Friday, January 19, 2018




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


Australia's last living convict bucked the trend of reoffending - ABC News 

Echo readers could hold the key to this woman’s family history - Sunderland Echo

This Hotel Has a Genealogy Butler Who Can Help You Unlock Your Family History 

Irish Cultural Center names Bo Sullivan executive director

I Love Bello Shire   'Featured Events' and 'What's On' for the upcoming week

Leave something for the next generation to discover – John Grenham – Irish Roots

Old Brisbane  How much do you recognise?

Registrations Open for South Australia’s History Festival 2018 Alona Tester

[Dictionary of Sydney] Animals on the Dictionary of Sydney

Catholic Parish Registers at the NLI  NOTE: there is a slight change of address, please  change your Bookmarks.

Penguin Random House Audio..  
Just one of the links within Our Authors Listen and Knit, too!

Ireland Newsletter       
The Conneelys and the Seals - by Terry Flanagan   
Tipperary - Walk in the footsteps of Brian Boru   
The Firbolg: The Ancient Ancestors of the Irish!  
14 More Insults from Ireland!

Anglo- Celtic Connections

Irish Registry of Deeds Index Project News

Warwickshire Parish Records

MyHeritage improves DNA service

At what time of year are the most in births in England and Wales?

Findmypast focus on death

Boxes, Bodies, and Backhoes: Excavation and Analysis of the Forgotten Dead of Early Bytown

CEF Service Files Update for January 2018

New from Pen & Sword Family History

Perth & District Historical Society: 100th Anniversary Review of the Halifax Disaster 

30% Discount on British Newspaper Archive Annual Subscription

Genealogical Miracles

Clare County Library has just announced that they are resuming accepting submissions for their website at  

records-access alerts

The Stars and Stripes newspaper recently published an article on the M.I.A. Recovery Network—located in Houston Texas. This is an  online database that could be used to identify unknown World War II-era Service members buried around the world. The directory cross-references information about recovered unknown troops with missing service members' attributes is expected to go live shortly.  The MIA Recovery Network recently announced a partnership with the Sons of Liberty Museum and the Army Air Corps Library and Museum.  To read the article see:

I contacted the M.I.A. Recovery Network and they graciously provided links for four main databases: Sons of Liberty: MIAs & buried-unknowns; Army Air Corps Museum: MIA and buried unknowns and their search military records.

As of its launching, announced December 7, 2017, this material accounted for approximately 25% of the MIAs that still remain from World War II. Search through records of Army (including Paratrooper and Armored Divisions) Navy, Marine and Coast Guard MIAs.
There still remain many numbers of citizen soldiers from various conflicts classified as unknown soldiers. These are unidentified recovered and buried remains. These who gave the ultimate sacrifice are found in American Battle Monument cemeteries around the world and even national cemeteries in the U.S.
If you have any information that would assist researchers for any of these cases, please contact:

The Sons of Liberty home page is: The Sons of Liberty represented groups of patriots in the American Revolution.

Members of Army Air Forces units (including Paratrooper and Armored Divisions), are found here.

These are unidentified recovered and buried remains are found in American Battle Monument cemeteries around the world and even national cemeteries in the U.S. The results are grouped by State and Country, then sub-sorted by County,

If you have any information that would assist researchers for any of these cases, please contact:

The Army Air Corps home page is: The Army Air Corps Library and Museum is dedicated to the men and women of the Army Air Forces - Army Air Corps of 1907-1947 and The U.S. Air Force of 1947 to Present.

To help the MIA Recovery Unit please share this email with your genealogy societies , blogs, etc.

Reclaim the Records has again sued the New York City Clerk's Office and the City of New York. This time they are going after the 1996-2016 section of the New York City text-searchable marriage license database—not the actual marriage licenses or certificates—those are under privacy protections. This database has several million records.  Reclaim the Records is asserting that under New York State Law basic marriage "log" or index data is supposed to be open to the public.

You may recall that Reclaim the Records previously sued the City of New York  for the same record set in for its earlier data and won in each instance—including their legal fees for one of the suits.  Once Reclaim the Records won their cases they placed the records online at Internet Archive.

"In 2016, Reclaim The Records filed a successful FOIL request that obtained the first-ever public copy of the New York City marriage license index for 1930-1995. In September 2017, they filed a brand new FOIL request with the New York City Clerk’s Office asking for the continuation of that data, covering marriages from 1996-2016.
New York City rejected their request, leading to their filing a Freedom of information Law (FOIL) appeal on November 17, 2017. The city never replied to their appeal, although they were required to do so by the law. On January 10, 2018, Reclaim the Records sued them in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, county of New York."  Records Request # 1
To read the Reclaim the Records newsletter for more information on this latest litigation see:

Antonin DeHays pled guilty this week to stealing military records and service members' dog tags from the public research room at the National Archives College Park, Maryland facility (NARA II).  He committed these acts from December 2012 to June 2017. He stole at least 291 dog tags and at least 134 military records including identification cards, personal letters, photos, a bible and piece of downed U.S. aircraft.  He sold most of the items on eBay but kept some and gave some away as gifts. In one instance he traded a brass dog tag belonging to a Tuskegee Airman to a military aviation museum in exchange for sitting inside a World War II era Spitfire aircraft.
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Per WTOP in Washington DC area, DeHays swiped the records and dog tags by requesting to view collections at the National Archives site, which allows public access to some records. In many cases, an audit of the collections after DeHays viewed them showed items were missing, court documents show.

According to US Archivist David S. Ferriero, the thefts from the World War II military records were noticed by National Archive staff and the Office of Inspector General. The documents and dog tags belonged to U.S. servicemen whose airplanes crashed during World War II.  The pilfered records were created during World War II by the German military. "When Allied airmen crashed into Nazi-occupied territory in Europe, the Germans recovered the tags of deceased airmen and confiscated dog tags from airmen who survived the crashes. They then placed those tags into files with downed Allied aircraft reports. Allied forces seized these records at the end of the war, and the U.S. Army transferred them to the National Archives in 1958."  To read more from Archivist Ferriero see:

If convicted of stealing government records he faces up to 10 years in prison. His sentencing date is April 4 in US District Court in Greenbelt Maryland.

This IAJGS  Record Access Alert covers several different issues in order not to fill up your in box:

1. If you change your email address please go into your IAJGS Records Access Alert account and change it at the registration link: If you forgot your password just reapply with the new email address. After your old email bounces the system automatically will remove you from the subscriber list.

2. The Legal Genealogist, Judy Russell, reminded those of us serving on the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) that copyright was extended in 1998 for another 20 years- to 2018. Originally, protection during the first half of the 20th century ( novels, musical compositions, motion pictures, poems etc.) had been extended for 56 years from date of publication. This was originally done by the request of Disney and other corporations to protect intellectual property rights for such original works as Mickey Mouse's first movie. In 1976 Congress lengthened the term to 75 years. The 1923 plus 75 years took us to 1999 with retroactive extensions for example  1924 + 75 to 2000, etc. The 1998 extension takes us to 2018. While so far nothing has appeared on the "radar" that Congress may again extend any protected works, it is something we need to watch.

FGS president Rorey Cathcart shared two articles with RPAC members on this which question if copyright will be extended:  and

Thank you both Judy Russell and Rorey Cathcart for sharing this important information. Both are subscribers to IAJGS Records Access Alert.

3. If you would like to know what your US-elected member of Congress has to say in the Congressional Record, you may now receive an email to alert you:


The IAJGS Records Access Alert previously posted about Austrian Max Schrems who was successful in his litigation to have the Court of Justice of the European Union dissolve the "Safe Harbor" agreement for data transfer between the European Union (EU) and the United States—with Facebook being the challenged company. He has also expressed concern on the data transfer agreement that replaced Safe Harbor, Privacy Shield. Mr. Schrems now espouses a single EU hub  crowdfunding as a new type of non-government organization (NGO) to deliver privacy rights-which he plans to support as being chairman of the board of the new NGO called NYOB (none of your business).

The purpose behind to developing an organization Mr. Schrems says it is impossible for individuals to enforce their rights as it is too expensive and administratively difficult. He and his partners believe in having a single NGO at the EU level with necessary expertise is more efficient. The NYOB is aimed at being up and ready when the General Data Protection Regulation becomes effective on May 25, 2018.

The (US) National Archives and Records Administration has multiple agreements for digitization of their historic documents with various genealogical organizations, such as and select academic organizations.  They have a proposed agreement with the Daughters of the American revolution (DAR).  See list of partnerships:

The proposed agreement is available for comment until February 2, 2018 and supersedes the draft agreement previously announced on July 24, 2017.

To submit feedback, please email
You may also leave comments on the NARAtions blog at :
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 1. (UK) General Register Office Extends Birth and Death Records
     PDF Trial (IAJGS Public Records Access Alert)
  2. (US-EU) US Congress Passes Extension of FISA Bill--Addresses
     Needs of Data Transfer of Privacy Shield
     (IAJGS Public Records Access Alert)

In 2017 the United Kingdom's  General Register Office (GRO)  held a three phase pilot on accessing birth and death records by pdf. The GRO extended the final phase which was supposed to run for three months starting  October  12, 2017.  However in the current issue of  Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, they write the GRO confirmed to them that the latest pilot delivering PDF copies of birth and death records has been successful and they will be extending the pilot.  They were also advised that "further changes" would be communicated in due course". During the 3-month pilot they had over 79,800 PDF applications and processed providing a less expensive and quicker alternative to ordering print copies.  See:
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The GRO has yet to establish a permanent PDF scheme and it may take legislative action by Parliament to make it permanent.

A PDF is not a certificate as they do not have the official crest and signature of issuing authority as would a regular certificate. A PDF will have no "evidential" value, and therefore a paper certified copy [certificate] is required for official purposes, e.g. if applying for a passport, driving license, or where required to give notice of marriage.

The extended pilot covers PDF copies of those historical digitized civil registration records held by GRO (i.e. birth entries from 1837 - 1916 and death entries from 1837 - 1957). Modern records are not covered during the extended pilot.  A GRO index reference is required to be provided with the application. You can find the GRO index references by logging on to the GRO online ordering service and accessing the GRO online indexes. A PDF will cost £6.00 each.

For information on the extended pilot please see the questions and answers on their website. You first have to register (it's free) to access the rest of the website:
That will then open the window of "what would you like to do?"  On the right there is a menu of items. Click on the  "About the PDF Pilot."  That will take you to the "Extended PDF Pilot: About the Pilot.

Thank you to Gail Dever of Genealogy à la carte for informing us about the Who Do You Think You Are Article.

On January 11 the US House of Representatives passed, and on January 16, the US Senate overcame a filibuster on Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) which extends the program for six years. The bill is expected  to earn the simple majority required to officially pass through the chamber sometime later this week.   Section 702 of FISA allows the National Security Agency to conduct warrantless surveillance on foreigners abroad suspected of being national security threats. Incidentally the program also collects an unknown amount of communications belonging to Americans. Without extending it, the  provision is due to expire on January 19, 2018. It is expected to be signed by President Trump.

It was this law that Edward Snowden, former NSA contractor disclosures, were the impetus used to concern those about US surveillance and US companies sharing their customers' data ( emails, phone calls,  Facebook postings, etc.)  with the government.  This resulted in the invalidation of the EU-US  data transfer agreement, Safe-Harbor, by the Court of Justice of the European Union several years ago. The replacement data-sharing agreement, Privacy Shield, has over 2,600 US companies self-certified to participate in legally transferring EU citizens data for the EU to the US.  The European Commission's executive area wants to ensure that  “that there is no lowering of any personal data protection standards in the FISA re-authorization”. The bill as passed the House and filibuster in the House purportedly does not strip away privacy and civil liberties oversight protections  according to former U.S. officials.

Congress had enacted the law in 2008 to legalize a form of a once-secret warrantless surveillance program created after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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The ancient music and instruments of Ireland (PHOTOS) 

Which tree are you, according to the Celtic calendar and astrology?

Find out the meaning behind your Irish name - Part III 

The forgotten Irishman who named the “United States of America” 

100-year-old Florida women reveals feisty Irish secrets to a long life 

Photos of the Titanic survivors after the great Belfast ship sank 

Old hand-colored photos of Ireland’s heritage sites give glimpse into past 

The Irish passport is more powerful than ever in world rankings 

Ireland's most popular counties and what to visit (PHOTOS) 

Lunar eclipse was welcomed by Celts in ancient times (VIDEO) 

Letters of a family to their son in America after the Famine 

A fond farewell for my Irish mother, the light of our lives  

How to practise mindfulness using ancient Irish proverbs  

Irish American philanthropist makes Irish boxing club dream come alive  

Top ten facts about Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf 

Cast your vote for the top Irish in Film & Television 

Why is the song "Danny Boy" so popular? Experts explain (VIDEO) 

Buffalo Irish author donating all book sales to robbed Irish Center 

LISTEN: Did the Irish of 1845 see the Great Hunger coming?

treat time...

How to make the perfect Irish comfort food: Shepherd's Pie 

Brown bread as your mother made it 

How to make the perfect Irish whiskey hot toddy 

An indulgent chocolate Guinness cake recipe 

Irish blackberry jam and custard donuts recipe 


South Carolina, Will Transcripts 1782-1866

South Carolina, Plats for State Land Grants 1784-1868

South Carolina, Legislative Papers 1782-1929

South Carolina, Criminal Court Records
South Carolina, Records Of Confederate Veterans 1909–1973
Norfolk Monumental Inscriptions 1600-1900's Image Browse

Lancashire, Oldham Cemetery Registers 1797-2004 Image Browse

Wiltshire Burials Index 1538-1990

Middlesex Monumental Inscriptions 1485-2014

6 Tools to Take Your Family Tree Back to the Victorian Period


52 Ancestors in 52 weeks – Blegg of Tasmania Australia Heather Denham (new blog)

That 2018, A New Year!  Joan G. Hill                (Welcome back!)

Black Raven Genealogy: Branching out to find my Mahon roots  Dara

Cemetery Renewal - Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth, Western Australia | Walking The Genes  Megan

NOTE: this doesn't only affect WA, it affects us all...

Denis Bennett in Liverpool  Shelley   ( continuing the story)

Behind the Pen with Hazel Edwards | Theresa Smith Writes

Family Tree Frog: Trove Tuesday - Trudgeon  Alex

Highs and Lows - GSQ Blog   Joan Riek

Family Treasures: Uncover the past « MyHeritage Blog           Schelly

and from my blogs..

That Moment in Time

58 children- pauper's grave, Titanic pier 'relaunched', women- survivors, 50 FREE genie sites, 2 families-1 argument-100 years, housing skeletons, ancient documents lost, certificates of naturalisation, genetics rewrites US history, lost hammer leads to largest ever cache of Roman treasure, 600 yr Canterbury roll reveals royal secrets, Bequeathing  genealogy research,     + Lots of great blogs to interest you this week…

As They Were

Carmody Hotel 60 year commemoration……remembrance mass-choir & de regge music + radio broadcast, + book launch, John Bradbury’s account of the Carmody Hotel tragedy…   Sunday 14th Jan. 2018,

Clare Roots January meeting and guest speaker- Dr. Clodagh Tait, "Namesakes and Nicknames', 18th Jan 2018, Old Ground Hotel Ennis, Memberships due.. can be paid on the night, 

Headlines of Old

So many names and addresses.. is your ancestor included? If you find a possible name, don’t discard, thinking ‘my family came later’ or my family didn’t live in that area’.. If your family were adventurous enough to migrate, might they not have travelled around a bit here as well?

Certificates of Naturalisation .. Trove Tuesday 16th Jan. 2018 - Series 4, Surprise finds  — Certificates Of Naturalisation - 1860 +1897, Samuel Edward Boldner, Henry Friedrich Hahn, 1921 lists with name & address, e.g.. cert. 1921-1937, name change notice, 


  1. Chris, Thank you so much for including my post on my 4th great grandparents in your Friday Fossicking! You've made my day!

    1. You're very welcome, Jo. I enjoyed reading about them.

  2. There goes my Sunday again - my desktop is fully of open tabs! Thank you dear Chris for being our news aggregator!

  3. I aim to please, Alex.. there are so many great links in this lot, that I'm very glad that others enjoy them as much as I do. I use the posts as my personal bookmarks for many of them. I'd love to know what you look forward to most or what you have returned to a number of times.
    Thanks for commenting.


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