Massachusetts Genealogical Council
Open Records Advocacy
Records, Jurisdictions, Advocacy
The Massachusetts Genealogical Council was established to monitor legislative activity pertaining to genealogical and historical research and to provide educational seminars on genealogy topics. Our legislative monitoring activity looks both at issues within Massachusetts and at issues outside Massachusetts that affect local genealogists. Our Civil Records Co-Directors divide their workload in this way: Massachusetts and Federal. Both sides of the equation promise an interesting year.
All Americans have rights to access information kept by local, state, and federal governments. These rights are important to the functioning of a democracy. They permit all citizens to watch the work that government does on their behalf.
For genealogists and historians and journalists, those access rights are central to our work. MGC keeps one eye focused on the importance of our work and our access.
Where We Focus Our Advocacy
It takes a team to make sure that we've monitored all the levels of government activity that could impact genealogists. Here are our Civil Records Co-Directors. C. Yvonne Hickey monitors Massachusetts activities. Linda B. MacIver, M.Ed. MLIS, monitors Federal records and access. Together they keep our focus on our primary mission.
C. Yvonne Hickey and Linda B. MacIver