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Just received this and I assume this is accurate.
Sent: Sunday, November 28, 2004 6:08 PM
Subject: HR-10 - Will restrict our access to county and state birth records
> Hello, fellow researchers,
> I've recently learned of a bill moving swiftly through the U. S.
> House of Representatives that would severely restrict our access to birth
> records, even those kept by counties and states, in the name of
> "security." We genealogists (and any other citizens) would have access
> only if we are the "registrant" (it's our own record), or are named in the
> document. If we don't meet those criteria, we would have to meet "minimum
> standards for issuance of a birth certificate to specific family members,
> their authorized representatives, and others who demonstrate that the
> certificate is needed for the protection of the requestor's personal or
> property rights."
> You might be interested in reading the actual language of this
> bill. It can be found at http://thomas.loc.gov./ Put in the number of the
> bill (HR10) on the home page, where it says "Bill Number." Once on the
> page where the bill starts, find the part about birth records using "Find
> on this page."
> It is my understanding that David Rencher, Chairman of the Record
> Access and Preservation Committee, a joint committee of the National
> Genealogical Society and Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), has
> sent a letter to the bill's sponsor, Congressman Dennis Hastert,
> recommending an amendment to the bill as follows:
> "However, nothing in this Chapter 2 shall be construed to require a State
> to change its law with respect to public access to (A) non-certified
> copies of birth certificates, or to (B) birth certificates or birth
> records once a period of 100 years has elapsed from the date of creation
> of the certificate or record."
> A copy of the entire letter is available on the FGS site at
> Because this bill is moving toward passage so quickly, it is urged
> that the genealogical community take action immediately and let their
> representatives know that they are in support of David Rencher's proposed
> amendment and the FGS position in this important matter. To find your
> state representative's contact information, go to:
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I am looking for any information on Ezra L. Fowler, bn 1842, OH, and wife,
Mary Ann (Hayward) Fowler, bn 1844, Ohio.
They were in Poweshiek, Co, IA in 1872 thru 1875, according to the birth of
3 of their children born in Iowa.
George A. Fowler, bn 1868, MO
Edward T. Fowler, bn 1870, MO
Ezra Lonzo Fowler,Jr., bn 1872, IA
David Albert Fowler, bn 1874, IA
Andrew Jackson Fowler, bn 1875, IA
Robert William Fowler, bn 1877, Mich
Mamie May Fowler, bn 1878, Mich
Charles Sumner Fowler, bn 1881, Mich
Perhaps someone will have some info on this family. I have reason to
believe they went to Iowa because Ezra might have had Fowler kin in Iowa.
Darline Fowler Smith
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