"Call to Action Kit" of the Records Preservation and Access Committee
The RPAC is a joint Committee of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society, and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.This mission statement of the committee is to advise the genealogical community on ensuring proper access to historical records of genealogical value in whatever media they are recorded, on means to affect legislation, and on supporting strong records preservation policies and practices.
The Records Preservation and Access Committee has created a "Call to Action Kit" to support the "Stop ID Theft NOW!" initiative. You can access the kit at http://www.fgs.org/rpac/sddi-call-to-action-kit/. If you have questions concerning the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) and its possible loss as a resource for the genealogical community, please check all the resources available in the kit including:
1) Educational videos and FAQ sheets.
2) Information on the "Stop Identity Theft NOW!" petition via the "We The People" website.
3) Form letters that you can use to contact Congress and let them know you do not support removal of the Social Security Death Index.
4) Ways to spread the word to other members of the genealogical community.
Additional information about the committee and its objectives is here. An earlier article about the "Stop ID Theft NOW!" initiative can also be found here. I urge you to learn as much as you can about the issue of closing access to the SSDI and to contact your representatives in Congress to make your concerns known.
Beth Finch McCarthy