeps abreast of developments that interest anyone concerned with access to public records. She sent out this update and we thought we should republish, with Jan's permission, of course.
The US Congress is starting on their "summer vacation" and your elected US Senator and Congressperson will be home.  Getting to know your elected representative is very important--and if you are concerned about continued records access including the Social Security Death Index and that genealogists are NOT the cause of identity theft, there is no better time to make an appointment to meet with your representative and their staff.  2012 is an election year--the entire House of Representatives and 1/3 of the US Senate -- your society is made up of their constituents -- use this time wisely to get to know your elected officials and they to get to know you and your society!
The issue of identity theft and the Death Master File, also known under the commercial version, Social Security Death Index (SSDI)  has been discussed on this forum previously- with 4 bills having been introduced late last year: HR 3475 (Johnson R-TX); S 1534 (Nelson, D-FL),
HR 3482 (Castor D-FL) and HR 3215 (Castor-D-FL and Nugent R-FL).  On July 26, 2012 two more bills were introduced, interestingly by some of the same authors of the bills already introduced:

 S 3432 (Nelson D-FL, co-sponsored by Senator Tom Coburn R-OK)  click on:
 or see original url:

 and HR 6205 (Nugent -R-FL) click on:
 or see original url:

Both of these new bills contain provisions for "certification" and a waiting period of 2 years. This is similar to the bills both authors also introduced in 2011 [S 1534 and H 3215] . The reason for introducing similar bills in 2012 as in 2011 may be as simple as the first bills did not receive a hearing and they wanted the bills to be on the "radar" of the committees they have been assigned.  As IAJGS learns more about these bills information about any potential hearing or other information will be posted to this forum.

IAJGS submitted statements on their position to earlier hearings on the issue of identity theft and the Death Master File/SSDI  --the hearings were not on specific bills, and their statements may be viewed at the Legislative Alert that is posted to their website at 

While this alert was updated in late May it is still valid regarding the issue of SSDI/Death Master File.  An updated Legislative Alert will be forthcoming shortly and when it is updated it will be announced on this forum.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

I want to thank Jan for her timely updates and informed communications directed towards the genealogical community.

Last modified on
Rate this blog entry:

Polly FitzGerald Kimmitt is a Board-certified genealogist specializing in Massachusetts research. She has been taking clients for sixteen years and researches a variety of topics from Mayflower lineages to locating townlands of Irish immigrants. She is a case worker under contract to the US Army on repatriation cases, helping to locate family members of servicemen missing or killed in previous conflicts. She currently serves as a director at Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), and editor of the FGS Voice Newsletter, and is past president of MGC. You can read her personal blog at


  • Barbara Mathews
    Barbara Mathews Monday, 06 August 2012

    Thank you, Jan, for a great update! I hadn't thought that we could find our representatives and senators at home. This is useful news.

Leave your comment

Guest Tuesday, 04 August 2015