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Online Genealogy Conference at GenealogyForum.org

Sunday, 10/1 – Tuesday, 10/31

Location: Online

GenealogyForum.org announced its Second Annual Online Genealogy Conference during Family History Month. The conference will run from October 1st to Oct 31st 2006 during the hours of 8pm to 11pm EST. All events will be held in the chat rooms at www.genealogyforum.org.

This year’s conference will provide something for all genealogists from beginner to advanced. We will be holding informational genealogy lectures and our knowledgeable staff will be on hand to answer your genealogy questions. Other events include research parties where we do genealogy research for you and genealogy quizzes where you can test your knowledge.

We’re especially honored to welcome these special guests:

Paul Heinegg, Author of Free African Americans of North Carolina and Virginia

Katherine Hope Borges, DNA Genealogy Project Coordinator

Whitney Ransom, Representative of worldvitalrecords.com

Halvor Moorshead, Editor of Internet Genealogy Magazine

Randy Seaver, Creator of the GeneaMusings Blog

Judy Barker & Roberta…

More Info: www.genealogyforum.org/OH2006/tentativeohschedule.php

Mid-Atlantic Genealogy Fest

Saturday, 10/21

Location: Wilmington, Delaware

"Keeping Up With the Neighbors" presented by the Delaware Genealogical Society and the Historical Society of Delaware

More Info: http://www.delgensoc.org

Request to Support Passage of HR 5216

The following is an announcement written by AfriGeneas:

Support passage of HR 5216 — the Preservation of Records of Servitude, Emancipation, and Post-Civil War Reconstruction Act of 2006

AfriGeneas needs you to act quickly to guarantee passage of HR 5216 — the Preservation of Records of Servitude, Emancipation, and Post-Civil War Reconstruction Act of 2006 by calling the leaders of the House of Representatives.

The bill requires the Archivist of the United States to: (1) establish, as part of the National Archives, an electronically searchable database of historic records of servitude, emancipation, and post-Civil War reconstruction, including the Southern Claims Commission Records, Freedmen’s Bureau Records, Records of the Freedmen’s Bank, Slave Impressments Records, Slave Payroll Records, Slave Manifest, and others, contained within the agencies and departments of the Federal Government to assist African Americans and others in conducting genealogical and historical research; and (2) Requires the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to provide grants to states, colleges and universities, and genealogical associations to preserve records and establish databases of local records of such information.

Please call the following Congressional Leaders and ask that: (1) they lend their personal support to this very important legislation and, (2) (1) they approve bringing this bill to the House floor under suspension so that members can vote passage.

Please call:

Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL)
(202) 225-2976

Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH)
(202) 225-6205

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
(202) 225-4965

Congressman Mel Watt (D-NC), Chair
Congressional Black Caucus
(202) 225-1510.

Sample talking points:

Thank you for taking my call. My name is [your name] and I am calling to ask [the Congressional Leader’s name] to support HR 5216 to preserve civil war and reconstruction records at the National Archives. These records are extremely important to genealogists, historians, and others interested in understanding this very critical period in American history. As an American, I have a personal interest in these records because much of the information about my ancestors are in them. Please use your leadership and bring this very important bill to the floor for a vote.

Please act now! Time is of the essence!

The AfriGeneas Staff

AfriGeneas ~ African Ancestored Genealogy

NARA Reduces Hours

From: "NOTICE" <NOTICE@nara.gov>

Date: September 26, 2006 10:25:39 AM EDT

Subject: NARA Notice 2006-278, Final Rule on Research Room Hours Change

September 26, 2006

I announced in July NARA’s plan to reduce the research room hours in the National Archives Building and the National Archives at College Park, effective October 2. This measure was taken in response to the need to reduce operating expenses significantly in order to have sufficient funds to fulfill our mandate throughout the fiscal year. As detailed in NARA Notice 2006-229, the rule would change our hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The interim final rule was published on July 25, 2006, and was open for 45 days for public comment. A well-attended public hearing was held on August 3. We received over 530 comments on the rule.

In response to strong public comment, we have modified the schedule to provide extended research room hours once a month on Thursday and Friday evening and Saturday. The new hours are: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Once a month, we will have extended hours to accommodate researchers who seek evening and Saturday hours. The monthly extended hours are: Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 8:45 p.m., and Saturday, 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The first extended hours will be held October 19 through 21.

In addition to the forthcoming publication of the final rule on September 27, we have posted signs in the research rooms in Washington and College Park and are sending a message to many of our constituent organizations notifying them of the new hours. We also will have the new hours posted on www.archives.gov/research/, including the specific dates for extended hours in FY 2007.

As a researcher myself and a past user of National Archives services, plainly I am troubled by the need to institute these reduced hours. I can only assure you, however, that I will make every effort in the months ahead to restore NARA to a financial situation that will allow us to resume our existing hours.


Archivist of the United States