Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Records Access for the greater good

Would that more people ~ citizens, voters, clerks of courts, archivists, legislative officials and judges ~ understood the following sentiments expressed by Gary Mokotoff, Editor, Nu? What's New? The E-zine of Jewish Genealogy From Avotaynu, in Volume 11, No 26, January 2001. 
"Every government puts value on preserving its history. That is why we have national archives. Genealogy preserves history; the history of a family. It cannot be done without access to records, just as historians cannot preserve a nation's history without access to records. It is a greater good than the right to privacy. It is a greater good than the risk of identity theft."
I couldn't agree more. Thanks for expressing this so well, Gary.

As record access issues face local and regional ecclesiastical and government jurisdictions, consider that future generations will study the history of this people, and perhaps learn from our successes, and yes, our mistakes. Hopefully future generations will have the added benefit of advances in thinking and analysis. Let's not curb their abilities by destroying records thoughtlessly.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
Your friend in genealogy.

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