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Stamford Historical Society
1508 High Ridge Rd, Stamford, CT
March, July and October:
Danbury Public Library
170 Main St, Danbury, CT
April, August and November:
The Trumbull Library
33 Quality St, Trumbull, CT
Fairfield Museum & History Center
370 Beach Rd, Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Ancestry Society, Inc.
PO Box 249, Stamford, CT 06904
The August journal has been sent to the post office for those subscribed to a postal journal. Electronic copies have been emailed to those subscribed electronically. Available to all members the past journals are posted in the Members Area of the website.
We hope your research is going well! See you at the August meeting: Round Table discussion, 09 Aug 2014 at the Trumbull Public Library, 33 Quality Street. Bring your questions, brick wall problems or successes for discussion.
Our July meeting was a lecture about how to use autosomal DNA. Most of the attendees had already been tested and were curious about how to determine relationships among their matches. The topic was so popular that it will be repeated as a workshop in March at the Danbury Public Library. This will be a 2-hour hands-on event. Please bring your laptop or tablet so you can work on your own results. More information will be available as the date gets closer.
The legislation (SB414) was not written up as a bill and did not get out of the legislative committee. Thanks to everyone who wrote or called their legislators. There was a big reaction against this proposed bill and the legislature heard it loud and clear.
Efforts are now being made to have better communication with town clerks, the Department of Public Health and legislators so that this sort of bill does not sneak up on us again.
A bill is pending before the CT legislature that will change availability of vital records to genealogists. It is SB
414: AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S RECOMMENDATIONS CONCERNING GENEALOGISTS' ACCESS TO VITAL RECORDS.
The current statute says genealogists have access to vital records "during all normal business hours." The proposed change would add this sentence: A registrar of vital statistics may grant a genealogist immediate access to such records or may require a genealogist to schedule an appointment to access such records, at the registrar's discretion. A registrar requiring an appointment for access to such records shall schedule such appointment as soon as reasonably practicable.
Obviously, this is a very broad revision and it could result in arbitrary restriction of access to vital records.
Your help is needed to work against passage of this bill. There will be a public hearing before the Public Health Committee on Friday, March 14. Members of the public may give testimony, or may just attend the hearing. Please contact your CT legislators and inform them you are opposed to this bill. More information about the bill, and the names of your legislators can be found at http://www.cga.ct.gov/
Please contact Nora Galvin firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or comments. Nora will be testifying against this bill on Friday.