Genealogy Action Alert: Preserving the American Historical Record

“Preserving the American Historical Record” is a bill to provide federal formula grants to every state for projects that preserve historical records and make them more accessible. As genealogists, we certainly want those records preserved and accessible!

Current Status: Representatives Maurice Hinchey (D-NY-22) and John McHugh (R-NY-23) reintroduced the PAHR bill in the House of Representatives on April 30, 2009.

What can you do to help?
Ask your representative to sign on as a co-sponsor of HR 2171. Ask him/her to contact either Mike Iger in Congressman Hinchey’s office (202-225-6335 or or Jason Miller in Congressman McHugh’s office (202-225-4611 or

NO representatives from California are currently sponsoring this bill.

For more information, visit

Copyright © by Elizabeth O’Neal

Elizabeth is a genealogy and family history researcher, writer, and consultant. Adores good grammar and spelling, and believes the Oxford Comma is just misunderstood. Thrives on large quantities of coffee. One daughter, two rescued hounds, and a plethora of missing ancestors keep her on her toes.

1 Comment

  1. Hello,

    thank you for posting this article. I am wondering if “individuals” can participate or if it has to be an “organization” type grant program.

    The adventure continues…

    GySgt., U.S. Marine Corps, retired
    Reasearcher of local History


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