Friday, October 13, 2017




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


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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.

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Irish Graves

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