Friday, June 29, 2018




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


Ancient Irish legends surrounding the beautiful Cliffs of Moher 

Anniversary of execution of 20 Irish Molly Maguires, biggest federal execution ever 

A New York Irish dancer’s journey battling anxiety and paying it forward 

How to find out if your ancestor was on the Mayflower 

Inside Ireland's most exciting tech, science, and arts fest 

When New York was Irish, in summers long ago 

The wild Irish countryside is just breathtaking 

Irish farmer relies on a llama to protect his sheep 

Irish firefighters meet baby Cooper - newborn they helped mum deliver in back of Mini Cooper 

New Zealand prime minister chooses unusual Irish name for her child 

Longford expected to be the hottest place in Europe this week as temperatures reach 86 degrees 

Northern Ireland’s oldest woman dies 

and just for you...

FOOD&WINE: Best Irish alfresco dining experiences 


IrishGenealogyNews: Yet more free Church of Ireland Gazette editions online  Claire Santry

“Ruskeala gap caves, Karelia / Russia .”  wunderlusttwins

Liam Neeson's selfless act proves he's the ultimate gentleman 

FREE downloads from the (other) National Archives – John Grenham – Irish Roots

Genealogy Institutes vs. Online Learning   The Family Curator

ABC News:The true cost of your empty wallet 

Stone Forest Path, Ontario, Wisconsin wunderlusttwins

It’s not for us to choose The Legal Genealogist

Council secures grants for three Hawkesbury heritage projects | Hawkesbury Gazette

#OTD in 1850 – Horatio Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum; soldier and statesman, is born in Ballylongford, Co Kerry. Stair na hÉireann

I’m still here  Martin Roe Eidhammer

I Love Bello Shire      The beat lives on in Bello

How Kamau Bell found his family's history (and a few 'cousin-uncles') - CNN

They spoke out against immigrants. So she unearthed their own immigrant ancestors - CNN

Tracing His Roots, Georgetown Employee Learns University Sold His Ancestor - The New York Times    helps family of dead boy find man posing as him

Kiss Me, I’m Pretty Sure I’m Irish - The New York Times

connamara ponies on the burren by Sterling Lanier - Photo 200808615 / 500px

Lake Eyre from space: From 705 km above Earth, you get a spectacular view of central Australia - ABC News 

Useful websites for family historians    State Library Qld

Lyme Disease: Charity boss's battle with controversial disease spread by ticks that could affect 50,000 Australians

Alaska Airlines: Young passenger looks after deaf and blind stranger

Have Irish surnames stopped changing? – John Grenham – Irish Roots

 Make your guitar entry sing   Riverine Herald

 Every Picture Tells a Story: Searching for Harry’s  Maureen Taylor

 Sunday Evening Art Gallery on Thursday — Turquoise  Claudia

“He Went Home to Ireland to Die”: Hearing the Voices of 19th Century Roscommon Emigrants     irishacw

 Millions of South Australian Records Added to FamilySearch Alona Tester

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Explore Ancestry Stories           Cool new finds     Photos make your story more complete

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U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701‑1970

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Scotland, Fife Death Index, 1549-1877

Canada Obituary Notices

Wiltshire Social & Institutional Records 1123-1968     Wiltshire Burials Index 1538-1990

Wiltshire Baptisms Index 1530-1917            Wiltshire Marriages Index 1538-1933

Search British In India Collection   Video         British India Office life events

An Introduction »         How to search

National Burial Index for England & Wales parish list thanks to Judy Webster for sharing

Outback Family History

Death at Dingo Creek:-          The Underground Miner – a verse  The Badock Family story:-

Books about:- Kambalda, Red Hill, Lake Lefroy  Who was George Dainty ???   

and now for the big announcement... BOULDER CEMETERY index is now online
Congratulations to Moya Sharp and Danelle Warnock

Robert Pickering True - a landmark in the wilderness - Outback Family History

Anglo-Celtic Connection

New and Forthcoming Re-issues from Pen and Sword

OGS issues call for conference 2019 presentation proposals

New: Arnprior Chronicle, 1885 - 1937 digitized

Sunday Sundries           Webinar: Lightroom or Photoshop? What should I use for my photo editing?

Research and Rootstech 2019     

YouTube: Maurice Gleeson on Using DNA to solve unknown parentage cases

Society of Genealogists supports Family Tree Live

Oxford Ancestors Revival

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What Did Gladiators Eat?        Mysterious Quilts Made by Soldiers     Fairytale Language

Unlimited Hot Pot Gone Wrong       Vanilla Island  Found: An Untouched 2,000-Year-Old City

Parachutes and Resistance    A Timeless Practical Joke      The Cod Wars

Counting Every Language in India      Iran's Pink Mosque  The History of America’s Favorite Cherry

A Desert Oasis in Libya       Sticker Giant       A Tale of Bridalwear

New York's Disappearing Magic History            A Very Unusual Statue      The Solar Egg

Pioneering Ice Cream Saloons    The Heritage of Pin Point     A Weekend in the Woolworth Building

Family History Daily

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On May 29, 2018 Reclaim the Records made a New Jersey Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request of the New Jersey Department of Health for a copy of the New Jersey death index from 1904-2017. They are anticipating a response by mid-end of June.  

The Reclaim the Records Facebook page was updated on June 19. As the posting states, Reclaim the Records was successful several years ago in requesting the New Jersey death index for 1901-1903 from the NJ Archives. The later death index is only available from the Department of Health not the archives, therefore, the OPRA request was made to the Department of Health. Updates will be posted on the aforementioned website. 

It's just past one month since the General Data Protection Regulation went into effect in the European Union.  These are some of the things that occurred as a result of the GDPR:

1. The cessation of some genealogical data bases from being on the Internet:

·         450,000 Records Removed From Online Access at Dutch Archives—such as the Tilburg Regional Archive online family cards collection dating from 1920-1940; other branches including Amsterdam, Alkmaar, Eemland and more have removed data from the Internet.
·         World Famous Network Y-DNA project ceased operation
·         Y-Search and Mitosearch projects of FamilyTree DNA were closed the end of May. While the announcement did not state they were closing due to the GDPR, the timing is at least "curious."

2. Major litigation against multinationals allegedly not following the GDPR- the litigation was filed within hours of the GDPR becoming effective by privacy advocates, especially Max Schrems and his firm None of Your Business.  According to Politico, in Austria there are 128 complaints and 500 questions; 50 data breach notifications- the same number that occurred previously in a span of  eight months.   In France complaints are up by over 50 percent compared to the same time period last year,  There are 29 cross-border cases under investigation.

3. Facebook and Google are two dominant multinationals which have been the focus of many lawsuits and investigations.  With the GDPR it appears their dominance is increasing especially in advertising as smaller publishers and advertisers may have problems meeting the new GDPR standards-exemplified by some companies pulling back from Europe.

This is quite a long post...
To read more see:


A Hazard of Early Tinned Food  Making Ancestors Interesting (Jenny Scammell)

Guy Laramee   Claudia

Henry Inifer            Australian Roots and Spreading Branches (Tracey Drake)

Of bone china… and bone dust  Judy. G. Russell

Anđelka Salečić: A New Australian - Love in a little black diary Judith Salecich    

52 Ancestors 52 Weeks: Week 26: Black Sheep | Walking The Genes  (Megan Walker)

family tapestry: #52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. Week 25: 'Same name'   (isabel Flynn)

Writing Memoir -Childhood Story | Tracking Down The Family  Jennifer Jones

One Lane, Route de Montagne, France wunderlusttwins

book reviews...

Theresa Smith

Book A Day: The Shifting Fog by Kate Morton  

New Release Book Review: The Last of the Bonegilla Girls by Victoria Purman

Book A Day: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver   

New Release Book Review: Hive by A.J. Betts

New Release Book Review: The Peacock Summer by Hannah Richell

Allen & Unwin

Eggshell Skull  Bri Lee              Missing in Action  Marianne Van Elzen

Am I Doing This Right?  Tanya Hennessy   On Leopard Rock Wilbur Smith

Leadership Secrets of the Australian Army       Brigadier NICHOLAS JANS (Ret'd), OAM

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The Nowhere Child by Christian White            Afternoons With Harvey Beam by Carrie Cox

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death doulas, treasure trove x grandad, Waverley Cem's burlesque star, find family on eBay, UK prisoners pics, US marriages,  Mayflower collection, many more Irish grave pics, cemetery indexes, registry of deeds, how to talk about suicide, restoring Glasgow’s tea rooms, DRAGON temple, Shanghai’s Jewish quarter, history of black Catholics in America, European Council- genealogists and bloggers should read,best websites for Limerick research, shipwrecks across Wild Atlantic Way, WW1 soldiers medical records Britain, Missing Friends, and a whole lot more…. please feel free to share…

Boulder Cemetery, great announcement, Moya Sharp, Danelle Warnock, Outback Family History,

Direct link to Boulder Cemetery Index

Irish Graves

St. John’s Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (A.C.T.) ..thanks to Lee-Ann & Rob Hamilton

Yass Cemetery, NSW regional.. thanks to Lee-Ann & Rob Hamilton

Bundaberg Catholic, Qld thanks to Catherine Murnane
Headlines of Old

FREE journey-circumnavigating Australia's Colonial History Prt 2., Broome Western Australia, not just pearls, records broken,TROVE TUESDAY 26th JUNE 2018, La Serena, longest telegraph line in the world?, WW2, 
Thank you for the great response to the issue on Rottnest Island. I hope you enjoy this, and those to come, every bit as much.

As They Were

New records for Co Westmeath, Castlepollard, Collinstown, Killua Churchyard, Castletown Geoghegan, Multyfarnham Churchyard,

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

BOULDER CEMETERY – A LONG TIME COMING...... thanks to Moya Sharp.

It is with great pleasure that I reproduce, with permission, my friend, Moya Sharp's very exciting post.. I can't repost all here, so I still urge you to go to the original site at 

Outback Family History Blog 

This is truly a great achievement by both Moya Sharp and Danelle Warnock.. Congratulations and THANK YOU.

Boulder Cemetery – a long time coming

Boulder Cemetery Entrance - photo Danelle Warnock
Boulder Cemetery Entrance – photo Danelle Warnock

This data has been compiled from several sources such as copies of the index of the Kalgoorlie/ Boulder Cemetery which were photocopied many years ago by the Goldfields Family History Soc members on behalf of WAGS (The Western Australia Genealogical Soc) who in turn were assisting AGCI (Australian Genealogy Computer Index). This information was then put on the ‘AGCI disk’ and made available for purchase, now out of production unfortunately. This was done by the ‘Society of Australian Genealogy.  It contains the burials from hundreds of cemeteries all over Australia along with other information.   The burial details for Coolgardie, Kalgoorlie, Boulder and many of the other smaller cemeteries in our area are also listed.  The disk can be found at some libraries and at WAGS and the Battye Library in Perth. When the AGCI disk was completed the photocopied cards were then returned to the Goldfields Family History Society which sadly closed its doors some ago. Additional information has been added by family members and from the newspapers.
    I would like to invite everyone to visit the Outback Family History page and look for their relative to make sure all the information is correct and let us know if any ommissions or corrections need to be made.
    Stage two:-  To upload the headstone photographs.

Friday, June 22, 2018




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


The Genealogy Radio Show – Episode 5 Series 2: Sean J Murphy

Trove Tuesday – Hornsby Cemetery

The “Fitzjames”, South Australia’s Floating Prison  Alona

The Doegen Records Web Project  Ireland    thanks to Paul O'Brien

Secret reminder of the forgotten fighting Logans – History Out There

How to talk about suicide  Anonymous

Will we see you there? Susie Zada  Geelong and District

Death doulas: Providing comfort for those nearing the end of their lives       New Zealand Herald

Sydney Daily Photo - The Emerald City

Grandad leaves behind treasure trove of 80,000 records, believed to be Australia's biggest collection - ABC News

Limerick Union Board of Guardians Minute Books, 1842-1922 |

200 year Anniversary Hornsby Shire Family History Group

#OTD in 1981 – Death of activist, writer and member of the Senate, Nora Connolly O’Brien, in Dublin. 1981 – Death of activist and writer, and member of the Senate, Nora Connolly O’Brien, in Dublin.        Stair na hÉireann

Dictionary of Sydney 'The Bogle-Chandler mystery'       'Waverley Cemetery’s burlesque star'

2018 alphabet soup: M is for       The Legal Genealogist

I Love Bello Shire    Bello Winter Music Ticket Giveaway

Closed Access      Geniaus

Australian Genealogy and History Snippets – June 2018  Alona Tester

Field Notes: WooCommerce Workshop for Women  Karen Arnold

Seven hard-won lessons from searching for my Irish ancestors    Irish Central

The Registry of Deeds  John Grenham

Cypress Gardens will be a 'vastly improved park       Daniel Island News

David Attenborough does it again! What  a stunning commercial from BBC ! 

2018 alphabet soup: N is for  Judy G. Russell why not subscribe? They are always great posts.

ThrowbackThursday: Greensborough Bypass Construction, 1986   elthamhistory

Finding Family on Ebay  Maureen Taylor podcast  YouTube    website

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> Victorian prisoners’ photograph albums 1872-1873 PCOM 2/290 and PCOM 2/291*

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> Suffrage 100: Sisters are doing it for themselves, 5 July, 14:00

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The Tree That Inspired 'Rock-a-Bye Baby'        Shanghai's Jewish Quarter

A Cold Warrior's Illustrated Calendar History        Caves Below a Pub

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A clock on the wall – Lindell Jewellers   A Goldfields Fantasy by Tony Bozich

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  European Council

Following copyright laws are very important for genealogists. There are different laws for different countries, and genealogists before they include any items in articles, online or in print should be familiar with the copyright that might cover those items.  The Legal Genealogist, Judy Russell, has blogged extensively about copyright and genealogists. See: and search copyright. 

The following proposal by the European Union Council addresses Internet/Online use of materials, including search engines which we all use.

The European Council, is charged with defining the European Union's (EU) overall political direction and priorities, and is the institution of the EU that comprises the heads of state or government of the member states, along with the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission. It has no formal legislative power, rather it is a strategic or crisis-solving body. (See:

On May 25, 2018, the same day the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became effective the EU Council approved a draft of the directive on adopting EU copyright rules to the digital environment. Now the president of the Council has to negotiate with the European Parliament comprised of  751 elected members by EU citizens, as Parliament will also have to vote on the draft rule and it has the authority to make changes to what is being proposed before it votes.

There are some differences between what the Council and the EU Commission proposed. The Commission is responsible for proposing legislation and implementing decisions had has 28members, one for each member country/state. The Council version is to create a new right for press publishers for online use of their publications lasting only one year instead of the 20 years proposed by the Commission. The Council also proposed copyright protection over "parts" of press publications. "insubstantial" parts of press publications would not be covered and they leave it to the member states to apply originality or size criterion or both criterial to determine what is " insubstantial". 

The proposal also addresses the :"value gap" the remuneration received by authors and the profits made by Internet platforms.  Service providers will have to obtain authorization from right holders. When no authorization has been given, for example because right holders do not want to conclude a license, the service provider will have to prevent the availability of the works identified by right holders. Otherwise, they will be considered to be liable for copyright infringement.

Some concerns that have been expressed are: tweeting a creative news headline would require paying the publisher whose newspaper created the headline would be an infringement of the proposed extra copyright for publishers. If someone shares a link with a social media service that automatically generated a preview picture or text snippet it would be subject to licensing if it goes to "press publication". When a search engine "searches" the read all websites using a robot to create a database of which and where they were found would be outlawed without licenses from the publishers—and that includes just storing the data even if it is not displayed. Most of us use search engines in our research- whether it be Google or Bing or Yahoo, they would all have to get licenses from ALL journalistic sites or delist them from their search results.

The "link tax" is even when publishers believe they benefit from being listed in news aggregators and search engines and having their content linked to social networks they must still demand to be paid for it-this may exclude smaller publishers.  Spain has this law already "Canon AEDE" and several smaller news aggregators shut down and small publishers saw the numbers of readers drop.  As a result of the Spanish law, Google removed Spanish publishers from Google News and closed Google News Spain. Visits to the AEDE news sites dropped 99%, from 1.7 million to 17,000. Other countries tried this and failed. But the former EU Digital Commissioner believes while Google can subdue individual countries they can’t do it for the entire EU bloc of 28 countries. See:
There are other concerns expressed by Julia Reda in her blog which can be read at:

To read the proposed draft Copyright rules see: Click on the language abbreviation such as EN for English whether you want it in html, doc or html. All of the EU supported languages are available from this link.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Reclaim the Records has won their third Freedom of Information lawsuit—this time against the New York City Clerk's Office for 1.5 million New York City License Indexes for the time period 1996-2017. Not only did they prevail in the lawsuit for the indexes, they also won their attorney fees.

Their fight with the New York City Clerk's Office took nine months for Reclaim the Records to get the public copy of the 1996-2017 New York City marriage license index.  The index is 1.5 million records equaling about 3.1 million names. This is a continuation of the 1908-1929 and 1930-1935 data sets won in previous lawsuits against the New York City Municipal Archives and the New York City Clerk's Office respectively. (See IAJGS Records Access Alert for January 12, 2018 for background). You can read the saga of the litigation on the Reclaim the Records website at:

To search the data from 1950-2017  go to: No database exists (yet) for pre-1950 licenses, but the original handwritten ledgers were microfilmed. The 1908-1929 index microfilms were recently digitized and put online. The 1930-1972 index microfilms were uploaded to the Internet Archive in early 2017. Both of these earlier datasets were also made available after successful litigation by Reclaim the Records. 

The new 1950-2017 database is broken into two different time frames:  1950-1995 and 1996-2017. You can search or download by excel, csv (comma separated values) or  SQL (Structured Query Language). Note these are indexes to every marriage license filed, not necessarily every marriage in New York City. Reclaim the Records notes that there are approximately 30,000 missing records particularly for 1950s-1960s. Please read the entire release and the frequently asked questions before you start to search.

Note, starting in June 2011 New York State started to legally recognize same-sex marriages. Therefore, for the 2011-2017 portion of the data the database headers of "bride" and "groom" are gender agnostic/neutral and are referred to as "Spouse #1" and "Spouse # 2".

A marriage license and marriage certificate are two different types of records. What Reclaim the Recordsobtained is an index of marriage licenses. The license is what the couple fills out prior to the marriage with all the background information and the officiant and witnesses sign at the time of the marriage. The marriage certificate is what is the officiant mails into the appropriate government (county/city) recorder office and proves the couple is married and names the whom, when and where and name of officiant. Both are government documents.

To read the announcement see:

The IAJGS Records Access Alert previously reported the Tilburg, Netherlands Regional Archive announced their online family cards collection dating from 1920-1940 will be affected by the GDPR as the family cards contain data about the religious disposition of residents.  As a result of advice of the Association of Dutch Municipalities the archive will no longer be able to offer the services of family cards online. The family cards contain data about the religious disposition of residents The concern of being out of compliance with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which became effective May 25, 2018, has resulted in more archives in the Netherlands removing records previously accessible online. There are now 450,000 fewer records with personal information available online- the records are still available at the archives.  The GDPR applies to living individuals not those who are deceased. As some of the records include information on those still living to avoid the hefty fines for violating the GDPR, several archives have removed records such as  family cards from their online access.

The Amsterdam City Archives has displayed a notice—a disclaimer:

On the advice of the Association of Dutch Municipalities Archive institutions such as: Brabants Historische Informatie Centrum, Regionaal Archief Alkmaar and Archief Eemland have deleted this information from their websites.
 Open Archives, which follows Dutch and Belgian archives reminds genealogists that data of living persons in their own collections has to be considered and not be published unless there is explicit consent from the person.

See:  under Open Archives. It is also available in German and Dutch. Scroll down to bottom of the page and click on the language of choice.

I have no affiliation with Open Archives which has a subscription portion of their website. I do receive their free newsletter to keep apprised of activities as mentioned above. I am posting this solely for the information of the reader.


One of the IAJGS Records Access Alert subscribers asked the following:

"How do genealogists in the New World send back death info for European born ancestors to these archives to show that the people are no longer living, especially within the 125 year blackout ??"

The 125 year embargo period is something included in the (US) 2011 Draft Model  State Vital  Statistics Act  being advocated by the National Association of Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS) in the United States and very few jurisdictions within the United States has adopted the 125 years for birth, 75 years for death and 100 years for marriage and we keep fighting that—yes New York City adopted that for transferring records from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to the  Department of Records Information-and they recently expanded the relatives that do not have to wait for the embargo periods—See IAJGS Records Access Alert  for New York City for more information. Few other jurisdictions have adopted those embargo periods, and one state, Oklahoma which did adopt the Model Vital Statistics Act embargo dates has already amended the death records embargo period to 50 years.  If you know of a state that is considering introducing the model act please let me know.

To show someone in a European Union country that someone born in the European Union has died here in the United States or other than in than in the country of their birth, my suggestion would be to send a copy (certified copy if possible) of the death record to the particular country archive. Other types of proof of death could be an obituary but it is up to the archive whether as to what they will accept.  I would write to the particular archive and ask them what information they would accept. 

If you don't know the address of the archive, look them up under Google as archive: name of country. For example a Google search for archive: Netherlands returns National Archives with this website: Scrolling down the page is an envelope with the word "contact" as well as their phone number. You can send them an email at the address when you click on "contact". Another example would be searching Google:
archives: German National Archives and the return I answer provides:  and the "contact is on the top of the page. 

If other IAJGS Records Access Alert subscribers have additional ideas contact me at and we can publish relevant suggestions.

New York State is one of several US states that have a restrictive law pertaining to adoptee access to original birth records. There is a bill in the New York Assembly, AB  9959B. The bill may be read at: If the adult adoptee is deceased, the adoptees direct line descendants may also obtain a copy of the birth certificate. To follow the law's progress or submit a comment see:
The Assembly recesses on June 20 so it is important that it be passed soon.

This is not the first attempt to open adoptee records in New York State, Those opposed believe opening the records would make adoption less appealing an alternative to abortion. Others are concerned about a promise of confidentiality made to birth parents.

To read an article in the New York Times about this see:

To look state-by-state on whether the state has open or closed laws regarding access to original birth records for adoptees see:

WHOIS is the domain database of all registered domains. Not only do new companies who want to register a domain name check WHOIS to make certain the name is available and identify trademark infringement. WHOIS  is used by network administrators to identify and fix problems. The International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) protects domain registrants by prohibiting the use of WHOIS listings for marketing or spam purposes.

The European Union's General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) has essentially taken down the service in the EU as it publishes contact details, including names, telephone numbers and home and email addresses of all domain name holders. GDPR requires "personal information" to follow its rules, and the aforementioned contact details all are "personal" information. ICANN had requested to the then Article 29  Data Protection Working Party (now called the EU Data Protection Board) in January 2018 proposing an interim plan to be compliant with the GDPR which became effective May 25, 2018, and was adopted two years prior. ICANN wanted a special temporary exemption from the law—which was denied. ICANN stated "Without resolution of these issues, the WHOIS system will become fragmented." So in its current form it is the end of the public WHOIS.

ICANN has decided to take its case to court. First they filed an injunction against EPAG, a Germany-based registrar, in a move that it explicitly stated is designed to receive court assistance in interpreting the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as it relates to WHOIS. This was in response to EPAG's announcement that it will no longer collect administrative  and technical contact information as it believes it is a violation of the GDPR rules. ICANN requires this information to be collected. As the injunction was not granted, ICANN is now appealing to Germany's Higher Regional Court  to have EPAG reinstate all of WHOIS data. In their filings ICANN asks the German Higher Court if they are not clear about the GDPR to refer the issues to the Court of Justice of the European Union. Usually such a request does not occur until the lower court-in this case the German Higher Court- decides they need further clarification.

To read more about the ICANN-WHOIS situation see:
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Elizabeth, the second – Looking forward, looking back  Ann-Marie Paynter

St Mark's at Deloraine - 'An Angel Holding a Bunch of Pansies' | Churches of Tasmania

The Yalgoo Bomber | The Dusty Box

From famine to the land of milk and honey chasing skeletons

and some book reviews..

Better Reading

The Book Ninja by Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus  

The Upside of Over by J.D. Barrett

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

Our House by Louise Candlish

Podcast: Women Writing Women with Tessa Lunney

Theresa Smith Writes

New Release Book Review: The Kookaburra Creek Cafe by Sandie Docker

New Release Book Review: Mr Peacock’s Possessions by Lydia Syson

New Release Book Review: True Blue by Sasha Wasley

and from my blogs...

That Moment in Time

Preserving letters, diary on castle floorboards, Irish female convicts, death at Dingo Ck, free eBooks through NLA, ancient Jewish graffiti, Ire. school registers, Suffrage, literary landscape, Scotland Monumental Inscriptions Index, search UK Parish registers, Chicago parish registers, Ugandan barkcloth, world changing glass, forgotten literary treasures, using War of 1812 pension files, State Library Qld, declutter your screen, 
ghost town swallowed by nature, and so much more…

Irish Graves

Additions NSW METRO

Rookwood, thanks to Barbara Platfoot
St. Patrick's Catholic Cem. Nth Parramatta thanks to Noelene Harris
All Saint’s Nth Parramatta thanks to Noelene Harris
St Peters Anglican Church, St Peters with thanks to Brett Andrew Woods
Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park thanks to Noelene Harris

Nowra, thanks to Sharon Allan Newell
Kurrajong thanks to Noelene Harris
St Philip’s Anglican Cemetery, Warkworth, NSW with thanks to Cherie Livotto

Lancefield  and Macedon thanks to Veronica Falkland


I have just added a new page to Irish Graves... CEMETERY INDEXES... please let me know if you come across any I don't have... I will add more as I find them... there are sure to be some in my files that I have missed, I have a lot of files.

Headlines of Old

Australia's Colonial History, Convicts, ever wanted to circumnavigate Australia ? You can do it for FREE, Western Australia, Rottnest Island, lighthouse, free ports, Trove Tuesday 19 June, 2018,

As They Were

"Blacksmiths and vernacular ironwork traditions of West Clare", Kilrush and District Historical Society,  INVITE - 26 JUNE, 2018, Eric O'Neill,