is offering free access to birth, marriage and death records—US
records-only through midnight ET October 6, 2014 (only US records resulted for
the records search I tried before posting). You will have to register
with username and password to access the records. If you have previously
registered you may use that user name and password.
offer does NOT require you providing your credit card information.
you fill in the information of name, location etc. in the search box it will
take you to a new window with results. Be aware that once you are on the page
with results, above the results is a box that states click here for a
free subscription—that is their 14-day free trial where you must provide your
credit card information. Do not click on that link unless you want their 14-day
subscription for their entire database and give them your credit card. The
14-day free trial is NOT the offer that I am posting about and to access the
birth, marriage and death records that are free access through October 6.
Ancestry free b,m,d records offer is to encourage people to watch Finding
Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on PBS Tuesday evenings 8:00 PM/7PM
Central. (Check your local directory for your local PBS station).
is a supporter of Finding Your Roots. The September 30 program features
Derrek Jeter, Rebecca Logo and Billie Jean King. We never know what the
stories reveal...last week’s story of Gloria Reuben found her father’s family
was Jewish from the Jamaican Jewish community. The Jamaican Jewish
community-originally immigrated from Spain in 1492 due to the
Inquisition. All of this is related on last week’s episode. You can
watch previous episodes on your computer at:
The Department of Commerce, NTIS ( National Technical
Information Service), has announced the limited access for the Death Master
File (DMF). The commercial version of the Death Master File is known as the
Social Security Death Index (SSDI).
Effective close of business on September 302014, the NTIS
Temporarily removedfrom its website the
following forms pertaining to certification for the Death Master File:
The Limited Access Death Master File Certification
Application Instructions, Limited Access Death Master File Subscriber
Certification Form, Limited Access Death Master File Subscriber Agreement, and
Limited Access Death Master File Licensee Agreement for Use and Resale.
The temporary removal was due to the Emergency PRA
(Paperwork Reduction Act) effective September 30, 2014 until the Office of
Management and Budget (OMB) clearance for DMF Certification form under the
regular PRA process. OMB is restrained from approval until process completion.
That process includes a 60-day comment period announced in the Federal Register
on August 22, 2014, which will be complete on October 21, 2014. The notice can
be viewed at:
Submit written comments to Jennifer Jessup at JJessup@doc.govThe rest of the process will take an
additional 45 days.Persons certified
prior to September 30, 2014 may continue to have access to the Limited Death
Master File during the interim period.When
there is more information and the process described is over NTIS will post
information on their website: http://www.ntis.gov/products/ssa-dmf.aspx
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring
is both American Archives Month and Family History Month. Many archives are
holding activities for this month—check your local area archives or National
Archives branch or Google American Archives Month to see what is happening in
your area. Genealogists rely on archives for many of the
critical documents we need for our research. Archives Month is an annual
celebration of the importance of archives and historical records and of the
work of institutions which preserve these unique resources. For more
information see the website of the Society of American Archivists:
Scroll to the third paragraph where there is a link to the American Archives
Month. You can also learn about their initiative, “The Year of Living
Dangerously For Archives” for demonstrating the importance of archives and
advocate for archives.
are a few of the activities going on in October:
History Month was started in 2001, when Congress first passed a resolution
introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch (UT-R) who wrote, "By searching for our
roots, we come closer together as a human family." Since then Family
historians continue to celebrate Family History Month every October.
IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee