Friday, May 25, 2018




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


Queen Elizabeth II’s groundbreaking trip to Ireland celebrates 7th anniversary today  

Ingenious inventions designed for Irish pubs that just never caught on 

Into the west of Ireland - the Wild Atlantic Way story 

How to plan an unforgettable family trip to Ireland 

Nine things I noticed on this trip to Ireland 

Most famous Irish royal couples of all time 

Ireland told this Irish American woman she had to carry her dying fetus to term 

Belfast city's top ten tourist attractions 

Strange births and long lives, seriously weird Irish facts 

American mom fighting for Irish citizenship says red tape is tearing her family apart 

Discover your family history in Ireland at the Genealogy Event  

The most beautiful castles in Ireland 

Mary Black songs to celebrate this national treasure's birthday 

What to do when you touch down in Ireland 

Liam Neeson joins Chris Hemsworth in “Men in Black” spin-off movie 

Montreal’s annual march to commemorate 6,000 victims of the Great Famine 

The best beaches of the Dingle Peninsula (PHOTOS) 

'Bollocks!' Wordsmith explains the origin of the popular Irish expletive 

Live among megalithic passage tombs and caves in this charming hilltop cottage 

and a little something to please the soul...

FOOD&WINE's most popular dessert recipes 


The Kiely Family Story: From New York to Kilmacthomas Workhouse and Back Again Damian Shiels

The Prickly Pear problem  Qld State Archives

Hobbit House, New Zealand  wunderlusttwins

Thousands of undelivered letters, some with 'heart-wrenching' stories, to be posted online - ABC News

Exhibition offers rare glimpse of early medieval Ireland  Irish Times

Major exhibition of Irish-language manuscripts in Trinity

Turning to a new page in Scottish Irish relations      Scottish Catholic Observer

Remains of Scottish soldiers are reburied in 17th century service in Durham - Chronicle Live

Snowglobes  Claudia

The Emergency – A Brief Overview  The Irish Story

I Love Bello Shire      Backchat: Seth Jordan

New Records on FamilySearch: Week of May 21, 2018  Family Search

Terrible treasure: 75 000 convict stories housed in a Hobart basement - Conversations - ABC Radio

Britain's Queen is direct descendant of Ireland's most famous High King Brian Boru – and Kate ... 

FREE    Hawkesbury Family History Group Forms

What the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Means to Genealogy Bloggers and Others Dick Eastman

The GDPR, you & me | The Legal Genealogist

Kieran Cronin, developmental librarian at the Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland, delivers The Telegram

Fears for children's safety over delays caused by lack of security at south Auckland courthouses   
New Zealand Herald

Pioneer Estate, Zillmere, 1920 (Map of the Week) | John Oxley Library (other Brisbane suburbs available)

This Clever Google Search Tactic Will Help You Find Your Ancestors on Any Genealogy Website Family History Daily

Inked Irishmen: Irish Tattoos in 1860s New York  irishacw

Greek settlement in Australia goes back further than you think | Neos Kosmos

Dictionary of Sydney has posted a new item, 'The Shaftesbury Reformatory in Vaucluse'
This week on 2SER Breakfast, Nicole Cama talked to Tess Connery about the Shaftesbury Reformatory on New South Head Road in Vaucluse that replaced the infamous Biloela Reformatory and Industrial School for Females on Cockatoo Island.
"After several reports were made in the 1870s on the inadequacy of Biloela, the girls’ reformatory on Cockatoo Island, the [...]"
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Cemetery moves disappoint  Shepparton News

Bunurong Memorial Park awarded Gold in Melbourne Design awards

Graveyard living: inside the 'cemetery slums' of Manila | Cities | The ...

Paris Cemeteries

Don't expect to be buried close to home, say church leaders  Telegraph UK

Family establishes on-farm cemetery | The Western Producer

Cemetery boost – Narrandera Argus

Long cemetery tussle reaches happy ending | Goulburn Post

Damaged graves of Puerto Rico |

See Ancient Egyptian Cemetery Recently Discovered

Genetic Genealogy, Book Review & Black Sheep Talks: Genealogy Notes 9-17 May 2018 Shauna Hicks

Shipwreck 'carrying billions worth of treasure' found after 300 years ABC news


Travel to Southern France for a Dazzling Taste of Ancient Rome

Canada Is Now Home to the World’s Largest Stretch of Protected Boreal Forests

One of These Five Innovative Memorials Will Soon Honor Native American Veterans

Beneath Indianapolis' Bustling City Market Lies a Forgotten Underground Expanse

India's Abandoned Island of Colonial Horror

Peru's Rainbow Mountain Could Be in Danger Following Surge in Popularity

Oaxaca's Pre-Hispanic Monte Albán Ruins to Be Restored

A few interesting royal items

Instrument of Consent | The Royal Family

Announcing a royal birth | The National Archives blog

Everyone loves a royal wedding - Medieval manuscripts blog

Royal weddings at Windsor Castle - Untold lives blog

St George's Chapel: history of a royal wedding venue | The National Archives blog

The Royal Hand Prick     Atlas Obscura   

Royal Rods  Atlas Obscura

Cathy Dunn's Newsletter May 2018... a few excerpts

Joseph Chipman, Convict, Coromandel 1802 – Catherine Burn, Convict, Nile 1801

Mary English, Convict Hercules 1802

Norfolk Island Land

James Hannaway, child, Lady Juliana 1790 


Outback Family History

Red Flannel Joe- pioneer profile   A mothers despair – grave tales

Kunanalling or the 25 Mile: ghost towns   

Atlas Obscura

The Mysteries of Antarctica’s Dark Winter      

Bioluminescent Tunnel       

Ice Cream Potato  The Diet of a Ninja         'Unemployed' Pudding

Real Secret Gardens         Elevated Stay   Lonely Pay Phone         

Whistle While You Hack    Very Hard Pillows   Stolen Artifacts

The Violins With Human-Like Voices   Magical Space


Canadian Veterans Death Cards: First World War

16% of Canada's physical artefacts and records converted to digital

Top Selling Genealogy Books on Kindle

Library and Archives Canada Access to Information Request Response January - March 2018

Leicestershire Police seek relatives of their Great War (1914–1918) dead 

Find My Past

SEARCH 1939 REGISTER »           1939 EXPLAINED »

UK deaths 2007-2016        

British in India, Directories 1792-1948 Browse

Queensland, Trustee files 1889-1929      

United States Obituary Notices

British Newspapers


Privacy laws lead to shut downs...

The IAJGS Records Access Alert has written about the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) numerous times—including how in the Netherlands they are removing certain genealogically-relevant documents from their website due to the GDPR. The GDPR becomes effective May 25, 2018

In DNAeXplained-Genetic Genealogy by Roberta Estes she reports that several genealogical firms are also closing down due to the privacy provisions of and compliance with the GDPR: 

World Famous Network a Y-DNA project is shutting down on May 23rd –two days before the GDPR becomes effective. Ms. Estes says the hosted projects will revert their project pages at FamilyTree DNA but the data that does not come from FamilyTree DNA may be blank.

Y-Search and Mitosearch will close by end of May according to their Forum said a FamilyTree DNA representative. These were databases  where one could match actual marker values. While not saying these two are closing due to GDPR, the timing is at least "curious".

To read the posting see:

To read the previous IAJGS Records Access Alert postings about  the European Union's GDPR, privacy issues , and more go to: You must be registered to access the archives.  To register go to: 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

The IAJGS Records Access Alert previously posted about the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) of US Department of Commerce which administers the three-year old program regarding access to the Death Master File (DMF) whose commercial name is the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) will increase the volume of death files for those who are certified to receive the DMF. The numbers in the below chart reference additional numbers of files added to your usual weekly/monthly updates.  
This is the schedule for increased volume of death data in the files:

Run Date
low 1,000,000

As I posted previously, the initial three-year embargo for SSA death record information records for those not certified for immediate access by the Department of Commerce expired this Spring, therefore, we are interested in learning how those not certified may access those records now coming out of the three-year embargo period. When the above message was sent to IAJGS we again inquired of the NTIS how individuals may access the DMF records that are out of the embargo period. Does the individual access them from the Social Security Administration or through NTIS. Unfortunately, the answer has not changed from our previous inquiry: "We have not been able to work out how to make the older than 3-year data available on its own.  No one will take on the liability."  While the records are being transferred it appears the individual researcher is still not able to access the records.

To repeat from the previous posting when the increase in files was first mentioned:
“As you may recall per our prior communications, for the last few years, SSA has been actively engaged in an initiative to improve our death data.  As a part of this initiative, in fiscal year 2018, SSA will add over 8 million death records to the full and publicly available Death Master File (DMF) over the course of several months.  These records are deaths currently maintained in our records that we determined should be included in the DMF.  This effort to update the DMF with these records may result in an increase to the volume of the death reports that you receive.  Additionally, these historical records may reflect a higher volume of zeroes in the date of death field.  This generally occurs on older records because SSA’s prior death reporting process did not require a valid date of death.   As a result, the zeroes could have been present in the death information SSA received.  The zeroes also could have been used to indicate information that was missing in the death report or, in the case of paper records, was simply illegible when we keyed them into our electronic database. Sharing these deaths will increase the accuracy, integrity, and completeness of our records as well as the DMF.” 


Section 203 the Bi-Partisan Budget Act signed into law December 26, 2013 mandated the Secretary of Commerce to promulgate regulations regarding access to the DMF within 90 days of the bill being signed into law. There were several proposed regulations that the genealogical community, including IAJGS, the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) and others responded with concerns that the regulations for certification to access the DMF were not applicable to individuals, due to restrictive practices geared for commercial  offices and excessive fees but only to large firms. Unfortunately, the regulations were not changed and genealogists were essentially left out of accessing the DMF for the initial three years.

With the European Union' General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becoming effective in four days—May 25th I am certain we are all receiving emails from various sites/blogs/newsletters we subscribe to asking us to affirm our desire to remain on the mailing list due to the impending GDPR—even if we are not physically located in the EU. That is because there are other subscribers who are in the EU and the owner of the site/blog/newsletter is doing a global request. We have also learned of some archival documents being removed from the websites due to GDPR—See the IAJGS Records Access Alert posting on the Netherlands Archives removing family cards collection 1920-1940 due to personal information contained on the cards. Last week we learned that several genealogy sites are closing down due to GDPR: World Famous Network, Y-Search and Mitosearch.  

The right to be forgotten or delinking urls are not something that those of us in the United States have had to live with—at least not yet. The delinking is a provision of the GDPR and some other countries.  We now have learned that Google does deindex some webpages in four categories—three we were aware of, but the forth is a new addition thanks to the US Food and Drug Administration.  Google does not "easily" deindex or delink as we have seen them argue this in litigation in Canada and the European Union as well as other countries.

An article by Eugene Volokh, a law professor at UCLA, and who writes the blog, The Volokh Conspiracy, has written in his blog "Google Now Deindexing Some Web Pages Based on FDA's Administrative Agency Findings" explains the new fourth category. 

Professor Volokh first explains the three categories that Google has deindexed at a person's request:

1. Legal obligation –mostly copyright, "if a person claims to own a copyrighted work that the site allegedly infringes upon".

2. Confidential personally identifying information (such as one's Social Security Number, bank account or credit card number)  or revenge porn. This is a voluntary delinking on Google's behalf, not due a legal requirement.

3.Court orders addressed to third parties such as libel cases. While Google does not generally have a legal obligation to deindex this material it considers taking it down upon receipt of court orders.  This may change due to the Yelp case in California where a local judge told Yelp to take down something one of its posters placed on the platform and who declined to remove the defamatory posting.  Depending on the outcome of this case, it might change what platforms such as Google, Yelp etc. might be required to do. 

4. The new category explained by Professor Volokh is:  administrative agency findings that sites illegally distribute material that risks physical harm to consumers. Currently, this includes warning letters from the Food and Drug Administration to off-shore pharmacies that are illegally selling prescription drugs to the United States. This is a "narrow" policy as Professor Volokh was he told by a Google representative where they are "protecting the consumer's physical safety from harm by products they might consumer".  The deindexing  is a voluntary action by Google.

Deindexing does exist in the United States, but it is not the right to be forgotten as practiced in other countries.

In March 2018 the IAJGS Records Access Alert posted about the announcement by the National Archives of Australia reducing staff by 40 jobs in two years due to budgetary pressures. At the time it was announced that the goal was reach a staff of 320 persons by 2019-2020.

On May 23 the director, David Fricker, said the National Archives will lose another 10 staff this year after staff cuts in 2017-2018 fiscal year. Budget documents indicate that staff will drop to 355 this year. In the 2013-2014 budget year the Archives had 429 staff. The 355 is still below the target of 320 by 2019-2020.

Meanwhile the Archives receives more applications from researchers to access records.   The reduced staffing results in reduced capacity to provide access to records and capacity to transfer records in,

The Archives will try reducing the backlog of applications by improving IT growing productivity.

To search the National Archives see:

To read the article see:

Thank you to Dick Eastman for informing us about the recent reduction of 10 staff.


Wurundjeri Rings  Historical Ratbags

Jane and Bridget Mason - still elusive  Clogs and Clippers

Rediscovering Mount Vic Flicks  Pauline Connolly

#OTD in 1798 – United Irish Rebellion begins in Wexford and in Leinster.  Stair na hÉireann

Father of 26; Benjamin Pollard     M.D. Friend County of King

On the Orders of the King  The Irish Aesthete

New Release Book Review: The Yellow House by Emily O’Grady Theresa Smith writes *

Living History at Belgenny   Camden History Notes

* I have this book on top of my 'to read' pile... looking forward to reading it.

and from my blogs...

That Moment in Time

Friday Fossicking May 18, 2018, women in Ireland, Peloponnese: the castles of Methane & Koroni, cemetery pilgrimages, data protection for all, Liam Neason/Seamus Heaney, ceiling fans & eavesdropping, Special diet of Knights of the Templar, ancient animations, Bellingen Readers & Writers festival, abbreviations in genealogy, Kew Cemetery, 15 secrets of genealogists, Tracing Limerick Ancestors, collecting emigrant stories, 

As They Were

Additions to CONTRIBUTIONS  thanks to Paul O’Brien, Eve Garcia, Declan Barron

Headlines of Old

Love a good mystery?
Louisa Collins - A Tale Of Horror.., suspicious deaths, two, or three husbands?, what happened to the 5 month old baby,  Charles Andrews, Michael John Collins, the horrors of Darlinghurst Gaol, execution?, TROVE TUESDAY 21ST MAY, 2018,
This is a long post, keep scrolling down.. and as always, feel free to share…

Irish Graves

Lyndhurst Cemetery, regional NSW thanks to Wayne Birmingham

Friday, May 18, 2018




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


Being a woman in Ireland in 2018  The Silver Voice ... a must read

family that goes back 100 years -- see the British monarchy's full family tree | Business Insider

The Empire Called and I Answered: Female Relatives Badges

Jimmy Two Times' home catered for all religions | Northern Star Samantha Elley

Maine man learns truth of his past: Nuns stole him as a baby from his mother in Ireland - Portland Press Herald

Genealogy and the Golden State serial killer – John Grenham – Irish Roots

Outback Family History 

Atlas Obscura 

Office Highway a must see! 

Anglo-Celtic Connections


Find My Past

Ireland Newsletter

records-access alerts

Do take a few moments to read.. this explains why you are getting all those privacy law emails.

The issue of data protection and right to be forgotten legislation has spread globally. The EU's  Justice Commissioner Vera Jourvana said the recent Facebook- Cambridge Analytica scandal has been "a campaign" for the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in a way she could not have done.  See:

The New York Times has an opinion piece on the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation which becomes effective on May 25, 2018. The GDPR not only codifies the right to be forgotten it gives the consumer greater control over their data, makes the data processor take responsibility for its protection. Europeans will have the right to data portability—moving their data from one company including social media network to another, and citizens' data may not be held outside of the EU and more.  The law is not easy to understand and to have the EU adopt the GDPR it took over 4,000 amendments and three years of negotiations.  To read the NY Times opinion piece see:

Interestingly, some of the data that is being affected is not what we would think. Poland became the world's first to put banking records on the block chain. This provides compliance with right to be forgotten. See:

The European Union is not the only country(countries) that are looking at what controls on data they should adopt.  Recently, in Australia their Senate passed a motion asking the government to "consider the impact of Australia's insufficient and out-dated privacy laws on all Australians…".  The Senate agreed GDPR should be regarded as the global best practice for standards in data privacy law and Australia should use it as a model for its own laws.  See

The Australian recently published an article, "Australia need to do more on data protection". Australia has had a number of data breaches and enacted the Notifiable Data Breach and in the first six weeks more than 63 data breaches were reported. The article argues that Australia may not have gone far enough to protect personal data compared to the EU's GDPR. The article also says consumers are demanding the right to be forgotten.

In another The Australian article it discusses what Australia might benefit from the GDPR including, opting in by users for third party access; tighter controls on information storage; one-click enable/disable function for users to enforce control. See: 

As a result of the GDPR businesses may have a problem knowing what  information they may make the consumer divulge to the companies such as Google, Facebook and more.  Facebook has included in their company's terms and conditions, " if you don't accept these you can't continue to use Facebook". Many of us have received over the past week notices from a variety of companies saying they have updated their data protection as a result of the GDPR requirements. As a result companies, not only Facebook say if users remove their consent to collecting data, including web-browsing or location data, they may not have access to all or any of their services. See Wall Street Journal article:

In the United States we are seeing legislation addressing increased data protection in the United States Congress ( S 2639) and in states we are seeing legislation to increase security of consumers data California AB 2182.

To read the previous IAJGS Records Access Alert postings about  the European Union's GDPR, right to be forgotten, Australian  privacy issues, US privacy legislation and more 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

If you've read the above notice all the way through, are you finding it any clearer? All this can be both confronting and confusing, and is certainly open for discussion.

What does it all mean for family historians .. I can only comment as a layperson. I have no more knowledge than anyone else is gathering from the media. What I am seeing is an inbox full of messages such as 'we respect your privacy', 'what we do with the data we collect from you' and similar phrases.  You will be asked to give your consent to continue receiving emails, offers, discounts, using information from particular sites, registrations for various organisations and associations, deals with companies, and so forth. 

It can seem 'over the top', but all we can do just now is to decide on each individual case that presents, as to whether we wish to continue receiving communications, whether we are happy to be on mailing lists, whether we agree to having our details shared with third parties...or whatever terms and conditions are presented. Do read these messages - make your own decisions and either agree or not, stay or cancel.  You can always change your mind later, but it is up to you to be fully informed. We often complain that we have lost our's a chance to do something about it.



Sister Minnie Goldstein      Anne Young

Thinking Big  The Irish Aesthete

Down on the Farm  The Irish Aesthete

Down Memory Lane | The Legal Genealogist

Family Connections: #52Ancestors - Week 19 - Mothers Day

The wreck of the “Casino” | Anne's Family History

family tapestry Isabel Flynn

Is the record transcribed? Martin Roe Eidhammer

and from my blogs..

That Moment in Time

FREE Books, Greek embroidery, rent only graves, Qld Justices of the Peace records, Irish barbary apes, health reports-raw DNA,  Rum Rebellion, Aust. flying mail, gold strike Qld, dead sea scrolls-new imaging, sick & dying in every doorway, privacy laws changing re adoptions, 700.000 yr old butchered rhino, King Tut’s tomb, French Nazis in Sydney,  Welsh family research, artist’s quilts tribute African-American women, 100yr old US flag home, unearthing headstones,

As They Were

2018, Gathering of the McShane Clan, Hobart, Irish convicts, June, Pontville, Tasmania, 

Headlines of Old

Old Sydney + Devonshire Street Cemetery - Trove Tuesday 15 May 2018, Unhonoured dead, Hussey/Tipperary, early Sydney, Gooseberry Queen, demolishing Devonshire Street, Mrs. J.E. Foster,
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Irish Graves

Kalgoorlie, WA  thanks to Moya Sharp (Outback Family History)
Peak Hill Cemetery, Western Australia thanks to Moya Sharp and Joan Peters

Camden Catholic Cemetery regional NSW thanks to Kevin Banister

Carr Villa, Launceston, Tasmania thanks to Janine Wilson

Hopetoun Cemetery, Bacchus Marsh, Victoria  thanks to Xanthia Xtrail and Wayne Hill

Cascade, Iowa, USA,  from various counties in Ireland… thanks to John Mayer