I’ve been very busy the past few days, and didn’t realize that when Ancestry.com updated their site and moved a lot of their daily/weekly news and columns into their Family History Circle blog, that one of the changes they made – they dropped George G. Morgan’s ‘Along Those Lines’ column, one of the better written columns on their site.
Have no fear, he has started his own blog at ahaseminars.livejournal.com.
You can still read his older columns (they go back almost eight years) at Ancestry.com.
He has a very important column this week, and normally I don’t like to do large excerpts, but this was very interesting, at least the circumstances surrounding it. Once you read it, one might conclude that it’s a good thing that he’s writting his column on a site he controls:
This week in “Along Those Lines …”, I want to discuss an issue that has bothered me for the past five years but which I have been unable to voice in previous columns in the “Ancestry Daily News” and on the Ancestry.com Web site. It is the closure of access to public records. Ancestry was reluctant to print a column I wrote on this topic two years ago, and I actually received a call from their legal department. I was informed that California had ‘requested’ that Ancestry.com remove the California Death Index from its database collection or that the state would seek to take legal action to force its removal. I could easily understand that Ancestry.com and its parent company, MyFamily.com, Inc., didn’t want to throw fuel on that particular fire and I readily acquiesced. However, this is the time for another look at what is happening, especially since we are in yet another major mid-term election year in the U.S.