Archive for March, 2011

Ga Archives in Danger of Closing to Public

(this is not to start any kind of political debate, this is for information only for those of you that also use the archives for research)

On March 11, 2011 the Georgia legislature approved a bill that COULD result in the Ga Archives closing to the public. Below is a letter from FOGAH Chair, Virginia Shadron that was posted on FOGAH:

The Fiscal Year 2012 budget that passed the Georgia House of Representatives on March 11 as HB 78 includes budget reductions that could result in the State Archives closing its doors to the public.

The budget contains two items that together would reduce the Archives’ budget by at least $300,000.

The Archives’ base budget, after preceding budget cuts, is $4,643,588. Over 65% of that goes to pay fixed costs (such as rent) that cannot be reduced. The current bill proposes an additional cut in “personal services and … savings from reduced hours …” in the amount of $260,458. The second way in which the Archives’ budget is eroded is that the House budget does not fund the annual increase in the Archives’ rent, an amount of more than $40,000 for FY12.

Altogether, the additional cuts to personal services and the failure to fund the rent increase means that the Archives’ sustains a critical $300,000 in cuts. You might wonder, “What is the fuss about?” That shortfall can come from one place only—and that is staff.

Without intervention the Archives will almost certainly be forced to close its doors to the public, reduce scanning operations and preservation activities, and eliminate most transfers of records from state agencies—the records that protect Georgia financially and legally.

The House version of the budget now goes to the Senate for adjustment and passage. Call and write your state senator immediately and ask that a minimum of $300,000 be restored to the Archives budget! Go to and click on “Find Your Legislator” to find your senator.

– Virginia Shadron

I just had to brag

You, as my family, know just how much genealogy means to me. How passionate I am about correct research and helping others find low cost or free ways to obtain information. Almost 3 years ago I started the first social networking site just for genealogists (like myspace or facebook). It is not the only one now, nor is it the biggest and thats ok with me, it really is. But when I get surprised by a recognition I didn’t know about I just had to brag.

Tonite when I was looking at the profile of a new member on I was surprised to find how they have filled out the “how did you hear about us” portion of their profile: Taking a course through The National Institute for Genealogical Studies called “Social Media for the Wise Genealogist” and this site was one of the suggestions to join.

In a “hobby” dominated by you have NO idea how much this means to me.

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