Virginia Vital Record Access in Danger

FGS Calls Upon the Genealogy Community To Help Fight Access Restrictions

November 2, 2011 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), in conjunction with the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC), calls upon its members as well as the genealogy community to help fight increased restrictions to Virginia vital records – records that are important to the genealogy research process.

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 - to 125 years for birth records and 75 years for marriage and death records!. 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

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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Please take a minute 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.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference -- four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more, visit


Contact: Federation of Genealogical Societies
PO Box 200940
Austin, TX 78720-0940
phone: +1 (888) 347-1500
fax: +1 (866) 347-1350