Friday, April 20, 2018

FRIDAY FOSSICKING 20th April, 2018



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


A feast for your eyes......

Snowy Night, Boulder, Colorado        Summer Forest, Bulgaria  

Treehouse, Kilmarnock, Scotland
Skadarlija street in Belgrade, Serbia               wunderlusttwins           

Episode 9: David Ryan - Tracing your Cork Ancestors     Raidió Corca Baiscinn

Worst passwords you should never use

Netherlands opens world's first plastic-free supermarket aisle as UK urged to follow example | The Independent

Reviving Mill & Churchquarter graveyard, Grange, Co. Waterford | Historic Graves Blog

Hollywood history on display in grand Canberra home housing hundreds of movie posters - ABC News

'Very angry badger' invades Scotland's 16th-century Craignethan Castle - ABC News

#OTD in 1941 – 15/16: In the Belfast Blitz, two-hundred bombers of the German Luftwaffe attacked Belfast, killing one thousand people.      Stair na hÉireann

A Summerside resident found her family tree was full of surprise fruit       The Journal Pioneer

Heritage Walk: Edendale Environs – May 5th, 2pm   elthamhistory

Colm Flynn - St. Ethel Normoyle was spat at, threatened, arrested,...

FREE interactive Family Tree Charts from Family History Daily

Allstate giving out free disaster preparedness kits

Limerick historian honoured with 'Heritage Hero' award - Limerick Leader

Larry Brennan, Clare Roots Society, honoured with award

Part 3: What some land records may contain  Qld State Archives

Georgia O’Keeffe  Sunday Evening Art Gallery by Claudia

Here are five reasons this beautiful island is a must-see. »  Ireland

Victorian Community History Awards 2018 Now Open Alona Tester

Long-lost sisters reunited at South Windsor after 72 years | Hawkesbury Gazette

Italian anthropologists unearth skeleton of man who used knife as prosthetic limb after arm amputated   ABC News

Cemetery Registers - City of London

Australia's first film studio | The Salvation Army

Ireland Newsletter  

Sadhbh, Cursed by a Dark Druid          

The Spirit Horse by T. Crofton Croker

21 Funny Quotes About Ireland!          Tom Crean - Explorer

Lots of great stories in Ireland Newsletter.. you can subscribe directly  click here

Atlas Obscura

Rhubarb's Sick Beats        Pigeon Portraits          Grave of Ida Lewis       

Glowing Birds

Bird Palaces           Ethiopia's Manuscripts  Explore the Galápagos

Gateway to Heaven       Floating Enchantment        

Fantastical Feasts      Uncover NYC's Secrets

Musical Language     Cookie Tin Finds       Winter Garden Theatre     

Very Cold Attraction        Bougainvillea Oasis

Amish Funeral Pie             The Spruce Goose       

Overlooked Soviet-Era Industrial Design            Rose Test Garden

Explore Hidden Berlin     Hababah Water Cistern    

Gwalia Ghost Town          Dressing Mannequins

Find My Past

New South Wales, Deceased Estate Files 1880-1923

Waterford Registers & Records

New Jersey Death Index 1901-1903 Image Browse

New Jersey Marriage Index 1901-1914 Image Browse

Surrey Feet of Fines 1558-1760

Cornwall Burials

Old Family Photographs

Deciphering old military photographs

Historical newspapers

Crime, Prisons & Punishment Collection

Travel and migration resources

Using photographs for genealogy

Find a photo of your ancestor

Anglo-Celtic Connections

Forthcoming: Referencing for Genealogists: Sources and Citation

FreeBMD April Update           Book Review: Children's Homes

Remittance Men           Titanic Anniversary         Britain from Above

I Love Bello Shire

Bellingen ANZAC parade to be led by women

Grassroots Writers Weekend            What's On Calendar 


Archaeologists Used Drones to Find New Ancient Drawings in Peru 

Writing in the Public Eye, These Women Brought the 20th Century Into Focus

Science Still Bears the Fingerprints of Colonialism 

Rare Case of ‘Coffin Birth’ Seen in Medieval Grave

More than 150 Years Later, Canada Exonerates Six Indigenous Chiefs Hanged in 1864

1924 Film That Anticipates the Holocaust Found and Restored

As Mongolia Melts, Looters Close In On Priceless Artifacts

Outback Family History

The Unknown Swagman – a verse

Edmund MANNERS – grave tales

Whats in a Name – The Moonta Turks

The Dismal Traders:-

Charles Cutbush – people profile

Picture Perfect – T F MacKay Studios

The First Coolgardie Marriages


The issue of the right to be forgotten has been a frequent issue discussed on the IAJGS Records Access Alert. The concept is one that all genealogists should be following as it is in essence "erasing history" and thereby removing links to  articles of genealogical value to our family history research.  It started to get its worldwide notoriety in European Union by its May 2014 Court of Justice landmark case against Google when  the Court opined that individuals had the right to request search engines—not the original sources-- to remove links to articles which were "inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant or excessive" and  for the search engine to determine whether there is a public interest remaining available in search results. 

As reported previously in the IAJGS Records Access Alert, Google, Inc. was  facing the first battle in England's High Court over the "right to be forgotten".  There are two unrelated cases that the plaintiffs wanted Google to remove links to information about their old convictions. Both men, who wish to remain anonymous, describe themselves as businessmen and state businesses such as financial institutions are refusing to deal with them when they read the older articles found on Google searches.  The High Court found on April 12 in one case for Google and for the other against Google-requiring Google to remove search results about a criminal conviction.  This is a landmark "right to be forgotten" case with major repercussions.

For anonymity reasons the claimant who lost, and Google does not have to remove the links to his conviction, NT1- was convicted of conspiracy to account falsely in the late 1990s and was jailed for four years. An appeal on this case was granted.  The judge said NT1 continued to mislead the public, and never accepted his guilt.

Claimant NT2 who won, and Google is required to remove the links to his conviction, was convicted more than 10 years ago of conspiracy to intercept communications.  NT2 was jailed for 6 months. The judge said NT2 showed remorse for his actions. Further the judge said ," NT2’s conviction did not concern actions taken by him in relation to “consumers, customers or investors”, but rather in relation to the invasion of privacy of third parties." Judge Warby said, “The crime and punishment information has become out of date, irrelevant and of no sufficient legitimate interest to users,”  He did not, however, order Google to pay any financial damages to NT2.

Lawyers said their claims, which were brought under data protection law and for “misuse of private information”, were the first of their kind to be aired in England.

Google said, “We work hard to comply with the Right to be Forgotten, but we take great care not to remove search results that are in the public interest and will defend the public’s right to access lawful information.”

According to Bloomberg News, the decision follows last month’s ruling by a French court about a former chief financial officer whose job prospects were hampered by stories about a fine for civil insider-trading violations. " The judges said the right to privacy should prevail after laying down a series of benchmarks including impact on work and family life that dictated whether results should be easily available. The ruling pointed out that this father-of-four didn’t profit financially from the violations and was at risk of losing his job again unless the articles were brought down in search results with his name."

This decision will have implications for other convicted criminals who want the links to stories about their convictions removed.  Criminal convictions are in the public interest and one can only wonder what next will be determined to be removed even in the public interest.

Different courts in the EU countries may rule differently on various cases regarding the right to be forgotten.

With the recent Facebook- Cambridge Analytica scandal there is increased discussions about strengthening privacy rules which may result in the right to be forgotten expanding to geographic areas not already covered by such a ruling.

Thank you to Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist, for sharing the news article on the UK with us.


According to the Pew Research Center the US  2020 census will asks about same-sex marriages for the first time.  The census will ask seven data questions: age, sex, Hispanic origin, race, relationship status, homeownership status (own or rent) and citizenship.  There will be new categories for "opposite-sex" and "same-sex" spouses and unmarried partners. This is being done to try to prevent misreporting.

Previously, the Census Bureau used to count same-sex couples by using answers to two questions—one about the respondent's sex and another about how each person in the household is related to the person who filled out the questionnaire. There were multiple categories but for this purpose “husband or wife,” “unmarried partner” were the only ones available. However, the Census Bureau found the majority of same-sex married couples in the 2010 US census and 2010 American Community Survey were recorded as opposite-sex couples in Social Security files.

There are 16 categories as possible answers for the relationship question, of which four categories are :
opposite- and same-sex spouses and opposite- and same-sex unmarried partners.

Other changes to the census also include the controversial "immigration" question which is being litigated by a number of states and cities, as well and dropping after 100 years the category of "roomer and boarder" and bringing back "foster child".

While originally planned to combine two questions regarding race and Hispanic  the Office of management and Budget did not act on the suggested changes, therefore no change will be made. What will be used is the 2010 method of asking if someone is Hispanic or not, and then asking the person's racial category.

For the first time White and Black respondents will be asked their national originals—doesn't provide for multiple ethnicities.  The word "Negro" will be dropped and the category will be Black or African-American.

To read the Pew Research Center release go to:

Thank you to David Rencher, Chief Genealogist, FamilySearch for sharing the article mentioning the Pew Study.

The IAJGS Records Access Alert first mentioned the proposed ballot initiative on consumer privacy last September. If the required number of signatures are gathered the California Consumer Right to Privacy Act (CRPA) of 2018 would be on the November 6, 2018 ballot. With the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becoming effective on May 25—only 5 weeks away—-and  the recent increased attention to Internet consumer privacy—Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal- may influence the signature gathering drive for this initiative and voting on it later in the year.

California requires 5% of signatures of votes cast in the preceding gubernatorial election. In this case, about 365,880 valid signatures are required. Verification is due by June 28. Signatures need to be certified at least 131 days before the general election. ballot. If a majority of Californians vote in favor of the CRPA Measure, the measure would become state law — having the same legal effect as if it had been passed by the state legislature and signed by the governor.

Provisions of the proposed initiative include permitting consumers  to sue businesses for security breaches of consumer's personal information and will apply to every company that uses data from residents of California. The proposed initiative gives the consumer the right to learn categories of personal information that businesses collect, sell or disclose about them, and the right to prevent businesses from selling or disclosing their personal information. The definition of personal information is expansive. In addition to name and address, the definition includes: (1) biometric data; (2) internet activity (including interaction with webpages or ads); (3) purchase and consumption history; (4) geolocation data; (5)psychometric information; (6) professional or employment-related information; (7) IP address, and (8)inferences drawn about consumers from such data. Publicly available information and de-identified information is excluded. Biometric data is defined as: an individual's physiological, biological or behavioral characteristics, including an individual's DNA, that can be used, singly or in combination with each other or with other identifying data to establish individual identity. This would affect genealogical DNA tests, the new iris, retina, facial recognition and voice prints identifications in addition to the standard finger prints. Section 1798.106 definitions (a) biometric data) of the proposed initiative.

BallotPedia states funding for the measure is from one San Francisco  real estate developer and there is lists the companies who are funding the campaign against the initiative. See:

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has announced Co-Lab their tool to collaborate on historical records. This is a crowd-sourcing project where we, the public can transcribe, add keywords, image tags, translate contend from an image or document and  add descriptions to digitized images.

LAC has launched "challenges" which are content put together under a theme—where we the public are "challenged" to transcribe, etc. a particular project.

To learn more about Co-Lab and how you can participate see: 


Scientists finally uncover mystery of how Giant's Causeway was formed  

Guinness may help stop hearing loss 

Is this the most beautiful walk in Ireland? 

Hero Irish police officers save life of newborn baby who “had turned blue” 

Storms uncover 7,500-year-old ‘drowned forest’ off Galway 

Best Samuel Beckett quotes on his anniversary 

Banished Irish priest pleas for sanctions to be lifted before Pope Francis’ visit 

Top sites in Ireland where history comes alive 

Chilling photograph of iceberg that sank the Titanic 

Irish Titanic hero Mary Kelly who saved the lives of the "Titanic Waifs" 

The one reason why this Titanic passenger survived 

The fool-proof guide to recognizing different Irish accents (VIDEO) 

Truth about fairies and leprechauns 

Ireland’s top seaside towns and villages 

Ireland’s forgotten famine of 1925 – Irish government covered up calamity 

Road trip around Ireland will make you start planning your next vacation (VIDEO) 

How did an Irishwoman survive being run over by three NYC subway trains? 

The forgotten righteous Jew who saved thousands of Irish lives during the famine 

Niall Horan to collaborate with top orchestra in new Irish recording 

American tourists witnessed ruthless 1880s Irish tenant farmer evictions 

Irish Tatler - Art influencing fashion: what you need to know 

Unpublished photograph of young Oscar Wilde found 

and a little something nice ...

Pear bread and butter pudding recipe  

Irish Tatler - 5 ways to go vegan 

FOOD&WINE - Irish cheese flatbread recipe 


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That Moment in Time

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Headlines of Old

The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser,  then and now, John Oxley, market prices, executions, Wesleyan Sunday School, New Holland's Gin, Bengal Rum, Port Macquarie penal settlement, Lusitania, Calcutta, England, Port Dalrymple

As They Were

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