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An Explanation of What Happened

Dear Genealogical/Historical Researcher,

 The Virginia genealogical community needs your help in contacting members of the Virginia General Assembly to urge passage of a bill to restore access to 19th century county and city Order books.

 A bill passed by last year’s General Assembly, seeking to close concealed carry gun permits from public access, inadvertently closed a wide range of city and county order books (in some cases going back to the 1700’s) from public access.  The attached page from the October 2013 Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter explains the problem.

 The solution is in 2014 VA HB 100 offered by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, which will limit the closed period to only five years.  The bill has been assigned to the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee and may come up before a subcommittee this Thursday.  If it passes the House, it will then need to be passed by the Senate before going to the Governor.

 Please email the members of the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee (whose email addresses are below), with the following suggested message (revise as you deem appropriate).  If the bill passes the House, I will send you Senate contact information later.

 Thank you for your support of access to Virginia’s records! 

 Peter E. Broadbent, Jr.

Former President, Virginia Genealogical Society

Peter E. Broadbent, Jr.
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