[APG Public List] East Baton Rouge marriage licenses

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG Elissa at PowellGenealogy.com
Tue Dec 15 07:10:13 MST 2009

Pennsylvania "locked up" 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. 


Apparently she found the law and actually read it this time which does state
about public access for a "reasonable charge." I know she made the charge up
on the spot. Guess I wasn't too annoying or it could have been $10. <G>


Bottom line - Know the law or have them produce it for you.


-- Elissa in Pittsburgh


Elissa Scalise Powell, CG


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. 


From: On Behalf Of JUDY A RIFFEL
Sent: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 7:30 AM

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.  They are claiming that a federal law
prohibits the publication of social security numbers and addresses on the
Internet.  They plan to scan the microfilm and block the prohibited
information.  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.  Their marriage records date back to 1840.


Is any other jurisdiction doing this?

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