A new brochure ” The Case for Open Public Records” was released yesterday by the The Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC). RPAC is a joint advisory committee of the National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Association of Professional Genealogists, Board for Certification of Genealogists, and the International Assocation of Jewish Genealogical Societies.

The new tri-fold brochure addresses the facts, pros, and myths for keeping public records open. It also gives guidelines for the access that we need.

The Committee has posted the brochure on the RPAC Web site and has given permission for local genealogical societies to reproduce it. Copies can also be ordered for 12 cents each plus shipping by contacting Jan Alpert at janalpert@aol.com.

The brochure follows the release of the “The Case for Open Records: A Position Paper” earlier this year by the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Open records has become a major issue for genealogists. Please take the time to educate yourself on the issue and share that information with friends, family, and your legislators.