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<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 color=navy face=Arial><span style='font-size:
10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:navy'>Good morning Elissa<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 color=navy face=Arial><span style='font-size:
10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:navy'>You are right on about knowing the
law.&nbsp; We have a booklet published in FL by the First Amendment
Foundation.&nbsp; It clearly sets out the law concerning what is a public
record and what is not.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 color=navy face=Arial><span style='font-size:
10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:navy'>I keep my &#8220;Government in the
Sunshine&#8221; booklet in my briefcase when I go visit courthouses.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 color=navy face=Arial><span style='font-size:
10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:navy'>It has become necessary to challenge a
clerk occasionally and when challenged it works.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 color=navy face=Arial><span style='font-size:
10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:navy'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></font></p>

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10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:navy'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></font></p>

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<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 color=navy face=Arial><span style='font-size:
10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:navy'>Alvie L. Davidson CG<br>
<st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Lakeland</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Florida</st1:State></st1:place><br>
<a href="http://alviesgenealogyspot.blogspot.com">http://alviesgenealogyspot.blogspot.com</a></span></font><font
color=navy><span style='color:navy'><o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

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style='font-size:12.0pt;color:navy'>&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

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<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 color=navy face=Arial><span style='font-size:
10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:navy'>CG and Certified Genealogist are Service
Marks of the <br>
Board for Certification of Genealogists <br>
used under license after periodic evaluations by the Board.</span></font><o:p></o:p></p>

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<p class=MsoNormal><b><font size=2 face=Tahoma><span style='font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Tahoma;font-weight:bold'>From:</span></font></b><font size=2
face=Tahoma><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Tahoma'>
apgpubliclist-bounces@apgen.org [mailto:apgpubliclist-bounces@apgen.org] <b><span
style='font-weight:bold'>On Behalf Of </span></b>Elissa Scalise Powell, CG<br>
<b><span style='font-weight:bold'>Sent:</span></b> Tuesday, December 15, 2009
9:10 AM<br>
<b><span style='font-weight:bold'>To:</span></b> 'JUDY A RIFFEL'; 'APG Public
List'<br>
<b><span style='font-weight:bold'>Subject:</span></b> RE: [APG Public List] <st1:place
w:st="on">East Baton Rouge</st1:place> marriage licenses</span></font><o:p></o:p></p>

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<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><font size=2
  color="#1f497d" face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;
  color:#1F497D'>Pennsylvania</span></font></st1:place></st1:State><font
size=2 color="#1f497d" face=Arial><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:
Arial;color:#1F497D'> &#8220;locked up&#8221; their military discharges because
of the SSN numbers on them. They date back to the Civil War. I asked the clerk
to see them. He had to get his supervisor who said it was the law. She asked if
I wanted to see the law. I said yes. She went back to her office to find it.
The first clerk gets a call at the front desk. Yes, let me have access but they
had to search the index and it would be a $5 cost for the search whether found
or not. <o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 color="#1f497d" face=Arial><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 color="#1f497d" face=Arial><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:#1F497D'>Apparently she found
the law and actually read it this time which does state about public access for
a &#8220;reasonable charge.&#8221; I know she made the charge up on the spot.
Guess I wasn&#8217;t too annoying or it could have been $10. &lt;G&gt;<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 color="#1f497d" face=Arial><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 color="#1f497d" face=Arial><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:#1F497D'>Bottom line &#8211;
Know the law or have them produce it for you.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 color="#1f497d" face=Arial><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 color="#1f497d" face=Arial><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:#1F497D'>-- Elissa in <st1:City
w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Pittsburgh</st1:place></st1:City><o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 color="#1f497d" face=Arial><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></font></p>

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<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 color="#1f497d" face=Calibri><span
style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Calibri;color:#1F497D'>Elissa Scalise
Powell, CG<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 color="#1f497d" face=Calibri><span
style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Calibri;color:#1F497D'>www.PowellGenealogy.com<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=1 color="#1f497d" face=Calibri><span
style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:Calibri;color:#1F497D'>CG and Certified
Genealogist are Service Marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists,
used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluations by the
Board. </span></font><font size=1 color="#1f497d"><span style='font-size:9.0pt;
color:#1F497D'><o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

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style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></font></p>

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<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:12.0pt'><b><font size=2 face=Tahoma><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Tahoma;font-weight:bold'>From:</span></font></b><font
size=2 face=Tahoma><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Tahoma'> <b><span
style='font-weight:bold'>On Behalf Of </span></b>JUDY A RIFFEL<br>
<b><span style='font-weight:bold'>Sent:</span></b> Tuesday, December 15, 2009
7:30 AM<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

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<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>I have recently heard that the East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court
has locked up the cabinet with the marriage license microfilm and is not allowing
the public to access them.&nbsp; They are claiming that a federal law prohibits
the publication of social security numbers and addresses on the Internet.&nbsp;
They plan to scan the microfilm and block the prohibited information.&nbsp; In
the meantime, the public cannot access any of the marriage records, even though
the SS# only started appearing on the form in the 1970s.&nbsp; Their marriage
records date back to 1840.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

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<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>Is any other jurisdiction doing this?<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

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