Today we got our official notice that our #FOIA lawsuit against the @DeptVetAffairs "Reclaim the Records et al v. United States Department of Veterans Affairs" (case 1:18-cv-08449-PAE), fighting for the BIRLS database, is indefinitely on hold due to the government shutdown. 😠
Wait, people are outright rebelling against the idea of for-profit companies locking up publicly-funded information behind extremely expensive paywalls? Even the people who used to run the paywalled sites are quitting to start rival OPEN sites?
As a 501(c)3 non-profit org, we have to try to stay away from any explicit support or condemnation of any individual political figure. We can talk about positions, but not people.
And so, we will mention this genealogical website without comment. 😉
Just 10 days into 2019, I've already spent my entire genealogy hobby budget for the year on one divorce decree and one military personnel file. And that was just to learn more about grandparents I knew growing up. I wish there was a way to make all public records more accessible.
@ReclaimTheRecs @FamilySearch @RootsTechConf You'll get no thanks for prioritizing "friends, associates, and neighbors" over my husband, FamilySearch. (I'll seriously use those new types of relationships a lot, but I plan to be extra bitter every time I do.)