Records Access: the Art of Advocacy
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Join us for the APG Roundtable immediately following the APG Annual Meeting, on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at
7:00 PM in the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, Ballroom XII.
Learn what you and/or your chapter can do to help preserve the records so crucial to our profession and ensure
our access to those records in the future! It is not always about confrontation. The legwork, correspondence, and
behind-the-scenes activities are critical, guiding bills from their inception, in and out of committees, to their ultimate enactment or defeat. This is where APG can have an enormous impact on legislation that threatens us all.
Mark your calendar now! It promises to be a lively discussion, followed by some role-playing to demonstrate situations
you may encounter along the way. You will not want to miss this outstanding panel of experts:
Thomas MacEntee, Moderator (Chicago, Illinois)
Thomas MacEntee is a professional genealogist specializing in technology and social media to improve genealogical
research and to interact with others in the family history community. As the creator of GeneaBloggers.com, he has organized
and engaged a community of over 2,500 bloggers. He serves on the Board of Directors of FGS and has worked with their
Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) in hosting and broadcasting programs on FGS Radio and his own
Geneabloggers Radio to raise awareness of records-access issues for genealogists. In December 2011, he created Occupy
Genealogy (http://www.occupygenealogy.com) in an effort to mobilize the genealogical community into action on issues critical
to the profession, and the movement has acquired nearly 1,000 followers on Facebook.
Alvie Davidson, CGSM (Lakeland, Florida)
Alvie Davidson is a retired U. S. Naval Reserve Security Group member, a licensed private investigator and Certified Genealogist,
SM specializing in heir-searching, missing persons, and probate research. He serves on APG’s Advocacy Committee and has worked
extensively with RPAC on the issue of records preservation and access.
Teri Flack (Austin, Texas)
Teri Flack is the chair of the Texas State Genealogical Society’s Records Preservation and Access Committee. She also serves as
state liaison to the national RPAC and has been a featured guest on Blog Talk Radio. Teri has also worked with the “Texas Court
Records Preservation Task Force,” a group that has been assessing court record conditions and how to preserve those records for
the future. Teri will graduate in December from Texas State University with a master’s degree in Public History. She volunteers at the
Texas State Archives on a project to preserve and make accessible to the public over 1,000 volumes of Galveston County records from
the 19th and 20th centuries. Teri has also served on the FGS Board of Directors.
Polly Kimmitt, CGSM (Shrewsbury, Massachusetts)
Polly Kimmitt is the president of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council, formed in 1980 as the umbrella organization representing
Massachusetts genealogists, historical societies, and individuals who are concerned about records preservation and free and unfettered
access to civil records. MGC serves as the records access watchdog for the Massachusetts Legislature regarding access issues. Polly is
also past president of the New England Chapter of APG, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for FGS.
Kelvin L. Meyers (Dallas, Texas)
Kelvin Meyers is an experienced forensic genealogist and a founding member of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy.
He currently contracts with attorneys, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, and heir-searching companies. Kelvin lectures throughout
Texas and Oklahoma, and at Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Birmingham, Alabama. He serves on APG’s
Advocacy Committee and is a past president of the Lone Star Chapter.
We hope to see you there!