Friday, February 23, 2018

FRIDAY FOSSICKING 23rd February, 2018



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


Being Irish on St. Patrick’s Day - why we love it 

14-year-old Irish dancer Cara Loughran among victims of Florida school shooting 

Explore the many treasures of Ireland's National Gallery 

Ireland launches massive 2040 project to plan for the future 

The 2018 IrishCentral Creativity & Arts Awards (PHOTOS) 

Daniel O’Connell's final tragic plea to save Ireland from Famine 

Fun facts about St. Patrick's Day - One month away!  

Marking the Immaculate Conception - Apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Ireland 

Photographer explores haunting 1700s abandoned Irish farmhouse 

The five best and five worst things about living in Dublin  

Best-selling Irish author reveals she is dying 

Finbar Furey - Always The Heart 

The 8,000-year history of Irish cuisine 

The story of St. Patrick's life from kidnapping to Irish Catholicism 

“Black 47,” first major film about famine-era Ireland, getting rave early reviews  

Which US president was the first ever to visit Ireland?  

Which county in Ireland has the most pubs? 

Souvenir Irishman bought for $75 turns out to be $37k Ice Age treasure 

The man who documented the Great Hunger - born 204 years ago today 

My dad's homecoming to Ireland after 34 years in America 

New book "My Name is Bridget" tells tragic story of Tuam Home mother and her missing sons 

are these treats for you?

The perfect way to start a day - a full Irish breakfast 


Atlas Obscura

Remembering New York's Bagel Famines                Lost Plane?

'Leprosy Coins'                         Waldorf Astoria Archives

Forgotten Temple            Toxic Hues       Skylab’s Remains
Golden Temple

Rocky Garden       Wistaria Vine       Unexpected Tomb

IrishGenealogyNews: More free online material from Clare Library's Local Studies Centre Claire Santry

Genealogy and Family History Irish

SS Great Britain : Brunel's ss Great Britain

A man has bought an entire graveyard to stop anyone building on top of his ancestors - Wales Online

Google image search change

Irish Manuscripts Commission Digital Edition

A restoration effort worthy of pioneers | Port Lincoln Times

Diary of an Australian Genealogist: Geneafiction, Freebies, Cornwall & Local Talks - Genealogy Notes 29 Jan - 18 Feb 2018

Augusta Genealogical Society: Learn how to research your Irish genealogy

Venice Blues, Venice, Italy  Wunderlusttwins

#OTD in 1964 – Death of novelist Maurice Walsh, author of the original story of The Quiet Man, in Blackrock, Co Dublin.  Stair na hÉireann

A new post Techno-utopia or techno-dystopia? -  John Grenham

New tours give lease of life to Fremantle Prison Perth Now

Controlling History: Commemorating the First Dáil, 1929-1969.  The Irish Story

Workers at Apple's glass HQ are in a world of pane

I Love Bello Shire       Season of  Food: Local produce, Chef recipes, best tasting food

Gould Digital special deal on Genie Cards  

Edinburgh's Festivals          Edinburgh Castle   

BritRail London Plus Pass

Recent Clare Roots Society functions/meetings

'Mugshots 1920s-style'           Dictionary of Sydney

Genealogy Gems: Research tools expanded at Family History Center   The Preston Citizen

Medieval Street, Rhodes, Greece  Wunderlusttwins

Why are these 1860s houses buried on Lonsdale St? - Saturday Breakfast - ABC Radio

Outback Family History

Double Tragedy at Kalgoorlie – grave tales                   

Gold and Liquid Gold – book review

The Lonely Ghost – a verse                     Off to the Boer War:-                 

Andrew (Andy) Campbell – people profile

Anglo-Celtic Connection

New Irish Genealogical Research Society Videos           

FreeBMD February Update

CEF Service Files Update for February 2018

City of Victoria Archives Online Search

Free access to records

The National Archives, UK

> Explore our Royal Navy and Merchant Navy research guides

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 Reformation on the Record: Suzannah Lipscomb on Henry VIII and the break with Rome

Big Ideas Series: In Their Own Write: Welfare, Discipline and Pauper Agency in the Nineteenth Century

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Remembering Partition: official records and community voices

Find My Past

Connecticut, Town of Sharon Cemetery Indexes

Norfolk, Electoral Registers 1832-1915 Image Browse

Aberdeenshire, Banffshire & Kincardineshire Monumental Inscriptions

Yorkshire Baptisms

Yorkshire Banns

Yorkshire Marriages

Yorkshire Burials

Yorkshire Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts Browse

Nottinghamshire Burial Index

Tracing elusive female ancestors

Exploring the electoral register

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The US Census Bureau has proposed criteria for four  areas of the 2020 census. Comments are due on or before May 16, 2018.

Block Groups -- are statistical geographic subdivisions of a census tract defined for the tabulation and presentation of data from the decennial census and selected other statistical programs. Block groups form the geographic framework within which census blocks are numbered. There are no proposed changes to the existing block group criteria from the 2010 Census

Census County Divisions (CCDs) and Equivalent Entities for the 2020 Census
Census county divisions (CCDs) and equivalent entities are statistical geographic entities established cooperatively by the Census Bureau and officials of state and local governments in 21 states where minor civil divisions (MCDs) either do not exist or have been unsatisfactory for reporting census data. The primary goal of the CCD program is to establish and maintain a set of subcounty units that have stable boundaries and recognizable names.

Census Designated Places (CDPs) for the 2020 Census
Census designated places (CDPs)are statistical geographic entities representing closely settled, unincorporated communities that are locally recognized and identified by name.  A CDP constitutes a single, closely settled center of population that is named.
Census Tracts for the 2020 Census
Census tracts are relatively permanent small- area geographic divisions of a county or statistically equivalent entity defined for the tabulation and presentation of data from the decennial census and selected other statistical programs. The primary goal of the census tract is to provide a set of nationally 
consistent small, statistical geographic units, with stable boundaries, that facilitate analysis of data across time. A census tract should contain 1,200 people or 480 housing units at minimum, and 8,000 people or 3,200 housing units at maximum. Census tracts must not cross county or state boundaries. This criterion takes precedence over all other criteria or requirements. Exceptions are recognized for American Indian reservations (AIRs) and off-reservation trust lands (ORTLs).

Send comments to:; or
Vincent Osier, Geographic Standards, 
Criteria, and Quality Branch, Geography 
Division, U.S. Census Bureau, Room 
4H173, 4600 Silver Hill Road, 
Washington, DC 20233–7400

The IAJGS Records Access Alert reported in January 2017 about a case before the Dublin Circuit Court which found in favor of an individual  who petitioned to have his name removed from a  Google link. The case was brought by politician Mark Savage, which  challenged both Google, Ireland and  the Data Protection Commissioner’s decision that his privacy was not breached by Google’s refusal to remove a link. Mr. Savage wanted Google, Ireland to remove a link to a Reddit post which describes him as homophobic. Reddit is defined on their website as a social news aggregation, web content rating, and discussion website. The case was appealed to Ireland's High Court which found for the Data Commissioner and Google on February 16, 2018 overturning the Dublin Circuit Court previous ruling.  This is the first "right to be forgotten" case concerning internet postings in Ireland.

The High Court said the " Circuit Court had not identified any serious error of law or fact in how the commissioner decided to reject Mark Savage’s complaint concerning Google’s refusal to re-index postings about him on the Reddit news website."  Additionally, the  High Court said " the Circuit Court had not applied the required legal test and had not identified any serious error of fact or law in how the commissioner approached her decision-making and did not give that decision “appropriate curial deference”. Google does not carry out editing functions in respect of its activities and to mandate it to place quotation marks around a URL heading would oblige it to engage in an editing process not envisaged by the Google Spain decision". This reinstated the Irish Data Protection Commissioner's ruling.  The case involved interpretation of the Data Protection Acts and legal decisions including the 2014 Google Spain case by the Court of Justice of the European Union which established  the "right to be forgotten".

Google had argued that the Circuit Court ruling meant search engines would have to review billions of searches daily to decide if quotation marks must, as the Dublin District Court required, be placed around posts considered to be “opinion” rather than fact.

The Irish High Court is comprised of its president, 35 judges and additional judges being ex officio the Chief Justice, the President of the Court of Appeal, the President of the Circuit Court, and former chief justices and courts presidents who remain judges.  Cases are normally heard by one judge as was in this case. To read more about this see:
Original url:

The Case

Mr. Savage handed out leaflets during a 2014 campaign that used terminology about gays that was picked up by Reddit  and the thread then described him as "homophobic". By searching his name on Google the Reddit thread would appear. Mr. Savage appealed to Google to delink the thread so when his name was searched the Reddit thread would no longer appear.  Google declined. Mr. Savage then took the matter to the Data Protection Commissioner who found that Google did not violate the Data Protection Acts of 1988 and 2003. The regulation concerning the  "right to be forgotten" becomes effective when the new Data Protection Regulation goes into effect on May 25, 2018. The right to be forgotten is not included in the earlier Data Protection Regulations. The Data Commissioner's position was that the comments expressed an opinion and not a fact in a context of a political election. Her legal counsel stated on her behalf that the public interest and freedom of expression vastly outweighed the right to privacy. Google's legal representative said they were not concerned with matters of opinion and should not be expected to investigate them. Since Mr. Savage decided to run for public office, his comments were then open for public comment. (

Mr. Savage appealed the Data Commissioner's ruling to the Circuit Court which over turned the Data Commissioner's ruling, stating "the fundamental rights and legitimate interest of the Appellant had been prejudiced."  The judge's view was that "individual Internet users could consult sites such as Reddit for verified facts given the way search engines operate." This case was then appealed to Ireland's High Court.

The IAJGS Records Access Alert previously reported that the Belgium Data Protection Commission has required Facebook to cease using "datr" cookies which Facebook places on people's browsers when they visit or click a Facebook "like" button or other websites allowing it to track the online activities of that browser. The tracking is for both Facebook users and visitors to the site. The "datr" cookie has been used for years.  Facebook appealed the 2015 Belgian Court decision which found for the Data Privacy Commission. 

On February 16 the appeals court ordered Facebook to stop tracking internet users in Belgium who have no accounts with Facebook or face  a daily fine of 250,000 Euros. The maximum fine would be 100 million Euros or $125 million USD if it does not head the ruling. Facebook was also ordered to destroy all personal data obtained "illegally".  Facebook was also ordered to publish the 84-page verdict on its own website and excerpts in Belgium's Dutch  language and French language newspapers.  The court said Facebook used its cookies to track people not only on its own website but also on third-party websites.  Facebook said it intends to appeal the verdict. It said "People, also have the right not to have data collected on sites and apps off Facebook being used for ads." Further, Facebook said, "Over recent years we have worked hard to help people understand how we use cookies to keep Facebook secure and show them relevant content,"

Read more at:

This is being reported on IAJGS Records Access Alert as privacy is a growing issue worldwide and Facebook is a social network operation that many genealogists use to assist in their family history research.

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Snakes alive!  Susie Zada

Into the Census - Another Story  Bluestone Genealogy   Louise Gray

Genealogically Speaking.  Caitlin Gow

Family Tree Frog: Sepia Saturday 406 - Those Carrett girls     Alex Daw

Waiting  Liv Hambrett

Diary of an Australian Genealogist  Geneafiction, Freebies, Cornwall & Local Talks - Genealogy Notes 29 Jan - 18 Feb 2018  Shauna Hicks

Eastern Beach, Geelong  Backtracking

family tapestry #52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. Week 7: 'Valentine'  flissie

Family Connections: #52Ancestors - Week 7 - Valentine        Vicki Court

What happened to Rose?   Clogs and Clippers  Stella Budrikis

Talking of Tarlee - Sheaf tossing  Library Currants

Trove Tuesday: In which Fred Smith builds a private bowling green  Backtracking

Editorial: Identity Theft; Are You A Witness To It?   Eltham District Historical Society Inc

AncestorChasing: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 8: Heirloom Kerryn Taylor

Harry Lawson elected Victorian Premier March 1918 | Anne's Family History

Fanny Rawlinson – Favourite Name – #52ancestors week 6  larzus

Random items in Emily’s Album  genielynau

and from my blogs...

That Moment in Time

Roots Tech FREE, Saving family heirlooms, Mass Paths, Richard Sidey-Wanaka, lovers hanged, C of I records CLARE, craic-banter-bread, Magdalene laundries, Devonshire St Cemetery, Qld Floods 1893, FREE records Britain & Ireland from Find My Past, Suffragette Collection Update, update on Rootsweb mailing lists, Squatters chair-what is it?, map of Noble Estate Clayfield QLD, Aust. Remembrance Trail where 295,000 Aussies served, Nazi looted art displayed-hope to find owners, falling frogs, 1500 unmarked graves identified, Librarians do have a sense of humour, 
lost story of Galway’s orphans, a stab at truth, 

Irish Graves

Camperdown Cemetery, NSW… thanks to Noelene Harris

Kurrajong, NSW.. Catholic .. thanks to Noelene Harris

Kurrajong C of E thanks to Noelene Harris

Copperfield Cemetery, near Clermont, Qld  thanks to Lori White

Headlines of Old

Convict Marriages - Trove Tuesday 20th Feb. 2018, Female Factory, convicts permission to marry, list of marriages-prisoners, TROVE newspapers +books +pictures -photos -objects, The Colonial Secretary's Papers 1788-1856 NSW,

As They Were

New Additions to IGP.... Ireland Genealogy Projects Feb 2018, Cavan, Dublin, Fermanagh, Mayo, Monaghan & Fermanagh, Sligo, Tipperary, Wexford,

CONTRIBUTIONS  Thanks to Paul O’Brien, Katrina Vincent, Anne Comber.. and many others…. many Irish counties and names mentioned in these press clippings.

MISSING FRIENDS.. newspaper notices searching for lost friends and family. Some even give last address and descriptions.

Friday, February 16, 2018




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


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Your Family Tree    Belfast Telegraph

Highlight: Diaries of a Stretcher-Bearer 1916-1918 Alona Tester

Community group identifies 1,500 unmarked graves in project to ensure lives are not forgotten - ABC News

Top Ten Genealogy Research Mistakes | LoveToKnow

How to shed your trickiest clutter so your loved ones don’t have to | Starts at 60

The Family Curator | 5 Things You Can Do Right Now to Save Your Family Heirlooms

Queensland Genealogy and Archives Research Tips - Judy Webster

GeniAus: Open Live Writer 

20+ Times Librarians Surprised Everyone With Their Sense Of Humor | Bored Panda 

The lost story of Galway's orphans - Connacht Tribune

A stab at truth': my grandmother and the problem with family histories | Books | The Guardian

Devonshire Street Cemetery | My attempts at merging Left and… | Flickr  Great image

Persistent and heavy falls of frogs – John Grenham – Irish Roots

Mass Paths in Ireland  Atlas Obscura

Purpose in paradise: how do we create meaningful & sustainable lives in the sunshine state? Qld State Library 
Thu 1 Mar, 6pm–7.15pm | Free | Bookings required
Can't make it in person? The talk will be live streamed and made available as a webcast on our website

Treat for the senses.. 
Richard Sidey lives in Wanaka, New Zealand and has spent over a decade photographing various remote areas of natural interest. For his project “Speechless” he has endeavored to document scenes of outstanding natural beauty through the eyes of a film-maker. 

Outback Family History

A Token of Esteem – John J Victor

Swearin ‘n’ Spittin – by Arthur Dunstan

Word from Elburn: Town and Country Public Library offers Lego, Irish and genealogy events  Kane County Chronicle

 Club News, Feb. 10, 2018  The Union of Grass Valley

IrishGenealogyNews: Ancestry adds Church of Ireland baptism, marriage and burial records for Co. Clare, 1744 to 1991

Women, the Vote and Nationalist Revolution in Ireland   The Irish Story

A rustic romance in Kilrush, Co Clare. The Irish Times

Owning the good and the bad in one's family history. Washington Post

The National Archives UK

Explore the History of a House View in a browser  great sale on books

Anglo-Celtic Connections

Church of England Modern Parish Maps and Information

Survey: likely and unlikely in genealogy

Tipperary Resources

The Genealogist adds over 650,000 criminal records

Cheddar Man changes the way we think about our ancestors

I vow to thee: Centenary of the Death of Sir Cecil Arthur Spring-Rice


For Mark Twain, It Was Love At First Sight

How UFO Reports Change With the Technology of the Times

The Louvre Puts Nazi-Looted Art in Public Eye in Effort to Find Rightful Heirs

Tomb of 5th Dynasty Priestess Found in Egypt

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

I love reading these articles...they are on all manner of subjects, some lengthy, some short... Rather than link to all I've enjoyed this week, I will just post links to a few.... or may be a few more.

I suggest that you subscribe if you're interested in the history of Ireland... settle down for an interesting read. I have my sub set to Weekly now... easier to manage.

#OTD in 1848 – John Mitchel publishes first United Irishmen.

St Valentine  beautiful photo...

#OTD in 1926 – Rioting greets the Abbey Theatre performance of Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars because of what is viewed as anti-Irish sentiment.

#OTD in 1923 – The Father of Government minister Kevin O’Higgins is shot dead by Republicans at the family home in Stradbally, Co Laois.

#OTD in Irish History – 10 February:

What's on, special events and stories from I Love Bello Shire

Bellingen Courier-Sun

What's new at the Ocean View Hotel Urunga. 

Qld State Library  John Oxley Library

Souvenir of Floods: Southern Queensland, February, 1893 – Digitised @ SLQ

Noble Estate, [Clayfield], 1886 (Map of the Week)

Fiesta Gardens 1948 – a touch of Hollywood at Slacks Creek

Charles Archer and the squatters chair

Christmas and New Year in Brisbane 1904/1905  C.W. Loughridge... on voyage from Belfast, Ireland

Find My Past

10 Women Who Risked Everything for Equality 

How to Find the Maiden Names of Women in Your Family Tree 

3 Ways to Trace Wartime Ancestors

Get Back to Britain and Ireland with these FREE Records

5 Common Irish Genealogy Brick Walls and How to Overcome Them

5 Fascinating Welsh Record Collections You May Have Missed 

Suffragette Collection Update

Suffragette Newspaper Collection Browse

Missouri, Moniteau County Roman Catholic Marriages

Search marriage records »

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Legislation has been introduced in the California Assembly that would create a new California regulatory agency, the California Data Protection Authority (CDPA) to regulate Californians’ personal data on the internet.  All technology companies that serve Californians on the internet would be regulated by the new agency. The legislation was inspired by the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation.

"It is the intent of the Legislature to enact line 2 legislation that would create a new state agency or officer that line 3 would be charged with, among other things, protecting the personal line 4 information of California residents."

Mercury News article states if enacted the new agency would enact regulations that ban social media websites from conducting potentially harmful psychological experiments on users, create ways for Californians to erase certain profiles and personal information, and standardize online user agreements.


The five greatest Irish love stories for St. Valentine’s Day never too late 💖

The best modern Irish love songs for Valentine’s Day   💖

25 things you really don't miss about Ireland 

First Irishman was black with blue eyes says genetic expert 

Irish Olympian forced to compete for Britain smuggled in an Irish flag 

The Great Hunger and Ireland’s lasting bond with the US

Craic, banter and bread - what I missed about Ireland 

Travel Ireland by train 

Frasier’s John Mahoney’s Irish roots and deep love for Galway 

B&B Ireland homes provide a welcome like no other 

What is Irish Tap Dancing?  

Songs in The Quiet Man: The amazing soundtrack to Irish America’s favorite movie 

Magdalene Laundries survivors share heartbreaking stories in new online records 

Slane Whiskey - A tale of two families 

Arizona woman wakes up sounding Irish and British - diagnosed with rare Foreign Accent Syndrome 

Three-year-old Irish dancer is the cutest thing in the world (VIDEO)  

Top five female Irish heroes from history (PHOTOS) 

The Irish and Ash Wednesday - Lent, meatless Fridays, hot-crossed buns 
Guess which Irishman still receives Valentine’s Day cards 94 years after his death? 
A tour of mystical, mythological Ireland (PHOTOS) 

and some treats..

How to make pancakes like the Irish this Shrove Tuesday  or any other day!

Guinness chocolate pudding recipe 

Baileys Irish Cream truffles

Three-minute chocolate mousse recipe - VIDEO 


The Story of Sarah Mary Josephine McCane  Before Bernadette

The Gothic Bank and Its Museum  historicalratbag

#OTD in 1936 – The Daunt Rock Rescue.   Stair na hÉireann         wonderful painting

Relations in religion         In Days Gone By

#OTD in 1847 – Eyewitness report on The Great Hunger by James Mahoney in The Illustrated London News.   Stair na hÉireann  

Textile Inventory from 1844  TextileRanger

Misneach – The Ballymun Sculpture  The Silver Voice

Backtracking: One death, two death certificates   Lorraine Phelan

The Story of Edmond O'Donnell Before Bernadette

My North Coast Road Trip – Diary of a Young Genealogist   Emily Peace

The Leschenault Shark | The Dusty Box  A post with a difference..

and from my blogs...

That Moment in Time

Hill of Tara, many National Archives, PERSI, Tipperary, basement cemetery, holocaust survivor,  Earl Grey orphans, historical Australian maps, Firbolg -ancient Irish ancestors?, Mountkennet workhouse, indigenous Australians at war,
sunflower fields, Canada’s home children, horse riding librarians, almost 50 million newspaper pages digitised, suffragette tales, family history & Strasbourg Cathedral, Maya ruins, politics to puddings, abandoned colonial NZ homestead, siege of Paris, 

CONVICTS to NSW 1787 and 1839 - TROVE TUESDAY 13TH OCTOBER, 2018
Trove, Project Gutenberg, List of convicts to NSW 1787, “Crime and immorality flourish..”

Irish Graves

addition to Apple Tree Creek Cemetery, Childers, Qld… thanks to Brian Bouchardt

Addition to Gore Hill and Camperdown, Sydney, NSW, thanks to Noelene Harris

Two Blogiversaries this week… “Irish Graves… they who sleep in foreign lands”  celebrates 6 years…

and Confessions of a Bibliophile  celebrates 4 years…  

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