“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 vog.e1490892304suoh.1490892304liam@1490892304regi.1490892304leahc1490892304im1490892304) or Jason Miller in Congressman McHugh’s office (202-225-4611 or vog.e1490892304suoh.1490892304liam@1490892304relli1490892304m.nos1490892304aj1490892304).

NO representatives from California are currently sponsoring this bill.

For more information, visit http://www.archivists.org/pahr/.

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Elizabeth O’Neal is a genealogist, writer, and web developer who has been tracking her ancestors for nearly three decades. She began writing the blog "Little Bytes of Life" in 2007 as a means of “communicating with humans over the age of 1,” though now her writing is mainly focused on genealogy and technology.

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