Friday, November 17, 2017




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


IrishGenealogyNews: adds more free historical birth, marriage and death records

GIVEAWAY - RootsTech Pass!  Genealogically Speaking

I Love Bello Shire  Bellingen and district, NSW

Sunday Evening Art Gallery Blog — Anthony Howe Claudia  Do click on each image-amazing

Why is Canberra "criminally overlooked"?

‘Happy’ funerals hinder grief | The West Australian

Completing our wartime history | National Library of Australia

Finding Frederick Fisher National Library of Australia

The National Archives UK

Women at War    Publications

Visit Britain... what to do, where to go...

Anglo-Celtic Connections

The IAJGS Records Access Alert previously reported on the first three  parts of the Veterans History Project. The Library of Congress has launched its latest "Experiencing War" feature entitle: "Stories Above and Beyond": The Medal of Honor. This includes almost 150 digitized collections of Medal of Honor recipients.

To access the collection go to: Go to  for “Stories Above and Beyond: The Medal of Honor.”

Congress created Veterans History Project  in 2000 to collect, preserve and make accessible the firsthand remembrances of America’s war veterans from WWI through the more recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

To read more about the collection see:

In 2016 the Missouri Legislature enacted the Adoptee Rights Act. This law became effective on August 28, 2016 with public notification to allow birth parents to file a contact preference.  Beginning January 2, 2018 non-certified original birth certificates will be issued to those adoptees who are at least 18 years of age and born in Missouri.  Only the adoptee or their attorney may obtain a copy of the original birth certificate from the Missouri State Registrar. Those adoptees born before  1941 have access to their original birth certificate as of August 28, 2016.

To obtain the uncertified original birth record, the adoptee must file a written application and provide adequate proof of identification.  The non-certified birth record will have the following statement printed on the record:" For genealogical purposes only- not to be used for establishing identity." There is a non-refundable charge of $15.00 for the  non-certified copy of the original birth certificate. 

Birth parents may request a contact preference form that will accompany the original birth certificate. Birth parents have three options: " I would like to be contacted"," I prefer to be contacted by an intermediary", and "I prefer not to be contacted".  If both birth parents indicate on the contact preference form that they would prefer not to be contacted, a copy of the original birth certificate of the adopted person shall not be released.  However,  if only one birth parent indicates on the contact preference form that he or she would prefer not to be contacted, his or her identifying information will be redacted from a copy of the original birth certificate of the adopted person and the copy of the original birth certificate will be released.

Medical history is very important for adoptees. The law recognizes this in making the provision for a medical history form from the birth parents. If the birth parent prefers they do not want to be contacted, the adoptee will have access to medical history form with birth parent identifying information redacted.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website regarding the adoptee rights and information and application is available at:

On November 9, 2017 the Supreme Court of Florida ruled that "a decedent does not retroactively lose and can maintain the constitutional right to privacy that may be invoked… including but not limited to medical malpractice cases… Death does not retroactively abolish the constitutional protections for privacy that existed at the moment of death. " While the case, Weaver vs Myers. pertains to a medical malpractice case, the issue of privacy rights to deceased individuals is of importance to genealogists.  Genealogists have asserted for many years that the dead do not have privacy rights and therefore, their death certificates, etc. should be made available  without long embargo periods.

It is not known at this time whether this ruling will impact rulings on privacy of the dead in other states.  There are many previous legal rules that state the dead do not have privacy rights.
The recent adoption by the European Union (EU) of an updated General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)  expressly states the “right to be erased” or “right to be forgotten” does not apply to the dead. 

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Last  EVENT EXTRA for the year    


For Irish Americans, Thanksgiving used to be Halloween 

Ireland’s friendliest town has finally been named - you’ll be surprised 

An Irishman Abroad podcast - some of the best conversations with Irish people you'll ever hear 

Incredible Pathé newsreel footage of 1953 St. Patrick’s Day in Leitrim 

Irish song “Garryowen” played before Custer native American massacres is now banned  

American sculptor's gift to Ireland – “Uncrowned King of Ireland” 

Survivors of Dublin’s largest mother and baby homes call for Tuam-like excavation 

Why we need to remember Ireland's forgotten dead in First World War 

Guns can haunt their makers too: The troubled story of Sarah Winchester 

and now, your treats...

Baked eggs with smoked bacon and cheddar cheese recipe 

An Irish cure for what ails ye - medicinal hot whiskey recipe 

Thanksgiving Irish sweet potato colcannon recipe 

A Thanksgiving Irish whiskey pumpkin pie recipe 


Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt Of Honour

In Rememberance  The Silver Voice

The Manchester martyrs: From last letters to lasting legends  The Irish Story

Grandad goes to war: Remembrance Day 2017  cassmob

Remembrance Day – Gumeracha’s Fallen Heroes  Alona

YE STARS of NIGHT  Emily's Quill Pen

Remembrance Day 2017 & the Kennedy Regiment, Queensland | Shauna Hicks History Enterprises

We Will Remember Them – Diary of a Young Genealogist

“So Costly A Sacrifice Upon the Altar of Freedom:” The Story of the Sheehan Brothers of Fermoy & Vancouver  Damian Shiels

A Whirlpool of Profligacy  Conversations with Grandma  Jenny Coates

Highlight: Tour De Oz – The extraordinary story of the first bicycle race around Australia  Alona Tester

Ladies of the Clipper Ship Prima Donna  TextileRanger

and from my blogs...

That Moment in Time

Friday Fossicking 10th Nov., 2017

Blaeu Map, capital punishment, hawthorn hedges revived, Irish immigrants deaths Grosse Isle, NZ convicts to Aust., Perth War cemetery, Rememberance Day, secrets beneath the lino, FREE images- charts-census substitutes, George Bernard Shaw, Ireland from outer space, Northern lights, true history of Orient Express, masterpiece Greek Art-Griffin Warrior Tomb, Portraits of Crime, 31 links WW1 Military research (Alona Tester), Parramatta Girls, FMP Free access military records, New Zealand family history articles, 

New additions to JUST BECAUSE… 

 The Back Fence of Genealogy

Beneath Flanders Fields,©Crissouli Nov 11, 2017, Remembrance Day,

As They Were

Clare Chatter.. Nov. 2017,Old Kilfarboy Society Miltown Malbay, Billy Mag Fhloinn, Sacred Cows: Echoes of a Goddess in Local Legends,  Clare Archaeological & Historical Society,'The Holy Wells of Clare' , Michael Houlihan,

CLARE CHATTER... New Library For Clare  & Clare Roots Society Book Launch Success, November 2017,

 Headlines of Old

Trove Tuesday 14 Nov 2017, IRISH CONVICTS, SHIPWRECKS, PIRATES, COURT CASES,  and much more, lists of some before courts,

Irish Graves.. they who sleep in foreign lands.

Additions to Irish Graves, Galong and Jugiong, NSW.. many thanks to Noelene Harris

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