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Want to Become a Professional Genealogist?

If you're interested in turning your hobby into a little more, or just learn how the professionals do it, check out the program at the National Institute of Genealogy Research:

The National Institute on Genealogical Research has been a leader in the field of genealogical education for more than fifty years. The institute was founded in 1950 under the sponsorship of The American University, The American Society of Genealogists, the National Archives, and the Maryland Hall of Records. In 1989, the institute was incorporated as an independent, non-profit corporation. Its board of trustees consists of representatives of the American Society of Genealogists, the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Board for Certification of Genealogists, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society, and the institute's Alumni Association. The National Archives, a non-voting member of the corporation, provides strong support. The institute's program takes an in-depth look at federal records of genealogical value located primarily in the Washington, D.C. area. The program is geared to experienced researchers (genealogists, historians, librarians, archivists). It is not an introductory course in genealogy. The institute maintains a non-discriminatory policy toward enrollments. Applications are accepted without regard to sex, race, creed, color, and national or ethnic origin.

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South Dakota Proposes Restriction to Vital Records Access

According to this Associated Press Article, on Jan 26, 2005, the Senate Health Committe was presented with a bill to prevent access to vital record information.

The bill is intented to prevent identity theft. One case where a Utah man acquired a birth certificate from South Dakota which was used in an identity theft case.

Only family members and a few others, such as a funeral directors, doctors and others acting on behalf of families, would be allowed to get the records.

However, SB41 would allow birth records to become fully public after 100 years and death, marriage, divorce and annulment records to be unrestricted after 50 years.

There is presently no information on the South Dakota government website or on South Dakota State Genealogy web page.

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