The following is an announcement from the Massachusetts Genealogical Council:
The Massachusetts Genealogical Council (MGC) Annual Meeting and Seminar includes an important panel discussion about vital records access issues on Saturday April 22, 2006 11:15am-12:15pm EST. Those unable to attend in person may listen live through a telephone conference call bridge service or request an MP3 recording.
The cost for remote listeners is $10. MP3 recordings on cd can be shipped for an additional $5. Individual phone charges may apply for long distance phone calls to the teleconference number in Iowa, depending on your personal long distance service plan.
Panel participants have national experience with vital records access issues, as well as the impact of pending legislation and regulations across the nation.
See panel details below and contact Sharon Sergeant, MGC Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-789-2951 to register.
RECORDS ACCESS PANEL DISCUSSION
Richard H. McCoy, Director of the Center for Health Statistics, Vermont Department of Health Responsibilities include research and statistics, the Vermont Cancer Registry, the Vermont Immunization Registry, and the Office of Vital Records. Richard has worked in federal and state government for the past ten years, including the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. His areas of expertise are identity theft and fraud prevention, public health information systems, and population trends.
Reverend Dr. Robert L. Rafford, a charter member and past president of the Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council (CPCG), and a founder of the Town Clerks and Genealogists Action Group of Connecticut, Robert is an active member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and many genealogical research, lineage and historical societies.
Judy St. Croix, President of the Massachusetts Town Clerks' Association, and Town Clerk of Wayland. Judy works with public officials throughout the state on issues affecting the town clerk offices, including hundreds of state laws, regulatory procedures, computerization, fraud, security and records access. She also interfaces with other officials in the region, and across the nation at seminars and conferences.
Melinde Lutz Sanborn, F.A.S.G., is a past-president of the New Hampshire Society of Genealogists, and currently co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. She is a researcher, author, editor and lecturer. Melinde has been a genealogist since 1976, a fellow of The American Society of Genealogists since 1993, and has served in many capacities for other national and regional societies.
In December 2004, President Bush signed Public Law 108-458 "Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004" which includes Section 7211 "MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR BIRTH CERTIFICATES". The text of Section 7211 is enclosed in your registration packet.
During the summer and fall of 2005, working groups throughout the nation discussed proposed draft regulations for this law with vital records officials in every state. These Federal regulation proposals included sweeping changes to state and local vital records laws, as well as vital records access and security measures. The regulations were originally due out in December 2005, but have been postponed until later this year.
This panel discussion will address how these proposals affect records custodians and genealogists.
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