Last year Maine enacted Public Law 58
addressing who can access birth, marriage and death records and allows
genealogists to obtain a researcher card --for a fee --so they do not have
to wait to 75-50-50 years to obtain the records. Marriage applications were
not included in this bill. The Maine Department of Health and Human
Services had a bill introduced this year that addressed marriage
LD 1627 see: http://tinyurl.com/7hns48d
Currently, there is no similar provision for genealogists and obtaining the
researcher card or amending last year's bill to add marriage applications
into the existing statute.
A hearing has been scheduled by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and
Human Services (http://www.maine.gov/legis/house/jt_com/hum.htm)
1627 "An Act Regarding the Filing of Birth, Death and Marriage Data"
Thursday, January 26, 2012 1:00PM, Room 209, Cross State Office Building in
As more information becomes available, it will be posted to this forum.
Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee