GeorgiaArchives

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The Georgia Archives are slated to be closed to the public as of November 1, 2012. Georgia will then be the only state in the United States of America to not have the State archives open to the public.

The citizens of Georgia will no longer have access to these primary, historical resources unless action is taken now.

You can sign the petition at Change.org - https://www.change.org/petitions/the-governor-of-ga-leave-our-state-archives-open-to-the-public?utm_campaign=friend_inviter_modal

You can "Like" the petition at Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GeorgiansAgainstClosingStateArchives

Update: 9-15-12 9:33 am -

We had heard that the Atlanta Journal Constitution was running an article in today's paper - but it didn't run.  Maybe, it will be in the Sunday paper?

The Secretary of State has issued a prepared statement that “... The employees that will be let go through this process are assets to the state of Georgia and will be missed.”   Yuk!  The story we hear is that the Governor cut the Secretary of State's budget by 3% and the Sec. of State put the ENTIRE cut on the Georgia Archives. 

ONE MORE TIME that Georgia ranks last in the Nation. 

CLOSING OF THE GA ARCHIVES

I WHOLE HEARTEDLY AGREE WITH ALL THE SENTIMENTS PRESENTED ON THIS PAGE, HAVE SIGNED THE PETITION, & AM URGING MY FACEBOOK FRIENDS TO SIGN LIKEWISE. I USE THESE FACILITIES OFTEN IN MY FAMILY GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH & FEEL VERY DISTRESSED AT THIS CLOSING, ALTHOUGH IT'S NOT TOTALLY UNEXPECTED. WITH THE PREVIOUS CUTBACKS LIMITING THE DAYS & HOURS OF OPERATION, & THE STAFF REDUCTION FROM ABOUT 90 EMPLOYEES TO ONLY ABOUT 13 EMPLOYEES, I SAW THAT THE WRITING WAS ALREADY ON THE WALL. I PUT THE WHOLE BLAME ON THESE RECENT REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATIONS. THIS IS A TRAVESTY, TO SAY THE LEAST. OUR HISTORICAL RECORD PRESERVATION DOESN'T SEEM TO BE A HIGHLY VALUED COMMODITY TO THESE PEOPLE IN LIGHT OF OUR MISAPPROPRIATED TAX DOLLARS. IF ALL RECORDS HELD BY THE GA ARCHIVES WERE QUICKLY & COMPLETELY DIGITIZED MAYBE OUR NEED FOR A PHYSICAL LOCATION TO DO RESEARCH WOULDN'T BE MISSED SO MUCH AS IT WILL NOW THAT THIS CLOSING IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN. LOOKS LIKE OUR SOCIETY IS GOING TO "HELL IN A HAND BASKET".

Closing the Georgia Archives

Given the fact that we have a governor that fired three people from the state ethics committee and state officials that cut funding yet again for the ethics committee I suspect that both state elected officials and their bureaucrats have a vested interest in trying to minimize any facility that records their history.

If genealogists are to succeed in keeping the Archives open then money in large amounts is needed to hire the lobbyist' to influence the officials. It's the Georgia way. Money talks, citizens walk.