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3793South Dakota Vital Records

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  • Rene Dussome
    Feb 7, 2005
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      Extract from Dick Eastman's today's online Newsletter.

      For the interest of those members whose research takes them to South Dakota.

      Compromise Reached on South Dakota Public Records

      A stalemate has been broken in South Dakota. The state Health Department
      wanted to restrict access to birth, death, and marriage certificates. Their
      reasoning was "to help prevent identity theft and increase the security of
      some public records for anti-terrorism purposes."

      Genealogists and South Dakota media outlets argued that such restrictions
      would bar those who have legal access needs. Representing the State
      Genealogical Society, Virginia Hanson explained that copies of birth, death
      and marriage records are important to those who are doing historical
      research or just trying to trace their family histories. She added that
      genealogy is the fastest growing hobby in the country, and people seeking
      those records for honorable purposes should not be cut off.

      "Don't punish the innocent as well as the guilty," Hanson said.

      A Health Department amendment to the pending legislation will allow people
      to obtain copies of the original records, but not certified copies that
      could allow for identity theft or be used for other fraudulent purposes.

      Rene Dussome