Recently, I posted to the IAJGS Leadership Forum and the JewishGen Discussion Group about an updated Legislative Alert which included information on pending California legislation, including AB 130 which addresses marriage records and non-comprehensive indices. Other bills are included in the report.
I have learned that one part of the information posted regarding CA AB 130 is incorrect. The bill does not redact mother's maiden name from informational copies of marriage records. As originally, correctly, stated, the bill, does not include mothers' maiden names in the data files (i.e. non-comprehensive indices) making it difficult to determine (for example) if the Harry Cohen married Sarah Goldberg in the index is the marriage you are searching. The IAJGS website [www.iajgs.org] Latest_Alert (under the legislation tab) has been updated to reflect this correction.
Jan Meisels Allen
Director, IAJGS and
Chairperson, Public Records Access Monitoring Committee