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Dear journalists, epidemiologists, and other folks interested in public health:
The first-ever (we think?) full state death index files covering the pandemic years are now online, free open public data.
And they got there from...a bunch of genealogists.
A MILLION NEW RECORDS FROM MISSOURI
Updated public datasets now available for more years of the Missouri Birth Index and Missouri Death Index, including the first pandemic era death files
And they're all FREEEEEEEE
A very unusual birth entry found in the Old Parish Register for Birsay, Orkney, 29 September 1751
“To George Anderson in Swannyside (a scoundrall a knave a scrub a rascall a villain a cheat) a son called Andrew..."
Was perusing the schedule for an upcoming national conference of police chiefs and spotted this seminar. I’m kinda proud lol
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It's time for another Slice of FOIA Life!
Write a FOIA request to the @SocialSecurity Administration in May 2022.
Get the invoice in October 2022.
Send them a check for $155 the very next day.
Ask WHERE ARE MY RECORDS in March 2023.
Get a non-response in September 2023.
A fascinating article about the “ghost in our machines”, the man who first used government records access (initially to motor vehicle records, later others) to build the backbone of a very lucrative data empire.
Great news for #map aficionados on @legalgen's latest post - the David Rumsey Map Collection site has just launched text-based searching for maps in the DR collection 👇😁
(& a must for my current @PharosTutors Maps cohort too)
Women all-too-frequently had their individual identities taken from them in burial records. We often see the burials of 'Widow Smith' or, like this mid-17th century entry, 'Goody' or 'Goodwife'...