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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Sign the Petition!

You have until Friday to sign the online petition asking that the U.S. National Archives not be closed to researchers on weekday evenings and Saturdays.

At last check there were 6,439 signatures recorded—more than twice the number attached to the Jon Stewart for President petition, which I would sign only if his term in office could be made retroactive to 2001.

Why sign the petition? Aside from giving you the chance to participate in a grassroots campaign doomed to fail sure to succeed, signing will prove that you are on the side of the working genealogist—the genealogist who slaves from 9 to 5 to pay his bills and put food on the tables of executives. If you're a genealogist and work during the day, know someone who works during the day, or have ever heard of someone working during the day, you must sign this petition. At the risk of exaggerating the situation, this is the most important thing you will ever do in your life.

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