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Brooke Schreier Ganz, IAJGS 2016

Brooke Schreier Ganz, IAJGS 2016

There are not many individuals who have taken on powerful bureaucracies and won.  Brooke Schreier Ganz is one of them. She has demanded open access to genealogically relevant documents that should have been publicly accessible from agencies of both the State of New York and the State of New Jersey.  Those agencies deliberately put obstacles in her way to prevent the release of said documents. So Brooke taught herself the ins and outs of the Freedom of Information Laws relevant to state-level documents, and sued the pants off them. And won!  As a result, genealogists now have access to the Index to New York City Marriage Applications, Affidavits, and Licenses, 1908-1929. They are at the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/nycmarriageindex

She is the Don Quixote of documents; no, the Robin Hood of records. She is, in fact, one bad-ass genealogist, and I am grateful to her.

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