Petition to Save the SSDI
The Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) has created a petition on Whitehouse.gov to protect the SSDI from elimination. The SSDI is the Social Security Death Index, and is under attack from politicians who claim it is to blame for identity theft. However, the Death Index was created to prevent identity theft. If the Social Security numbers in the index are being used for fraudulent purposes, the fault isn't the index, but that the index isn't being used by the IRS and others to check. Read the Press Release. Several bloggers have written about this, including: Dear Myrtle, Genea-Musings, and Geneabloggers.
The Ancestry Insider discusses FamilySearch's new product, Family Tree. While the intent is similar to Ancestry.com's OneWorldTree, it appears to allow for people to make corrections, so there may be some promise.
Bill LeFurgy at The Signal asks, Email is Where Knowledge Goes to Die, or Is It? An excerpt: "Email collections from famous people are arriving in libraries and archives. The Salman Rushdie “papers” at Emory University include the author’s email, and the British Library acquired Wendy Cope’s email as part of the poet’s archive...We can chose for our email to live on rather than die through neglect, error or mindless deletion. Given all the time and effort we put into our messaging, and the wealth of information it contains, it makes sense to think about what should be saved."
Dick Eastman at Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter writes on An End of an Era: Kodak to Stop Making Cameras.
Judith Richards Shubert at Genealogy Traces has been posting some wonderful poems over the past few weeks. For example, Hardscrabble Fields.
Other Weekly Link Lists
- Randy Seaver's Best of the Genea-Blogs at Genea-Musings
- Ruth Blair's Ruth's Recommendations at The Passionate Genealogist
- Julie Cahill Tarr's Friday Finds at GenBlog
- Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak's Genealogy Round Up at MSS's Roots World
- Diane Haddad's Genealogy News Corral Catch-up at Genealogy Insider