I love researching at NARA! Sure, some of the records are available online but holding that original document in my hands and knowing that my ancestor once touched it is a feeling like no other. The staff has always been accommodating and when I get all teary eyed when I’ve made a new discovery, many have patiently listened and shared in my joy.
It’s time for us to step up and see to it that the agency gets the funding they need to continue to do the job for us. The tentative budget provides less than the amount allocated in 2010 yet the demands for archiving have risen. We must contact our Congressional representative by Tuesday, March 11th, to make them aware of the importance of adequate funding.
Dear Readers, I’ve only asked you once before to contact your representatives when the 500% proposal to raise the fee by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service in December was announced. I try very hard to not be political in my blogs. I don’t care what side of the aisle you’re on. I do care that you are able to access the records you need. I do believe records need to be preserved for future generations. I hope you see the value in getting NARA the funding it needs to do the job correctly. All it takes is 5 minutes from you to call your Congressional rep at 202-224-3121 or send an email. The few minutes from your busy day to make your wishes known might just result in your brick wall break through down the road.
Need more info? You can read about the budget needs here.