On May 22, 2017, President Trump released more details about his proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget. Overall there were cuts to many of the programs that genealogists regularly use. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is targeted for a $16.6 million reduction in addition to the elimination of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), an archival grant making arm of the National Archives which provides local and state funding in the preservation of essential historical materials making them more accessible to the public. Since 1964 NHPRC has provided grants to every state and you can view a detailed list for the last thirty years athttps://www.archives.gov/nhprc/projects/states-territories. When the NARA budget is cut the hours at the Washington D.C., College Park, Maryland, and Regional Archives are usually reduced. As staff cuts are made to meet the budget, our fees are often increased and the delivery time is extended for document requests. Genealogists are the largest customer base of the National Archives. If we don’t support NARA, who will?

The Library of Congress is slated to receive a $56 million increase in the FY 2018 proposed Trump budget. In addition to the library being a world-class research facility, genealogists also are benefitting from Chronicling America which is digitizing early American newspapers from 1836 to 1922 and digitizing the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of cities across the United States which have survived. If your state newspapers are being digitized, it is likely in partnership with the Library of Congress. The budget negotiations will continue for months, so although the Library of Congress is well positioned in the Trump proposed budget, funding could be reduced before the final budget is approved. Let’s not take that chance.

As genealogists, we need to support the funding of projects which provide digitization and online access to historical documents. We have the most impact if we write ourCongressional Representatives. On the RPAC website http://www.fgs.org/rpac we have provided a copy of this article with links to sample letters you can send in support of NARA, NHPRC, and/or the Library of Congress. With each sample letter we have provided a chart showing the actual FY 2016 and FY 2017 funding in comparison to the proposed FY 2018 budget.

 Did You Know?

Did you know that Eastside Genealogical Society has donated over 860 books to the Bellevue Regional Library? Here is a list of topics for your review. There is something there for almost everybody. Perhaps you will find your next big breakthrough in one of the books we donated.

Topics # of books
African Americans 8
Alabama 2
Alaska 2
Arkansas 1
Asia 1
Australia 2
Australia, Irish migration to 1
Austria 1
Belgium 1
Bibliography 4
British Americans 1
California 7
Canada 8
Canada, Alberta 1
Canada, Atlantic Provinces 2
Canada, British Columbia 1
Canada, Census 1
Canada, French 1
Canada, Immigration 1
Canada, Manitoba, Metis 1
Canada, New Brunswick 1
Canada, Newfoundland & Labrador 1
Canada, Ontario 2
Canada, Passports 1
Canada, Quebec 2
Census, U. S. 4
Census, U.S. 4
China 1
Church records, baptismal 1
Church records, Baptist 1
Church records, Catholic 1
Church records, Catholic (Nebraska & Iowa) 1
Church records, Catholic (Pacific Northwest) 3
Church records, Methodist 1
Civil War 5
Civil War, Confederate 1
Civil War, Union 4
Colonial America 9
Colorado 1
Connecticut 10
Czech Americans 6
Danish Americans 1
DAR 1
DAR Library 1
Delaware 4
Delaware River Valley 1
Denmark 1
District of Columbia 1
District of Columbia, libraries & archives 1
Draper Manuscripts 1
Dutch Americans 1
England 6
England, Gazetteer 1
Estonia 1
Europe, Eastern 2
European Americans 2
Female ancestors 1
Finland 1
Finnish Americans 1
Forensic genealogy 1
French Americans 4
French Canadians 1
Genealogical societies 2
Genealogy, dictionary 2
Genealogy, how-to 17
Genealogy, how-to, dates 1
Genealogy, medical terms 2
Genealogy, psychic aspects of 1
Genealogy, psychology 1
Genealogy, translation 2
Genealogy, writing and publishing 5
Genetics 1
Georgia 7
German & Swiss Americans 1
German Americans 9
German Americans, Iowa 1
German Americans, North Dakota 1
German Cooking 1
German, dictionary 1
Germans 1
Germans from Russia 1
Germany 14
Great Britain 13
Greece 1
Greek Americans 2
Handwriting, American 2
Handwriting, German 1
Heraldry, Irish 1
Hispanic Americans 2
Huguenots 5
Hungarian Americans 1
Hungary 1
Idaho 3
Illinois 6
Immigration 7
Immigration, passenger lists 2
Immigration, steamship lines 1
Indiana 7
Indiana, Quakers 1
Iowa 3
Ireland 13
Ireland, Cork 1
Ireland, Donegal 1
Ireland, Dublin 1
Ireland, Galway 1
Ireland, Gazetteer 1
Ireland, Londonderry 1
Ireland, Northern 3
Ireland, Palatines 1
Irish Americans 12
Italian Americans 7
Japan, heraldry 1
Japanese Americans 1
Jewish Cemeteries 1
Jews 4
Jews, Israel 1
Jews, Ukraine & Moldova 1
Kentuckians 3
Kentucky 13
King Philip’s War 1
Lineages 1
Louisiana 3
Loyalists 2
Loyalists, American 3
Loyalists, Canadian 2
Maine 2
Maine and New Hampshire 1
Maryland 30
Massachusetts 25
Michigan 6
Middle Atlantic States 2
Military Pensions 1
Minnesota 4
Mississippi 3
Missouri 11
Montana 1
Mormons 1
National Archives 3
National Archives, military records 2
National Archives, passenger lists 1
Native Americans 5
Naturalization 1
Naturalization records, U. S. 2
Nebraska 5
Netherlands 1
Nevada 1
New England 19
New England Historic Genealogical Society 1
New Jersey 6
New Mexico 2
New York 35
New York City 13
Newspapers 2
Newspapers, columns 1
Newspapers, missing persons 1
North and South Carolina 3
North Carolina 12
North Dakota 1
North Dakota and South Dakota 1
Norway 1
Norwegian Americans 7
Ohio 13
Ohio River Valley 1
Oklahoma 3
Oregon 3
Oregon, women pioneers 1
Pennsylvania 41
Periodicals 1
Photographs 3
Poland 1
Polish Americans 5
Quakers 3
Quakers, Ireland 1
Quakers, North Carolina 1
Quakers, Pennsylvania 2
Revolutionary War 10
Rhode Island 3
Romanian Americans 1
Russia 1
Scandinavia 1
Scandinavia, Denmark & Norway 1
Scandinavian Americans 3
Scotland 5
Scotland, Gazetteer 1
Scots-Irish 8
Scottish Americans 16
Sicily 1
Slovak Americans 1
Slovakia 1
South Carolina 4
Sweden 3
Swedish Americans 6
Switzerland 1
Tennessee 10
Texas 4
Tombstones 1
U.S. 3
U.S., atlases & gazetteers 3
U.S., court records 1
U.S., estate inventories 1
U.S., families of royal descent 1
U.S., fire insurance maps 1
U.S., land records 3
U.S., marriage notices 1
U.S., Midwest 1
U.S., migration routes 2
U.S., military 2
U.S., railroads 1
U.S., Southeast 1
U.S., tax lists 2
Ukraine 2
Vermont 4
Virginia 34
Virginia & West Virginia 1
Virginia, War of 1812 1
Wales 2
Washington, archives and libraries 5
Washington, atlas 1
Washington, Bellevue 4
Washington, census 1
Washington, centennial 1
Washington, Island Co. 1
Washington, King Co. 10
Washington, King County 2
Washington, Kitsap Co. 1
Washington, Kittitas Co. 6
Washington, Lewis Co. 1
Washington, oral history 1
Washington, Pacific Co. 1
Washington, Pierce Co. 2
Washington, pioneers 4
Washington, Seattle 10
Washington, Skagit Co. 10
Washington, Snohomish and Island Co. 1
Washington, Snohomish Co. 5
Washington, Thurston Co. 2
Washington, Whatcom Co. 1
West Virginia 4
Wisconsin 3
World War I 1