Friday, April 13, 2018

FRIDAY FOSSICKING 13th April, 2018



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


The First Fleet and Australia’s unforgiving weather | Pursuit by The University of Melbourne

Australian War Memorial

Last Post Ceremony            

24 April – centenary of the second battle of Villers-Bretonneux
25 April – Anzac Day
You can stream the ceremonies daily via YouTube and Facebook.
A Matter of Trust  exhibition

Behind the scenes with ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’

Limerick Chronicle files: Fact, fiction, fantasy and folklore surrounding Biddy Early - Limerick Leader

Australian History Research: Apr 2018 Newsletter  Cathy Dunn

Irish Convicts

Norfolk Island Land

A Growing Source for Free Genealogy: Digital Public Library of America - Amy Johnson Crow

Introducing Outback Family History - The In-Depth Genealogist

Outback Family History

Kurrawang-Coolgardie United Football Club 1923

Cricket isn’t life or death. It’s much more important!

The Caldwell Brothers – a soldiers story

A Desirable Residence-

Little John Hepple – grave tales

“I was to Him like a Brother”: Bonds between Irishmen in the Civil War  Damian Shiels

3 graves that can’t be found – The St Helena Island Community

Australia’s Motorcycle Chariot Race  Alona

Quirky tin shed bookshop 'born out of laziness' offers booklovers' sanctuary - ABC 

Carol's Headstone Photographs  FREE

ST. PETER'S OLD CEMETERY Richmond NSW. :: Genealogy

Podcast: Assassination and Execution, Ireland December 1922  The Irish Story

The Archive Lady: Should I Keep the Envelope? - Abundant Genealogy

New information emerges about young girl's grave that has fascinated for more than a century - ABC News

Tram history in Sydney  ABC News

Atlas Obscura 

Aerial Maps of the Past            Tabasco Island's Fate  

Chimney Cake

Tea Cups That Tell Fortunes     Forgotten Forests    Very Old Funicular

The Gates of Light   A Library Code, Deciphered   Berkeley's Hillside Paths

A Colorful Village      Wave Power Plants   Pickle Castors    

Friend Ghost Town

Enchanting Art Carved From Old Books             The Afterlife of a Hearse

Ancient Water Tanks        Chicken of the Woods

The Pickle Jar Highway            First Service Engineer

The Lorenbahn                  Jiānbǐng Breakfast

Do I Still Need a Desktop Genealogy Software Program? Geneamusings - Randy Seaver

MysteryMonday: Speed Humps, Shire of Eltham, c.1989       elthamhistory

Tracing Our Roots: Want to walk on the land of your ancestors?          Star Local Media

Marketing a memoir | PROV

East India Company Army - FIBIwiki

Top 5 most unusual Australian occupations – Ancestry Blog AU

What the average Anzac took into service with him… and what he brought home – Ancestry Blog AU

Clock tower tour: a classic Brisbane must-do 

Live like a local: 48 hours in Brisbane 

30 things to do in the Brisbane Region

6 Tips before you visit QSA - YouTube  Queensland State Archives

Part 2: How some land records are arranged and described   Queensland State Archives

Anglo-Celtic Connection

CRKN and Merge as Combined Organization

Belleville School Records 1900-1940

Advance Notice: Jean Wilcox Hibben at Watertown and the storm of March 1888

News about 

Celebrate Scottish Heritage

Ottawa-born who died at Vimy, 9 April 1917

WW2 Bombing Maps

LAC Preservation Centre Virtual Tour, and more

Advance Notice: Jane's Walk Ottawa

Pat Horan Memorial Lecture

Find My Past

England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1920

Canadian Headstones Index

Sussex Registers & Records

Warwickshire Registers & Records

Surrey Registers & Records

Suffolk Registers & Records

New South Wales, Railway Employment Records

Cardiganshire Burials

Search Catholic Records »

Catholic History Unlocked

Understanding Catholic records

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


As previously written about on the IAJGS Records Access Alert, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDoH&MH) promulgated a new regulation imposing restrictive embargo periods for when they transfer birth and death records to the Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS) which includes the municipal archives. The embargo dates are 125 years from date of birth and 75 years from date of death. Existing records that were previously transferred to DORIS are not affected.

Despite over 5,000 comments in opposition, and only two in favor: New York State Department of Health and, the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Services (NAPHSIS), they went forth with their original proposed rule.  NAPHSIS is the organization that has promoted the 125/75 year embargo dates as part of the 2011 Model Vital Statistics Act which has never been approved by the Federal government.

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYGBS) took the leadership role in organizing the various genealogical groups to oppose the embargo periods. The group is called New York Records Access and Preservation Committee (NYRPAC).  If you would like to view its website with the organizations that are participating go to:  Organizations are still joining so we expect the list to grow.  IAJGS is proud to be one of the Coalition members, along with the current other members: Italian Genealogy Group; Jewish Genealogical Society of Long Island (JGSLI), New York Genealogical Society and Biographical Society (NYGBS), Reclaim the Records and the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) of which IAJGS is a sponsoring member along with the Federation of Genealogical Societies and National Genealogical Society.

NY-RPAC is collecting stories from researchers on how changes to the accessibility of New York’s records will impact you. Go to the NY-RPAC website to find out the types of stories and how to submit:

NYCDoH&MH has issued another proposed rule, in part in response to the 5,000 comments in opposition to the first rule, expanding certain family members access to death records and birth records for deceased persons. While this is definitely a positive step it does not go far enough, as certain relatives are not included, such as step children, step –parents etc., nor are researchers.

The NYGBS has a new action plan to let the NYCDoH&MH know that while this amendment is an improvement greater access is desirable. 
·        Sign a petition
·        Submit a statement  by 5:00PM April 23
·        Attend the hearing on April 23, 2018

NYGBS is holding a Facebook event, tomorrow, April 10  10:00AM-2:00PM EDT
Not on Facebook? Anyone can watch by visiting -  NYGBS will have a link right to the broadcast on their home page. 

To read the previous IAJGS Records Access Alert postings about the NYCDoH&MH go to: You must be registered to access the archives.  To register go to:  and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which genealogical  organization with whom you are affiliated   You will receive an email response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be finalized.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

On February 28, 2018, the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics released its report, Towards Privacy by Design: Review of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).  The recommendations are heavily influenced by the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). To read the report see:
You then have the option to read it in English or French.

One of the recommendations is to explicitly provide for an "opt-in" consent as the default for any use of personal information for secondary purposes with the view of implementing a default opt-in system regardless of purpose. 
Ed. Note: Some years ago Canada adopted an "opt-in" for release of Census information after 92 years. The number of Canadians signing to "opt-in" was low and therefore permit future generations to see their censuses information was diminished. It was only last year that this was reversed. While this proposal is not designed to  address the census, it is something to watch as census may be "swept-up" in the overall description of what will be considered personal information and  "secondary purposes".

Another of the items is whether Canada's The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) should be amended to include the "right to be forgotten" via two approaches: (a) the right to erasure; and (b) the right to de-indexing. The right to erasure involves the right of an individual to have his/her personal information deleted from a website; de-indexing involves the mere de-referencing or de-indexing of such website from search results that include the individual’s name (while leaving the source documents themselves in place). The committee recommended: that individuals should have the right to have their personal information removed when they end a business relationship with a service provider or when the information was collected, used or disclosed contrary to PIPEDA. The Committee recommended that legislators look to the GDPR as a model as a means of clarifying the scope of such a right.  As a minimum the committee concluded that young people should have the right to have information that is posted about them. The committee recommended: consider including a de-indexing framework in PIPEDA and that the right be expressly recognized in cases related to personal information posted online by individuals when they were minors. They also recommended that PIPEDA should be amended to include a clear definition of what is meant by the “destruction” of data, especially in contexts where complete destruction may be impractical (such as where traces of data may be stored in back-up storage).

The committee report also explored introducing, "privacy by design" into PIPEDA.  This is to ensure privacy considerations in product development.

This is complementary to the recent Office of Privacy Commissioner draft policy position, Reputation and Privacy, which recommends de-linking among other items.  The deadline for comments on that report is April 19. This was reported on previously in the IAJGS Records Alert. That report is found at:

To access the previous postings the right to be forgotten, Canada's Office of Privacy Commissioner  Draft report  see the IAJGS Records Access Alert archives at: You must be registered to access the archives. To register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert go to:  You will receive an email response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be finalized. It is required to include your organization affiliation (genealogy organization, etc.)

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


How Guinness trademarked the symbol of the harp before Irish government 

The wit and wisdom of the Irish for Plan Your Epitaph Day 

Celebrating Henry Ford's strong Irish roots on the anniversary of his death 

Patrick Dooley died on the Titanic, he'd visited his dying father in Ireland 

Kerry woman celebrates 90th birthday with her 19 children 

Family famine stories sought as Famine Voices Roadshow begins tour of US and Canada 

Fancy thief downed $1,200 Irish whiskey shot and skipped out on the bill 

Traveling in Ireland you're never alone 

Irish singers O’Neill Sisters go viral on Facebook with 1.8 million views 

11 places in Ireland you have to visit 

Roma Downey's best-selling book Box of Butterflies flies 

10,000-year-old settlement found in Cork 

A glimpse inside Ireland’s historic ghost villages (PHOTOS) 

Boston Marathon hero couple cross line one week early 

Ten-year-old Irish dance World Champion follows in Lord of the Dance father’s footsteps 

Iconic 1990s Tourism Ireland ad featuring The Cranberries track rereleased for 25th album anniversary 

a treat or two...

FOOD&WINE - The perfect roast housekeeper’s cut  

FOOD&WINE - Colcannon soup recipe 


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Australian Roots and Spreading Branches

Oxfordshire Finds, New Books & Other News - Genealogy Notes 1-7 Apr 2018 Shauna Hicks

 * Ethics, Etiquette and Old Family Letters       The Family Curator

 *  [Dictionary of Sydney] Australia’s First Bank Robbery

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     Resurrection  The Irish Aesthete

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That Moment in Time

wrong names/wedding, Dublin dead heart, seed libraries, secret soviet film, Leicestershire burials, workhouse records, dead baby used as spy cover, FREE access Civil War collection, haunting family history, New Brunswick-Canada  opens adoption records, Irish pubs lock ins, refurbished Quiet Man station, female convicts transfers, leprechaun bones, Fair Use & Terms of Use, numerous additions to Irish Graves… many counties covered, genealogy blunders, Easter miracle for 3 year old, cemetery for sale, migrant’s take on settling in a new country, PRONI Canadian usage, Secrets of New York City, new hub for family history, 
dealing with death in new ways, where’s me granny?, 

Headlines of Old

“Devastating, Delirious And Delicious....Stories of Old”.. 
Trove Tuesday, 10th April, 2018, 1803-1808, executions, convictions, numerous names incl. Gannan, Simpson, Macdermot, Rev. Samuel Marsden, Keeling, Fulton, Hayland, Catherine Eyes, Mary Caunaughty, Mary Bryant, extreme sentences, Hawkesbury, Parramatta, Duck River Bridge, Green Hills, 

As They Were

Last Clare Roots Society meeting of the Season, 19th April 2018 8pm Old Ground Hotel,  Brian McMahon, the pioneering Shannon Scheme of the 1920s/30s and later in the 1940s to 1960s with the Rural Electrification Scheme. 


  1. Thanks for including me and for gathering all this information! I gained a lot from reading about archiving family letters and envelopes, and the Digital Public Library!

  2. You're welcome... I learn a lot from your blogs, so happy to incude them.


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