Legal and Legislative Issues Facing Genealogists
It is easy for genealogist to ignore the threats to accessing records of genealogical value, especially when they remain uniformed on what the threats are. The session discusses the current status of threats to records at the national, state and local level and how to mediate those concerns. The genealogical community is best served when the threats are well understood and a plan of action is set in motion in conjunction with a consortium of other partners with like interests are enlisted to push back on the threat to open records. Threats to open records must be balanced with an individual’s risk of identity theft – this session will discuss the issues.
David E. Rencher
David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, is employed by the Family History Department in Salt Lake City as the Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch. A professional genealogist since 1977, he was accredited in Ireland research in 1981. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1980 with a B.A. in Family and Local History. He is the Irish course coordinator and instructor for the Samford University Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) in Birmingham, Alabama. He is a past-president the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 1997-2000 and of the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA) 1993-1995 and a Fellow of that organization.
David Lifferth was elected to the Utah State Legislature representing Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain, Utah.
Lifferth is founder of n4mativ, which produces leading edge information technology. He has accomplished much in his extensive career in the genealogy, family history, and information technology. Lifferth works as a Business Intelligence Analyst for FamilySearch. Lifferth was a founder and former president of FamilyLink/WorldVitalRecords. He was a former content engineer at Ancestry.com. Lifferth was a founder and developer for LingoTek, which has become a successful translation technology company. He was a Co-owner of Data Management Group that developed two of the 2002 Winter Olympic web site databases.
Lifferth graduated from Brigham Young University with a Business Degree in Information Management.