PRESERVING AMERICAN HISTORICAL RECORDS ACT
June 6, 2010
Lee Davidson’s column published in the April 19 issue of Deseret News reported that Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, Sen. Orin Hatch, R-Utah, and Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah introduced a bill called “Preserving the American Historical Record Act that would preserve genealogical records through a $50 million a year grant program offered to libraries, universities and local and state governments.
If passed, the bill would preserve paper, electronic or other forms of records. Hatch said that passing this bill would make available to genealogists those coveted birth, death and marriage certificates for their family history and provide jobs across the country.
Levin said, “Like Americans across the country, I take great pride in my ancestry and greatly enjoy learning about my family history. This legislation we are introducing today would help millions of Americans pursue this interest, while helping open up important public records for journalists and historians.”
Others backing this bill are Ancestry.com, the American Library Association, the Council of State Archivists and the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administration.
ANCESTRY.COM: Ancestry.com continues to help you get the most out of your membership. It constantly searches its collections for possible record matches based on our family trees, in my case, Charles C. Stibbens Family Tree, to save time and help in our research. When I get a match, I see a “shaking leaf” icon in my tree as well as receive an email notification. Today’s email informed me there were eight hints with potential matches from eight public Member Trees for Stibbens family member Austin Murr, plus it found Austin in the 1860 and 1910 census.
Ancestry sent out another email to inform me it added birth, death and marriage records for Vermont and Delaware, divorce records for Connecticut, and Ohio obituary index for 1830-2009.
Also, notifications of free Webinars come on a regular basis.
SUMMER GENEALOGY CLASSES FOR MOMS: The South Garland Branch Library in Garland hosts a series of programs designed to help you learn how to capture, preserve, and share family stories, histories and memories. The series begins on June 9 and is called Grow Your Family Tree. The first class, Share the Joy of Storytime with Your Child, bonds mother and child while listening to family stories.
The June 10 class, Finding Your Stories: Use Storytelling, Reminiscing and Journaling to Put Flesh on Family Skeletons, might help you get through the long hot summer while using your genealogy research. This is about sharing family stories that demonstrate the process of building a story based on childhood experiences. This should encourage those wanting to write down their family history by offering methods and recording family experiences through stories and reminiscences.
Uncovering Your Roots: Use Heritage Quest to Find Your Family, June 11, shows you how to tap into one of the largest collections of genealogy material in the country.
Then, on June 12, Preserving Your Memories: Use Windows Movie Maker to Share Family History, teaches you how to do digital scrapbooking on your computer using professional-looking titles, transitions, effects, music, and narration.
Pre-registration is required to attend the Finding Your Stories, Uncovering Your Roots and Preserving Your Memories workshops. Registration is limited. To register for the series call 972-205-3931 or visit the Reference Desk at the South Garland Branch Library to register.
Brenda Kellow has a bachelor's degree in history, teaches, and lectures on genealogy. Before retiring to publish her family’s histories in 2007, Brenda held certification as a Certified Genealogist and as a Certified Genealogical Instructor. Send reunions announcements, books to review, and genealogy queries to: TracingOurRoots@gmail.com.