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22 November 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

GSBC Annual Meeting
Government for the People: Leveraging Freedom of Information Laws to Procure Novel Records
Alec Ferretti, Member Reclaim the Records Board of Directors
Monday, 22 November @7pm, Online!
Free online webinar—all experience levels are welcome. Registration required.

Learn how state and federal Freedom of Information (FOI) laws work, and how genealogists can use them to uncover novel records. Alec will discuss how to make FOI requests in various states, and will outline case studies in which he used FOI laws to obtain specific types of records pertaining to an ancestor. These diverse records range from alien files held by US Citizenship and Immigration Services, to burial permits held by local town clerks, to occupational licensing applications held by the State. Discover records previously thought to be locked away from the public forever!


Alec Ferretti is a New-York-City-based professional genealogist, who works for the Wells Fargo Family & Business History Center. He specializes in the genealogy of 20th century immigrants to the United States and serves as the President of the New York Genealogy & Technology Group. A member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists, he also serves on the Board of Reclaim the Records.


[Banner Image: NARA Archives II, College Park, MD. Courtesy of Michelle D. Novak.]