Friday, November 4, 2011

Restrictions of Access to Records

(NSGS News Editor: Below are excerpts from two articles that were recently posted on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. Both articles contain information that may be of interest to NSGS Members. The Social Security Administration is changing the Social Security Death Index and the State of Virginia may further restrict access to vital records. Members of the genealogy community should voice their opinions concerning these important changes. Links are provided to allow access to the complete articles.)

The following information is from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at (Accessed 02 November 2011)

Important Changes Made to the Public Death Master File (DMF) and the Social Security Death Index (SSDI)

Effective yesterday, 01 November 2011, the Social Security Administration (SSA) changed its policy on what records it will use as source material for adding new entries in the Public Death Master File (DMF) which, in turn, is used to create the Social Security Death Index (SSDI).

The Agency decided that it can no longer use state death records to add new entries to the DMF. Furthermore, the SSA will remove approximately 4.2 million records currently on the SSDI because those entries were…

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FGS Asks Your Assistance to Fight Virginia Records Access Restrictions
The following announcement was written by the Federation of Genealogical Societies:
November 2, 2011 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), in conjunction with the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC), calls upon its members as well as the genealogy community to help fight increased restrictions to Virginia vital records – records that are important to the genealogy research process.

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