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Dear Fellow Researchers
The hour changes at NARA will affect the research needs of many of us including
prospective members of lineage societies, authors adding flavor to their writings, and
those searching military records as well as folks working on their immigrant families and
those working to find clues to their brick-wall families who use untold numbers of unusual
records among NARA'a holdings. Please see the link below to electronically sign the
petition. You will be able to read what other people have said (before or after signing)
about the proposed new hours and what some researchers have suggested instead.
These are the closest National Archives (NARA) to us: Waltham (Boston) MA, Pittsfield, MA,
and New York City.
Deborah (Pelletier) Tajmajer
Connecticut Ancestor Connections, East Haddam, CT
NARA announced recently ( Thursday, Aug. 31) that very few genealogists have made their
voices heard on the issue of the reduction of hours at the National Archives. The
Federation of Genealogical Societies Records Preservation and Access Committee has
prepared a statement indicating that, “This lack of response sends a loud signal to the
Archives that this is not a serious issue and that closing the Archives on evenings and
Saturdays is irrelevant. The RPAC has recommended the following suggestions for the
Archives to consider:
“1. To accommodate the needs of those who need access on Saturdays, we propose that you
close one other day per week. This would be at your discretion. Other archives often
close Sunday and Monday.
“2. Users who need evening hour access could be accommodated by opening the archives
later in the day, again at your discretion.
“If you agree with the recommendations stated above, we are asking your support by
immediately going on-line and adding your ‘signature’ to our petition to substitute the
hours of access and still help the archives to meet their need to consolidate their hours
of operation. Before 8 September 2006, please go to:
“If you would like to send your own personal letter, send it prior to 8 September 2006 and
address it to:
Regulations Comments Desk (NPOL)
Room 4100, Policy and Planning Staff
National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001”
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