All Americans have rights to access information kept by local, state, and federal governments. Here we provide some educational materials about those rights.


“Promoting Open Access to Records for Genealogists”

Final MGC brand:logo Pages


Photograph of Acton Town Hall used with the permission of Tom Kelleher from his website which shows town hall photos from all 351 towns in Massachusetts

Access to Records in Massachusetts

MA Map

Framing a Discussion on Vital Records Access” was written in 2009 in response to calls to close records access. 



Our workshop on legislation in Massachusetts premiered at the Boston Public Library in 2016. Click on MGC-Legislative-Workshop to see the slides and workbook. We are always ready to present this workshop to your genealogy society.



How to Promote Records Access

Finding MA Institutional Records (coming soon)

Finding MA Vital Records (coming soon)