National Endowment for the Humanities announces new “Common Heritage” grant program

Quoted from the press release:

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced a new grant program, called “Common Heritage,” that will bring to light historical records and artifacts currently hidden in family attics and basements across the country and make them digitally available to the wider public and for posterity.

NEH’s Common Heritage program will award grants of up to $12,000 to community cultural organizations to coordinate community events and ensure that a wide range of historical materials can be digitized and contextualized through public programming.

NEH program staff from the Divisions of Preservation & Access and Public Programs will conduct a webinar for interested applicants on Tuesday, May 5 at 4 PM (EST).

Read the press release here

2015 Writing Contest

It’s time to dot that last “i” and cross the final “t”. The final day to submit entries to the Dallas Genealogical Society’s 2015 Writing Contest is Thursday, April 30.

The contest is open to both members and non-members of DGS as well as amateurs and professionals. Only original material not previously published elsewhere in any format is eligible. Winners will be announced in July, 2015.

First prize is $500; second prize is $300 and third prize is $150.

Read the Complete Rules and Guidelines.

Winning articles are eligible to be published in Pegasus: Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society. Past winning entries can be read in the 2013 and 2014 Research Issues of Pegasus, which members can access through the DGS website. In 2014, Pegasus was awarded 1st Place, Category VI (Official Periodicals of Partner Societies/Journals) by the Texas State Genealogical Society

TX Senate to Increase Record Blackout Periods

The Texas legislature is considering a bill that would increase the time required before Birth Records (to 125 years from 75) and Death Records (to 50 years from 25).  If you have opinions about this proposed legislation contact your representative and let them know your opinion.

Texas Senators & Representatives

H.B. No. 3427

Author: Farney

Relating to the confidentiality of birth and death records.

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT relating to the confidentiality of birth and death records.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Sections 552.115(a) and (d), Government Code, are amended to read as follows:

(a) A birth or death record maintained by the bureau of
vital statistics of the Texas Department of Health or a local
registration official is excepted from the requirements of Section
552.021, except that:

(1) a birth record is public information and available
to the public on and after the 125th [75th] anniversary of the date
of birth as shown on the record filed with the bureau of vital
statistics or local registration official;

(2) a death record is public information and available
to the public on and after the 50th [25th] anniversary of the date
of death as shown on the record filed with the bureau of vital
statistics or local registration official;

Referred to Public Health Committee on 17 Mar.