24 September 2009

Corinne Knasinski, RPAC Colorado Liaison

Corinne Knasinski, Colorado State Liaison to RPAC

Corinne Knasinski has been appointed to the position of Colorado state liaison to the Records and Preservation Access Committee (RPAC).

The RPAC is a joint committee of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the National Genealogical Society (NGS) which depends upon the state liaisons across the United States to notify them and the genealogical community when state legislation threatens to close public records.

RPAC has drafted and published a position paper which describes recommendations to genealogical societies and individuals on effective courses of action on legislative matters. You may read more about RPAC at http://www.fgs.org/rpac/index.php and http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/the_records_preservation_access_committee.

Corinne’s role will be to monitor Colorado legislation as it’s introduced in the House of Representatives and Senate that affects open access or closure of public records important to genealogists. As an example of the effectiveness of coordinated effort, a few years ago the legislature was considering a bill to close the public records of Colorado marriages. Several members of the leadership within Colorado genealogical organizations quickly organized an email movement, and testified before a hearing committee in opposition to the closing of the records. As a result of the genealogists’ hue and cry, the bill was modified. With thousands of genealogists in Colorado, and the many organized societies within the state, the organized voice of the Colorado genealogists can be an effective method of conveying our ideas, opinions and experience to members of the legislature in effecting bills which serve the public good while maintaining open access.

Corinne has served on the board of the Colorado Genealogical Society, and is a member of the National Genealogical Society as well as the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Corinne says, “I’m excited to serve in this role because, as a genealogist under the age of 40, I’m worried my peers won’t have any records to search in the future. I’ve had the chance to participate in the political process before, but never with something so near and dear to me. I’m honored to serve in the role.”

Corinne lives in Parker with her husband and their family dog. She is employed fulltime as a meeting and conference planner for the Financial Planning Association. Her other hobbies include volleyball, photography, and golf. She’s embracing a whole new group of genealogical research possibilities. “We married just two years ago, so I gained a whole new family I haven’t yet had time to research.”

We welcome Corinne’s enthusiasm and willingness to take on this important task. Please make a personal pledge to support her efforts in monitoring legislative activities and support your genealogical community’s activist endeavors.

23 September 2009

September genealogy column

Julie Miller’s monthly column is in the 20 September 2009 edition of the Broomfield Enterprise. The September column is Connect using online social networking.