Program AreaEducation, Human Rights, Public Service & Civic Engagement
Location of ImpactUnited States
Headquarters LocationMill Valley, California, United States
Product PlatformsWeb, Open Source
Budget$0 to $500,000
We’re Reclaim The Records, a new not-for-profit activist group of genealogists, historians, researchers, and open government advocates. We identify important genealogical records sets that ought to be in the public domain but which are being wrongly restricted by government archives, libraries, and agencies. We file Freedom of Information and Open Data requests to get that public data released back to the public. And if the government doesn’t comply, we take them to court. Then we digitize everything we win and put it all online for free, without any paywalls or usage restrictions, so that it can never be locked up again. In the past five years, we've filed nine state and federal Freedom of Information lawsuits, and reclaimed over thirty million historical records from government agencies, many of which had never previously been available to the general public before. Notable recent wins include the first-ever online and free publication of the New York State birth, marriage, and death indices; the New York City marriage index; the New Jersey marriage and death indices; the Nebraska death index; the United States Department of Veterans Affairs "VA Master Index" of pre-1940 American veterans; the Wyoming marriage, divorce, and death indices; the Mississippi death index; and more.