Press Release from Georgia Secretary of State:
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|September 13, 2012
Statement from Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp on Public Closure of the State Archives Effective November 1, 2012
The Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget has instructed the Office of the Secretary of State to further reduce its budget for AFY13 and FY14 by 3% ($732,626). As it has been for the past two years, these cuts do not eliminate excess in the agency, but require the agency to further reduce services to the citizens of Georgia. As an agency that returns over three times what is appropriated back to the general fund, budget cuts present very challenging decisions. We have tried to protect the services that the agency provides in support of putting people to work, starting small businesses, and providing public safety.
To meet the required cuts, it is with great remorse that I have to announce, effective November 1, 2012, the Georgia State Archives located in Morrow, GA will be closed to the public. The decision to reduce public access to the historical records of this state was not arrived at without great consternation. To my knowledge, Georgia will be the only state in the country that will not have a central location in which the public can visit to research and review the historical records of their government and state. The staff that currently works to catalog, restore, and provide reference to the state of Georgia’s permanent historical records will be reduced. The employees that will be let go through this process are assets to the state of Georgia and will be missed.
After November 1st, the public will only be allowed to access the building by appointment; however, the number of appointments could be limited based on the schedule of the remaining employees.
Since FY08, the Office of the Secretary of State has been required to absorb many budget reductions, often above the minimum, while being responsible for more work. I believe that transparency and open access to records are necessary for the public to educate themselves on the issues of our government. I will fight during this legislative session to have this cut restored so the people will have a place to meet, research, and review the historical records of Georgia.
Jared S. Thomas
Brian P. Kemp, Secretary of State
214 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30330
The Birmingham African-American Genealogy Study Group (BAAGSG), a special interest group of the Birmingham Genealogical Society, meets the second Sunday of each month (ex. May and November) in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are welcome!
Next meeting: Sunday, September 9th at 3 p.m.
Meeting Place: Birmingham Central Library, Arrington Auditorium
Topic: Using Process of Elimination in Your Search for Ancestors
Instructor: Donald Debrow
From our friends at the Alabama Genealogical Society:
AGS Fall Seminar 2012
The Alabama Genealogical Society Fall Seminar will be Saturday October 13, 2012, 9:00 A.M.- 1:45 P.M. at the Alabama Department of Archives and History, 624 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36130. The speaker is Robert Scott Davis, Jr. The title of the program is Three Anniversaries. The lecture topics will be: 1. War of 1812 Era Research, 2. The Basics of Researching a Civil War Ancestor, 3. World War I Research and Other Military Records After the St. Louis Fire.
Seminar Fee: $40.00 for non-members and $35.00 for members.
Lunch is available for those who register by October 11, 2012.
For addition information please go to http://www.algensoc.org/main/seminars.html
or e-mail Yvonne Crumpler at firstname.lastname@example.org
1st Vice President
Alabama Genealogical Society
Hurray! He wants to put more records online.
Link to the al.com article here:
Did you miss seeing Yvonne and Liz on Fox6 Tuesday morning talking about the FGS conference and genealogy? Fox6 now has the video online:
Please come by and see us in the Exhibit Hall (East Exhibit Hall at the BJCC). You do not have to be a registered conference participant to access the Exhibit Hall. The vendors and societies participating are numerous… and LOTS of special “conference only” deals from the vendors (book vendors, software vendors, genealogical websites). This is the last day of FGS 2012 and the Exhibit Hall will be open until 3pm.
Hope to see you there!
Search all U.S. Censuses free
From August 29th through September 3rd, Ancestry.com is opening all of its U.S. census records (1790 – 1940) – FREE. Go to www.ancestry.com/census to learn more and start searching.
Take a trip back in time
Go beyond searching your family’s true story in the census records and see what your own life could have been like as an adult in 1940 with the Ancestry.com Time Machine. Our interactive, time-travel experience requires just a handful of information provided by you. And in return, you get a custom video featuring YOU in 1940. While it’s not genealogy, it is high-tech fun. Create your own video and share it with your friends and family. And encourage them to create their own at www.ancestry.com/TimeMachine.