Friday, June 15, 2018


J.Miller Marshall (22 November1858-12 June 1935)
Dead in Minehead, England. Public Domain.


 Not the same, but…  The Legal Genealogist

A Genealogist In The Archives: Preserving Old Family Letters   

Annual Geneagala Day – August 4, 2018  Hornsby Shire Family History Group

How to declutter your screen  Library Currants

The growth of genealogy tourism  The Globe and Mail

Cybersecurity wakeup call  Judy G. Russell

Past, Present, Future: Where is the balance?  Eltham District Historical Society Inc.

How Experiencing Tough Times helps us to Thrive - Sizzling Towards 60 Jennifer Jones

Thank you for your concern about my sanity – John Grenham – Irish Roots

The ‘founding mothers’: the little-known story of Australia’s convict women - Australian Geographic

Only one convict-made quilt has survived the test of time. The Rajah Quilt - named for the ship aboard which the women prisoners and the materials for the quilt arrived in Hobart in 1841 - is now on display at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.
* you can read more about the Rajah Quilt here  and here

I Love Bello Shire  newsletter       Bello Winter Music   Bruce Jacups Photography

Brisbane Writer's Festival  Newsletter  Includes news of writing competitions and updates..   Read Stan grants article on the Griffith Review here   See what we're reading here

Australian War Memorial

National Library of Australia   Newsletter  Free eBooks at Your Fingertips  Trove blog

The National Archives UK
Outback Family History

State Library Qld     Magnificent Makers        

unstacked  go to link, then scroll down to Unstacked   (a global window into what State Library collection items being searched at any given time. Be warned — it’s addictive! You never know what another person might unearth that piques your curiosity)

Atlas Obscura

Find My Past

Build Your Tree, Get Military Hints

Family History Daily 


This first entry explains a lot about the new guidelines...
With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) effective as of May 25, 2018 the previous Article 29 Working Group was replaced with the European Data Protection Board (EDPB). The Article 29 Working Group was comprised of the 28 data protection regulators in the 28 EU states (countries). The EDPB is composed of the 28 data protection officers, the European Data Protection Supervisor and a non-voting member of the European Commission. The EDPB has power to adopt binding decisions to ensure the consistent application of the GDPR, the Article 29 Working Group did not have such powers.

In the first week since the GDPR became effective the EDPB adopted new guidelines on the GDPR and issued a statement on the ePrivacy Regulation revision. See the IAJGS Records Alert from May 28, 2018 for more information on the ePrivacy Regulation.

The EDPB has done the following:
1. Endorsing GDPR material issued by the Article 29 Working Group.
2. Adopted a draft version of the Guideline on certification in accordance with Articles 42 and 43. Comments are to be submitted by 12 July 2018 to  See:.  For those wanting to read this in other than English, the EU supported languages are available by going to the top right of the page and clicking on the down arrow. From the bottom of the page you may download the proposed guidelines.
3.Adopted the final version of the Guidelines on derogations applicable to international transfers- regarding GDPR Article 49.
4. Released a statement on the revision of the ePrivacy regulation including providing protection for all electronic communications, encouraging the use of anonymized electronic communication data, and ensuring that consent is obtained for websites and mobile apps.  See:

For more on this see:

The EDPB said permitting use of "cookie walls" is contrary  under the new e-Privacy rules.  Website and mobile app operators should be barred from requiring consumers to agree to the collection and use of their personal data in return for gaining access to their services. The head of the EU Council published new proposals which would enable website operators to make access to their sites "conditional on the consent to the storage of a cookie or similar identifier". See:

The ePrivacy regulation was proposed in January 2017 but has not yet been finalized. The European Parliament agreed but the Council of Ministers has not yet done so. Both Parliament and Council must agree.  The Parliament is made up of 751 members—Members of Parliament (MEPs) . They are elected by the EU citizens. Parliament may change a law but may not start a new one—that is the role of the European Commission which is made up of one representative from each EU country. The European Council is the highest political body of the EU as it is made up of the heads of each state/government (28) plus the President of the European Commission. The Council sets policy agenda but does not negotiate or adopt EU laws.

The European Union Commission website accidently published 700 records with names, addresses and mobile number of conference attendees. This would be a violation of the recently effective General Data Protection Regulation for any organization that had a data breach and did not follow the notification requirements with steep fines.  However, the EU Commission says they are exempt from the GDPR laws for "legal reasons". They say they will follow a similar set of new laws that "mirror" the GDPR, but those won't be effective until the Fall.

National Archives Australia

Many archives are facing the same issue: deterioration of records that are on magnetic tape, such as motion picture films, audio and audio-visual material.  The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has raised the specter of what happens about media life expectancy--these records are exposed to temperature, humidity, corrosion factors. The CLIR reports that according to manufacturers' data sheets and other technical literature thirty (30) years is the upper limit for magnetic tape products including video and audio recordings.

Another problem: Will the technology be available to play back these materials or replacement parts to maintain the equipment , let alone the human factor- the expertise to maintain the equipment?  How many more years may depend on the archive and how and where they store their audio and audio visual archives.

This is a worldwide issue and one all archives are facing. The National Archives of Australia executive director has spoken about this in a recent newspaper article. See:


The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), the highest court in the EU, ruled on June 5, 2018 that companies and people who administer Facebook fan* pages are jointly responsible with Facebook for data protection on those pages. If Facebook infringes on data protection rights of users who follow a fan page the page's administrator may also be responsible. Similarly, if the fan-page operator infringes on a person's privacy rights, Facebook may also be responsible. The case is Wirtschaftsakademie Schleswig-Holstein, a German education company. Using a free tool called Facebook Insights, Wirtschaftsakademie was able to obtain statistical data on users who visited its page, but German regulators found that the page failed to disclose Facebook’s use of cookies for data-collection purposes. The court emphasized that the "existence of joint responsibility does not necessarily imply equal responsibility of various  operators involved with personal data processing."

* Facebook fan pages are the only way for businesses, organizations, celebrities, and politicians to represent themselves on Facebook unlike personal pages. Fan pages are visible to everybody on the Internet.

Another part of the ruling is that the German Data Authority had the power to take action against Facebook even though its European headquarters are in Ireland. Facebook contended that the German Data Authority did not have authority over them as they would be governed solely by the Irish Data Protection Authority, the country where their European headquarters are located. The CJEU ruled that a regulator was entitled to exercise its powers even if the collection and data processing belonged to the company's establishment in another EU country- in this case Facebook Ireland. The newly effective  GDPR has "one stop shopping" where companies have to deal with the authority in the members state of their main EU establishment. This case having started in 2011 predated the one-stop shopping principle.

This may require numerous companies, not just Facebook with online marketing to rewrite their contracts with customers across the  Europe Union.  This could result in more technology giants facing challenges from EU data protection authorities.

Facebook expressed disappointment with the ruling.

To read the full decision see:
While this is in English, it is available in all the EU supported languages. Go to the top of the page and where it says "English" click on the down arrow to access other languages.


In 2011, the data protection agency in Schleswig-Holstein, a north-German state, ordered the German Education company to deactivate its Facebook fan page because neither  they nor Facebook told visitors that Facebook was collecting personal data about them using cookies. The data protection regulator maintained that the educational academy was the "controller" of the personal data gathered through its fan page, therefore it was responsible.  Wirtschaftsakademie Schleswig-Holstein, argued that it had not asked Facebook to track anyone and therefore they were not responsible. They brought an action against the decision before the German Administrative court, and that court, Bundesverwaltungsgericht (Federal Administrative Court, Germany) asked the CJEU to interpret the Directive 95/46 on data protections The CJEU determined that a page administrator was a joint data controller as it can control how people's data is used, and could ask for information on demographics, interests and location. Note: 95/46 is the prior data protection direction which has been replaced with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The IAJGS Records Access Alert reported in March about a proposed amendment to Article 207 of the New York City Health Code allowing certain direct descendants and other family members to access the birth and death records of their deceased relatives prior to the records becoming public. The New York City Department of Health held a hearing on April 23, the deadline for all comments. See:
On June 4, 2018 the New York City Board of Health held a meeting where they unanimously passed the proposal. However, rather than become effective in 30 days, New York City Registrar, Steven Schwartz, Ph.D. requested implementation be delayed until the end of 2018 giving the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene  time to update procedures, update the website and required staff training.  Forms will have to be updated and a new procedure for proof of relationship through an attestation or notarized form will have to be developed. No comments as to when that process will be available prior to the end of the year, or whether the new process will be subject to a public hearing before adoption.

While the genealogical community requested a researcher category be added to the list of expanded persons able to immediately access birth and death records from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, other than mentioning it in Dr. Schwartz's report to the Board, nothing further was done- and it was not added to those who may immediately access birth and death records. The request for "informational copies" to be made available was not incorporated, and Dr. Schwartz said the "unofficial copies" was a "bad idea" as records should remain either open or closed.

It was also mentioned that Dr. Schwartz will be leaving  the Department after 30 years as he has been nominated for a post at the US Center for Disease Control (CDC).  Dr. Schwartz has been the instrumental person at the Department for advocating the 125/75 years embargo periods for birth and death records access when transferred to the Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS) the Municipal Archives. This was the regulation adopted in March, 2018 :


treats for you..

  Food & Wine: Reduce food waste with these easy steps 

  Irish potato and cheese soup recipe

  FOOD&WINE - Waterford Greenway to become top foodie destination


June is for Writing  Claudia

The Story of Patrick Cusack  Before Bernadette

TROVE Tuesday – It Happened in Tamworth in 1908 – Talk of Bushrangers – The Keeper of Stories Julie Preston

Grandparents' graves removed without trace under cemetery 'redevelopment'

Perfect  Liv Hambrett

Postcards from the Wild Atlantic Way – Mizen Peninsula Co Cork  The Silver Voice

A New Convert  Geniaus

Fish for Dinner — or Not  Little Wild Streak

52 Ancestors 52 Weeks: Week 23: Going to the Chapel | Walking The Genes Megan Walker

Before Bernadette: The Story of Eliza Exton

family tapestry  Isabel Flynn

Family Connections: #52Ancestors - Week - Week 23 - Going to the Chapel  Vicki Court

Nanniemarcy Family History Stories ©

Earl Grey’s Irish Famine Orphans (61); some more orphan stories | trevo's Irish famine orphans

So far away: Ellen Harwood  chasing skeletons

Making Ancestors Interesting : Numurkah 1884 - A Thriving Town

Little jewels; coloured glass windows in my village. Pauline Connolly

Pastlinks: Tilikum … a Trove Tuesday post. Katrina Vincent

Family Connections: #52Ancestors - Week 24 - Fathers Day Vicki Court

a few book reviews...

by Theresa Smith...

In Conversation with Emily O’Grady

New Release Book Review: If Kisses Cured Cancer by T.S. Hawken

Behind the Pen with Tim Hawken

New Release Book Review: The Favourite Sister by Jessica Knoll

New Release Book Review: Eleanor’s Secret by Caroline Beecham

by Better Reading ...

When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger

Burning Fields by Alli Sinclair

Into the Night by Sarah Bailey

Podcast: A Forensic Investigation with Kate Wild

Podcast: The next in Line with Adam Courtenay

by Liam Callanan

Book review: Paris by the Book by Liam Callanan 

and from my blogs...

Headlines of Old

convict murders... Trove Tuesday 12th June, 2018, most heinous crimes, Maryvale Murders, Mrs. Cook and child, Burke & Hare, Helen McDougall/Glassford - certainly no lady, a mild unassuming Irish man was John Lynch-or was he,  the day the  convict cart went to school,

That Moment in Time


and isn't everything?

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