Out on a Limb: All the Difference

We at Family Tree Magazine enjoy honoring the people who make a difference in genealogy — so much so that we launched a series to celebrate unsung family history heroes.

In addition to those accolade-worthy individuals, we'd like to commend a collective effort by many unsung heroes: the genealogists who recently turned the tide simply by making their voices heard. In the July 2007 issue, we told you about the National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA) proposal to raise the fee for a photocopied Civil War pension file to a whopping $125. NARA ultimately approved a less-severe (though still hefty) price hike, to $75 — and it acknowledged genealogists' opposition played a role in its decision to scale back the increase.