UPDATED—CALL TO ACTION!!!
New Jersey residents—your voice is needed to stop Bill S-1784!
Note: The vote on Bill S-1784 has not yet been scheduled (earlier reports were in error). Nonetheless, it is still vital that you contact your State Senator so that your opinion is counted as we may not get adequate advance warning when it comes up for a vote and/or be locked out of the ability to affect funding until next budget year. This bill affects your access to records today and in the future. Thank you for your action.—
Anyone paying attention to the news knows that there has been a lot of budget turmoil in Trenton lately. Caught in the crossfire is a bill which will further complicate management of the public records lifecycle—and will impact New Jersey researchers.
In 2012, the State split the Division of Records Management from the New Jersey State Archives—a move which defied both logic and time-tested unified models of archives and records administration that exist in most states, the U.S. federal government, and internationally. Bill S-1784, will further complicate the effectiveness of records management in New Jersey and severely affect efforts by the New Jersey State Archives to move public archives and records administration into the 21st century.
Below is a link to a position paper authored by the Advocates for New Jersey History and supported by the Genealogical Society of New Jersey, among others. Please read it in its entirety.
Then, contact your State Senator and let him or her know of your OPPOSITION to Bill S-1784.
Your calls, emails, and letters CAN HELP make a difference!
You can find contact information for your State Senator here: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/legsearch.asp
GSNJ—A History of Genealogical Preservation
The Genealogical Society of New Jersey (GSNJ) was founded in 1921 by a group of genealogical scholars dedicated to the preservation of New Jersey family history. A common interest among GSNJ’s founders was the transcription of tombstone information. Styling themselves “tombstone hounds,” they began organizing “tombstone hunts” at burying grounds around the state.
In 1924, the Society was incorporated with a mission to discover, procure, preserve and publish information pertaining to families and individuals associated with New Jersey. GSNJ’s institutional history has depended extensively on contributions made by volunteers.
In 1925, the Society commenced publication of its journal, The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey. Respected today as a national leader among genealogical publications, it is recognized as the preeminent resource for transcribed primary source material from New Jersey.
Since its founding, GSNJ has collected manuscripts and research papers. The Society’s extensive collection is a key resource for New Jersey genealogy, augmenting the holdings of public and academic research institutions.
In 1960, GSNJ’s manuscript collections were placed on deposit at Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
In 1976, GSNJ began publishing the GSNJ Newsletter as a forum for reviews of published works, queries, and other news. This publication has evolved, with new features to educate genealogists and promote scholarship. GSNJ continues to develop its website and is automating its indexes and finding aids.
Over time, GSNJ has published many reference works and sponsored countless educational programs. GSNJ regularly joins with other genealogical or historical organizations to promote New Jersey genealogy and history, broadening its audience and increasing its collections. The basic mission of the Society has remained constant, with the service, accuracy and scholarship remaining as ideals that drive all of GSNJ’s endeavors.