Friday, October 20, 2017




J. Miller MARSHALL (22 November 1858 - 12-Jun-1935)                                                                               
Dead in Minehead, England.  PUBLIC DOMAIN.


** Last Minute Voting For Rock Star Genealogists...**

Interview: John Dorney on The Civil War in Dublin  The Irish Story

Passchendaele: The Forgotten Ball – History Geek  NZ

Education Department and School Records for Family History - Libraries - Moreton Bay Regional Council, QLD

DNA shows no trace of contact between ancient Easter Islanders and South America - Science News - ABC News  

Artists in Conversation Series: Dominique Chen  Qld State Archives

Outback station family celebrates 103 years of ownership by releasing history book - ABC News

Hidden graves unearthed in North | Townsville Bulletin  Qld

National Archives, UK

Wills 1384-1858 and country court death duty registers 1796-1811

Census records

Search and download 1939 register records*

Search WO 95 records*  unit War Diaries

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Anglo-French squabbles in Afghanistan in the 1920s

‘Having fear of death before me’: life before the 1967 Abortion Act

Step into The National Archives’ library

Richmond Park’s South African military hospital

Indigenous Canadians in the First World War

Making horses for war: The Army Remount Service

Latest Podcasts

Tudor trials: Confessions from the Star Chamber

Jane Austen: from beginning to end

Bombs, bulls and civilian bravery

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Lennonville – Snapshot

Alderson and Kelly wedding – people profile

North Kalgoorlie School -1960 to1970

Lily Pike – grave tales

'You want a Catholic novel? I'll give you a Catholic novel!'

Irish Genealogical Research Society     Completion of release of BMDs?

Clare Centenary  Booklet FREE download  Clare, QLD

Tips for Searching Military Records

I Love Bello Shire  Bellingen and district, NSW

Actress Rachel Ward fights to maintain Macksville's heritage in face of progress

Australian War Memorial  "They walked into the darkness"

"There are no winners" Dick Payton's heartwarming story

Anglo-Celtic Connections

Circle of Life: Exploring Ontario Vital Records AND Using Ancestry DNA

New OGS Website

Gloucester Historical Society: Blood on the Rapids

Vote now for Rockstar Genealogists

Some Progress at LAC on Newspaper Digitization

Clarity on Rootweb

The Cambridge Social History of Modern Ireland – John Grenham

South Australians in France WW1 Project    Gould Genealogy Blog

The Genealogy Radio Show  Clans and Surnames Lorna Maloney

ScotlandsPeople More than 2.7 million new valuation entries for 1935 have been added
7 #AncestryAdvice tips for researching your ancestors – Ancestry Blog

Removing Staples from Genealogical Records Melissa Barker

John Doyle's family history archived in Lithgow | Photos    Lithgow Mercury

Faith Brautigam: Library earns area's, colleagues' attention   Kokomo Tribune NZ

New Zealand Family History Societies

* OCLC is a global library cooperative which supports thousands of libraries in making information more accessible worldwide. The WorldCat is part of the OCLC.  Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, websites and more.

OCLC and Internet Archive announced on October 12th that they are working cooperatively to make the Archive’s  collection 2.5 million digitized books easier to find and access online and through local libraries.

To learn more about how this new cooperative will work read the announcement on the OCLC website:

* The National Library of Scotland scanned nearly 90,000 map sheets from 1841-1952 of historic Ordnance Survey maps of England and Wales.  Access is free.  Go to:
If you wish to order rather than just view the maps, there is a charge.  See:

To read more about maps of the National Library of Scotland which has maps in addition to England and Wales, Ireland, Belgium and Jamaica see:

* For those that have been frustrated in trying to find records of marriages in Europe this might shed some light why all marriages may not be listed in a civil registry office.  Civil registration is important for genealogists because they are a primary source for names, dates, places. In many European  countries Jewish records were originally included with the Church records until the specific country required separate registers for Jewish records.

The Council of Europe—which is comprised of 47 countries concur on marriage criteria concerning age, consent and kinship.  The combined population of the 47 countries is about 820 million people. In Europe, religious and civil marriages are recognized differently.  For countries where there is an established "state " religion, the civil register maybe signed as part of the religious ceremony, but there are countries where there is "tension" between the civil and religious entities.  In France a civil marriage must be preceded by a civil marriage-since the days of Napoleonic Code and Separation Law.  They are not the only country with such requirements. In some European countries, historically, if someone did not get a civil marriage but only a religious marriage, their children may have been considered illegitimate.   After the fall of Communism In Poland a "concordat marriage" was introduced with a treaty with the Vatican requiring the marrying couple to obtain a "no-impediment" notice from the state registry office and the priest is required to complete and return within 5 days of the marriage. To read more about marriages and the religious aspects for different European countries see:  

In Russia religious marriages have had no legal or civil status. "The Department of Registration of Civil Statuses, commonly referred to as ZAGS, began in December of 1917 under the decree that abolished the church order of marriage registration and handed the responsibility over to the civil authorities. In addition to marriages, ZAGS also registered births, deaths, divorces, changes of name and other "civil statuses."  For those who chose to marry in a religious ceremony it has to occur in addition to the ZAGS registration.  In a  ZAGS registration ceremony people still exchange rings, sign a registry and are officially pronounced man and wife.  To read more about the ZAGS ceremony and traditions see:

TASS, the Russian News Agency reports that  the deputy of the State Duma (lower house of Parliament) is drafting amendments to the Family Code which would give religious weddings a legal status equal with that of civilian marriages of rights and civilian duties.  To read more see:

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee
* all items above *


Irish boy unable to move from emotion when Dad comes home from tour of duty 

Donn, the mysterious Irish Lord of the Dead 

The famous Chicago May, Irish Queen of crooks 

277,000 Irish have “no religion” as Catholic numbers dive  

Famous Irish ghost story - a childhood pact turns to predictions from the dead  

The US Navy's Birthday and its founding father Commodore John Barry 

A Scotsman crowned last High King of Ireland 700 years ago 

This Irish pub on wheels is the caravan of your dreams 

Original Irish Jack-o-Lanterns were truly terrifying and made of turnips  

Irish bucket list: Things to do in Ireland before you pass (PHOTOS) 

Top Irish inventions that changed the world 

Mystery of the moving rocks off Irish island solved 

The Irish Potato Famine, the Great Hunger, genocide - what should we call it?  

Seancha√≠: The storytelling keepers of Ireland's rich folklore heritage 

First ship to sink in WWII discovered off coast of Ireland  

The Irish woman who was the last witch hanged in Boston 

Not one but TWO Irish islands in West Cork could be yours for $650K  

Bram Stoker Halloween summons the supernatural to Dublin 

Get lost in old Ireland - Irish Film Institute makes amazing rare footage available to public

Irish-dancing NFL player stands up for boy being bullied about his love of dance 

and a treat or two..

Ten Irish potato recipes with a twist

Mother’s sweet white scones recipe 

Trick or treat! A Halloween witches' finger cookie recipe 


London, Docklands and East End Marriages, 1558-1859

London, Docklands and East End Baptisms

Greater London Burial Index

Kent, Canterbury Archdeaconry Baptisms

Kent, Canterbury Archdeaconry Banns

Kent, Canterbury Archdeaconry Marriages

Kent, Canterbury Archdeaconry Burials

British Newspaper Updates            South West England, South East England, Cheshire, Leicestershire, Yorkshire, Denbighshire, Paisley & Renfrewshire

PERiodical Source Index Image Update  Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Toronto and Yorkshire 

Search The Catholic Heritage Archive 

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Catholicism across continents

Expert Webinar 


Colac’s Weekend of Family History – Western District Families

Is your Kain here?             In Days Gone By

Nick’s Caf√©: The Waldorf of Elizabeth Street  toni risson Greek Cafes in Brisbane

The Lost Tin of Gold  Jess  The Dusty Box

The value of a letter - GSQ Blog   Joan Riek

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Rock Star Genealogist voting now open for 2017, Anglo-Celtic Connections, 

Irish Graves

Additions to NSW..   Narrabri   … more to come   (thanks to Michelle Schaller)
Inverell, NSW .. more to come (thanks to Michelle Schaller)

15 additional cemeteries added to Irish Graves... some have just one entry, most have several.  
Many Irish counties are represented. 

NSW, Brisbane and outside of Brisbane..
Murwillumbah Catholic,

Sherwood, St. Margaret's Anglican Memorial Garden Sandgate,   
The Gap Uniting Church,  Tingalpa Christ Church (Anglican)

Lawnton, Lower Coomera, Meringandan , Mooloolah, Mudgeeraba, Mutdapilly General Cemetery,
Nobby Cemetery, Palen Creek St. James Catholic, Pine Mountain Catholic, Rosevale , Tamborine Catholic Cemetery, Tamrookum All Saints, 
Tiara Cemetery,    Toogoolawah,  Upper Caboolture Uniting (Methodist),  Wivenhoe Pocket General Cemetery,  Woodhill Cemetery,

As They Were

Back To Our Past - Dublin - 20,21, 22 October 2017, Connecting to our Roots, DNA, Genetic Genealogy, Shelbourne Hall, RDS Dublin, Ireland,

Rock Star

Rock Star Genealogist voting now open for 2017, Anglo-Celtic Connections, 

Ireland Genealogy Project Archives.. 100,000 gravestone images not enough..

Armagh, Donegal, Dublin, Limerick, Tyrone, Waterford, Wicklow,

Headlines of Old

Karrakatta Cemetery..Making Headlines Over Time..Trove Tuesday 17th October, 2017, Save our headstones, 


"Three years have passed since we said Goodbye.."

Friday, October 13, 2017




J. Miller MARSHALL (22 November 1858 - 12-Jun-1935)                                                                               
Dead in Minehead, England.  PUBLIC DOMAIN.


Papers Past | OLD IDENTITIES AFTERNOON. (Auckland Star, 1899-02-02)

A Genealogist In The Archives: Preserving Our Ancestor's Handmade Textiles

Outback Family History

Anglo-Celtic Connection

Mapping Civil War deaths in Dublin       The Irish Story

Reclaim the Records announced 115 years of New Jersey marriage indexes from 1901-2016,  are now posted to Internet Archive ( and are available for free!

While the indexes are not yet text-searchable you can flip through the images or download the records to your computer as JPGs, PDFs and other formats. The files are listed year-by-year and occasionally by a year range, and then the marriages are listed alphabetically by surname.

A Bride's Index is available for 1901-2000, permitting you to search by bride's surname or maiden name.  Many, but not all years also have a Groom's Index, alphabetically by the groom's surname. Unfortunately, for some years in the mid-1930's, the Grooms Index no longer exists. Reclaim the Records has asked the New Jersey State Archives to scan the microfilms covering those missing years.  These will be added online shortly—expect it by the end of the year.  FamilySearch who has helped Reclaim the Records previously has again stepped up and volunteered to digitally scan the microfilms for the missing years.

Twenty-first century data is also available!  The 2001-2016 section were received in PDF format one file per year—they didn’t have to convert the records from microfilms,  which permits you to do an actual text-search once you download the pdf's directly to your computer.  These are in chronological not alphabetical order.

The records are in various formats: some with the exact date of marriage and others have the license application date.  There are also different locality codes used.  More information is in the newsletter accessible at:

One can get the link with the two versions of the locality codes in the newsletter. 

As New Jersey legally started to recognize same sex marriage in September 2013, the header changed in late September 2013 to Spouse #1 and Spouse #2 not bride and groom.

The newsletter also relates the story of how Reclaim the Records was able to obtain these indexes and at no cost—thank you New Jersey Department of Health!  The freedom of information program in New Jersey is called Open Public Records Act (OPRA).  While the state seals the actual marriage record as private, all indexes for marriages is preserved as a public record. 

The New Jersey law embargo dates for vital records-genealogical copies is only for people who are  deceased whether it be a birth, death or marriage record   AND where the:
    the birth occurred more than 80 years ago
    the marriage occurred more than 50 years ago
    the death occurred more than 40 years ago 

Therefore, if you are researching New Jersey marriage records the indexes are the most promising opportunity for you obtaining information on marriages starting in 1901 through 2016.

Congratulations to Reclaim the Records!

The IAJGS Records Access Alert has been posting about privacy issues for over 2 years. It started with the European Union's adoption of the "right to be forgotten" and General  Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Both of these issues have spread to other countries and can impact what we as genealogists need to have to do our genealogy:  records access.

We have seen regulators and legislators erroneously assume that identity theft is caused by access to birth, marriage and death records.  The most current example is the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's proposed rule to place embargo dates of 125 years from date of birth and 75 years from date of death on records when they are transferred to the Department of Records of Records and Information Services (DORIS).  The Municipal Archives is within DORIS.  (See previous IAJGS Records Access Alert postings on this and the link to the NY Genealogical and Biographical Society's landing page for action items.)  The cause of identity theft is hacking into large databases, whether they be government, business, financial, or medical organizations etc.  The most recent examples are Yahoo where three billion email accounts were hacked; Equifax's 143 million credit reports were hacked and the U.S. government's voter records –198 million were leaked.

An op ed in the New York Times  addresses the End of Privacy.  The U.S. Constitution does not specify the right to privacy, however, the U.S. Supreme Court through its decisions and the 14th amendment " liberty" guarantee has broadly granted the right to privacy in some of its decisions.

Today, the Internet is ubiquitous and social media and search engines all have access to personal information.  Genealogists use both techniques in their genealogy.  How much personal information is available and no longer "private" in many instances is due to our own actions. There is litigation in the European Union that has been reported by the IAJGS Records Access Alert regarding perceived breeches of data privacy by social media and search engines.  Data transfer agreements between the European Union and U.S. ( and other countries) have be dissolved over the concern of privacy—these agreements affect thousand so businesses including genealogy and DNA businesses.

The issue of what can remain private and we can still access what we need for our genealogy is a very current issue.

Smyth County woman's work catches the eye of world-renowned genealogy expert SW Virginia

This (memorialised) life  A lesson for all of us

Co Clare pub wins only new Michelin star in Ireland for 2018

Family history a big mystery to be solved

Celebrate Family History Month at Homestead

Russia's Lock On Family History

NZ's 'Mr Moa' re-writes history of ancient Australian birds

National Archives Australia

Immigration in the Queensland State Archives | Recreation, sport and ...

Immigration Department - ArchivesSearch

your treats await...


Warwickshire Bastardy Indexes

Berkshire Baptisms Index   80 Berkshire parishes, 1538 to 1917

Berkshire Marriages Index  

Berkshire Burial Index

Ontario Birth Index

Thames & Medway Marriages

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The Irish Workhouse Centre  The Silver Voice

Newcastle-Upon-Tyne’s American Civil War Graves Damian Shiels

I’m Published! (Kinda)      Claudia

Victorian curiosities emerge in data clean-up - GSQ Blog   Pauline Williams

Travel Diary – Chile  genielynau

Murder on Mt. Coot-tha Qld State Archives

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That Moment in Time

Friday Fossicking

100years of memories, Sth Aus. immigrants Ships papers, Street Photography, Catalonia & Ireland compared, the man who never was, Sydney coffee obsession, Brisbane Oktoberfest, Connecticut BDMs,  Warwickshire BDMs, Marriage & Clubitis, Rookwood Necropolis, FREE IGP Archives Sept. updates, FREE gravestone pics, Ghost 19th Century nun, Passchendaele remembered, Crotty Family Farm Co. Clare, South Canterbury events this weekend, Crowleys in West Cork,

ROCK STAR GENEALOGIST 2017, Anglo-Celtic Connections, John D. Reid, nominations open, 

St Matthew's Windsor & Hawkesbury Regional Gallery  13 - 15th October, 2017, St. Matthew's Windsor : an Anglican Landmark celebrating 200 years, 

Irish Graves

Additions to Qld Cemeteries outside of Brisbane

Jandowae, Wambo Shire, Jondaryan, Kalbar, Kilkivan, Killarney Warwick, 

Additions to NSW..   Gulgong (thanks to Michelle Schaller)

Biographies - Cooney

Headlines of Old


 Aust Women's Land Army, effects on children, more than cakes and fund raising, need for more workers, POWs, social attitudes, Women In War... Trove Tuesday 10th October 2017, vintage posters,

As They Were

Global Irish Diaspora Directory, Newsletter, Presidential Distinguished Service Award for Irish Abroad, Online Passport Renewals,