October is both American Archives Month and Family History Month. Many archives are holding activities for this month—check your local area archives or National Archives branch or Google American Archives Month to see what is happening in your area. Genealogists rely on archives for many of the critical documents we need for our research. Archives Month is an annual celebration of the importance of archives and historical records and of the work of institutions which preserve these unique resources. For more information see the website of the Society of American Archivists:
Scroll to the third paragraph where there is a link to the American Archives Month. You can also learn about their initiative, “The Year of Living Dangerously For Archives” for demonstrating the importance of archives and advocate for archives.
These are a few of the activities going on in October:
Kentucky is celebrating American Archives Month for activities see: http://archivesmonth.ky.gov./
Ohio is celebrating Archives Month see: http://www.ohioarchivists.org/
Philadelphia is celebrating American Archives Month see: http://archivesmonthphilly.com/
Texas is celebrating American Archives Month see:
Library of Virginia is offering tours on October 8 http://www.lva.virginia.gov/news/calendar.asp?calmonth=10&calyear=2014
The California Genealogical Society and Library is offering free admission by waiving the library usage fee and host a number of free workshops, seminars and special members-only consultations.: http://blog.californiaancestors.org/2014/09/ready-set-go-family-history-months.html
The New England Historic Genealogical Society (American Ancestors) is offering free access to key databases during October:http://www.americanancestors.org/family-history-month-2014/
Family History Month was started in 2001, when Congress first passed a resolution introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch (UT-R) who wrote, "By searching for our roots, we come closer together as a human family." Since then Family historians continue to celebrate Family History Month every October.
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee