Friday, July 07, 2006

The Genies Are Coming! The Genies Are Coming!

Anyone else out there remember that great movie The Russians Are Coming? I love when the Russians are running around, screaming at everyone with their heavy accents, "The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming! Ev-er-ee-bod-ee to get from the streets!" Seems that's the way some react to genealogists these days.

In
Massachusetts Prepares for Invaders, always hilarious Chris Dunhum (of The Genealogue) tells of Massachusetts's efforts to batten down the hatches for the upcoming onslaught of genealogists at this year's FGS conference.

It's tongue-in-cheek, of course, but sadly, it seems that genealogists find themselves on the defensive more and more often -- particularly with regard to attempts to deny, or at least, severely curtail access to vital records.

Whenever you hear of one of these initiatives, please take the time to add your voice by contacting the relevant politicians and expressing your concerns. Such attempts are usually sold to the public on the notion that they somehow protect us from fraud, identity theft and/or terrorism, but the reality is that they don't. To learn more, take a quick read of Dick Eastman's So Why Lock Up the Birth Records?

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