Call to Action: Access to Virginia Vital Records in Danger

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[Editor’s Note: as the genealogy industry continues to grow and evolve, more and more opportunities are found where the input of genealogists and family historians is needed. Look for more of these Call to Action posts here at GeneaBloggers in the future.]

Calling all genealogists and family historians – especially if you are concerned about access to any and all vital records. Right now plans are in the work to increase restrictions for Virginia vital records – to 125 years for birth records and 75 years for marriage and death records!

What’s Happening with Virginia Vital Records

On Tuesday, November 22, 2011, the Virginia Joint Commission on Health Care (JCHC) will vote on to extend the current access restrictions by another 25 years. Between now and November 22, 2011 you can send your comments to the committee members and let them know why the restrictions to access should not be extended.

What You Can Do about Virginia Vital Records Access

Here is how you can get involved:

  • Send your letter via email to

Senators, General Area, Email address

Linda T. Puller, Fairfax, Prince William,
George Barker, Fairfax, Prince William,
Harry B. Blevins, Chesapeake/Portsmouth,
Edd Houck, Fredericksburg/Orange,
Louise Lucas, Portsmouth – Brunswick,
Ralph Northam, M.D., Norfolk, Matthews, Eastern Shore,
William Wampler, Bristol and Southwest,
Patricia S. Ticer, Alexandria/Arlington/Fairfax,

House of Delegates, General Area, Email address
Ben Cline, Amherst – Lexington,
Bob Brink, Arlington,
David Bulova, Fairfax,
Rosalyn Dance, Petersburg,
Scott Garrett, M.D., Lynchburg,
Algie Howell, Norfolk,
Harvey Morgan, Gloucester,
Dave Nutter, Radford/Roanoke,
John O’Bannon, M.D. Henrico,
Chris Peace, Hanover,


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And don’t forget to follow the Records Preservation and Access Committee blog at to follow all the latest news about vital records access and changes to laws and policies affecting genealogists and family historians.


Please take a minute and step away from your own genealogy research and get involved. Even if you don’t have Virginia ancestors, realize that other states and entities look at what is being done regarding vital records access – your state or municipality might be next!

Email or write the contacts listed above and let them know as a genealogist and family historian what it means to access such records.  Don’t be afraid to get personal – share your success stories or how you’ve helped a client using vital records.

Many small voices make for one large voice. Our history here in the United States has shown this to be so. Our ancestors call out to us for their stories to be told. Our duty is to let legislators and others in decision-making positions hear those voices and work to provide reasonable and responsible access to vital records – everywhere.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

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