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Friday, October 3, 2014

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen 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.
To access the records go to:

This offer does NOT require you providing your credit card information. 

When 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.

This 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: You will have to register on PBS to watch the previous episodes…its free. When you click to watch an episode you will be prompted on how to register.

I have no affiliation with and am posting this solely for the information of the reader.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

(US) Limited Access Death Master File Certification Form Expiration

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

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 removed  from 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  The 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:

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

(USA) October is American Archives Month and Family History Month

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

October 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.

These are a few of the activities going on in October:
Kentucky is celebrating American Archives Month  for activities see:

Ohio is celebrating Archives Month see:
Philadelphia is celebrating American Archives Month  see:

Texas is celebrating American Archives Month see: 
 Library of Virginia is offering tours on October 8

The California Genealogical Society and Library is offering free admission by waiving the library usage fee and host a number of free workshops, seminars and special members-only consultations.:

 The New England Historic Genealogical Society (American Ancestors) is offering free access to key databases during October:

Family 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.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee