Friday, April 5, 2019


Edwin Stockqueler (1829-1900) - Public DomaiAn Australian Gold Diggings, oil on canvas



The Orphan Schools – Tasmanian Archive +Heritage Blog

Orphans - Irish Famine Memorial

Wicklow's suffering during famine times   Bray People

Marina Carr, descendant of Lady Gregory  Irish Times

Irish Studies program at Catholic Memorial School gets special guests  Wicked Local

New content has been added to the 'What's new? page at John Grenham's Irish Ancestors site

7 Amazing Wedding Photographers in Queensland   Your Queensland Wedding * self indulgent here...Nadine is my very talented cousin

Policing the Beatles Stories from the archives

Hidden History of The Walter Taylor Bridge  Laura Sinclair

[Dictionary of Sydney] Customs House

Wanderlust Twins

Anglo-Celtic Connections


Did You Know?

Opt-out is not informed consent The Legal Genealogist

Judy Webster Professional Genealogist   FREE newsletter 

Genealogy blogs A-Z challenge    Library Currants

Remembering the Anzacs

Historical Newspaper Research Tips | Family History | Findmypast 

All the scanned church records will be made searchable by 2020    Norwegian Genealogy and then some

Atlas Obscura

Japan Meat Ban          Cadaver Factory      The Great Goddess Mexico         USDA Paintings

Disappearing Islands     Chinese Medical Doll  strange consultation    Chapel Rock

Pangea River Delta     Deep Sea Gators        Lycksele Ice Pillar       Sweden  


Visit Canberra    Chocolate, wildlife and wine – oh my!  ANZAC DAY at the Aust. War Memorial

Cairns Family History eNews     incl.   Ceylon Civil Service Widows & Orphans Fund 

Society of Australian Genealogists SAG  NEWS  CALENDAR  WEB TIPS   SHOP

National Library of Australia eNews   incl. explore tips and tricks for searching the AWA

I Love Bello Shire eNews

Find My Past


Always Interesting

The Gentle Author

The Irish Story


Applegate Genealogy

Sunday Evening Art Gallery

The Legal Genealogist


Stair na hÉireann

Brotmanblog: A Family Journey


Bill to Prohibit Use of Facial Recognition Technology Without Affirmative Consent..

US Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) have introduced  S 847, the Commercial Facial Recognition Privacy Act of 2019.  The bill makes it unlawful for any covered entity to knowingly use facial recognition technology to collect facial recognition data, unless the entity obtains explicit consent from the person after providing notice to them. Covered entities are also required to notify individual when facial recognition data is used or collected.

A covered entity is any person, including corporate affiliates who collect, store, or process facial recognition data. There are exemptions which include, any federal or state or local government, a law enforcement agency, a national security agency or any intelligence agency.  

Facial recognition technology analyzes either still or video images of facial features and is used for the unique personal identification of a specific person.
The bill is not yet printed and posted to but will uploaded soon and can be followed at:


Facebook has faced many criticisms and probes by regulators and government agencies across the globe in the past several years. What exacerbated the probes was the Cambridge Analytica  scandal where tens of millions of users information was shared with the political consulting firm. "US federal prosecutors are reportedly probing Facebook's data sharing deals with a number of large technology companies. The US Federal Trade Commission is said to be in talks with Facebook over a possible record fine."  See:

On March 30 Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg called for four new global regulations governing the Internet recommending rules on :
·         harmful content; 
·         legislation protecting election integrity;
·         effective privacy and data protection; and 
·         data portability.  

Zuckerberg said the company is seeking more active roles for governments and regulators. He espoused regulations that would set baselines for prohibited content and require companies to build systems for keeping harmful content to a minimum. He also stated Facebook is creating an independent body so people can appeal our decisions. Furthermore he stated, they are working with governments, including French officials, on ensuring the effectiveness of content review systems. 

In the United States  technical companies rely on the Communications Decency Act Section 230 which exempts companies from being liable for user-generated content.  Zuckerberg's proposes that " regulation could set baselines for what’s prohibited and require companies to build systems for keeping harmful content to a bare minimum."

He said that Facebook would welcome common standards for verifying political actors, citing practices deployed by advertisers in many countries of verifying identities before buying political ads. He also suggested updating laws to include "divisive political issues" in addition to candidates and elections. Zuckerberg also said it would be good if more countries adopted rules for a common framework such as the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation ( GDPR).

Facebook came under criticism recently for livestreaming the Christchurch, New Zealand massacre when 50 Muslims were killed in their mosques. On Thursday, Facebook also stated they would ban white nationalism and separatism from the website. On Friday, in the European Union Countries Facebook started to label political advertisements showing who the advertiser is and how much they paid and who they have targeted. The entire EU Parliament of over 750 members are up for election in May.

To read Zuckerberg's paper see:

He wrote this in an op-ed in the Washington Post, however, one must have a paid subscription to access any articles in the Washington Post- unlike other publications there is no "free 5" articles. However, it was reprinted in the Los Angeles Times and may be read for free at: 

To read more about the proposed global internet regulations see:

To read the previous postings about Facebook, privacy, GDPR and more,  go to the archives of the IAJGS Records Access Alert at: 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


The Drummer’s Death | The Dusty Box

Before Bernadette: The Story of James Exton

Ava’s proud moment   clarejk2014

Milnrow  Clogs and Clippers

Dublin in 1922: A Sketch The Irish Story

Matryoshkas & Matriarchs  Jamie Gates

Secrets from the Banana Cemetery Judith Salecich

#A-Z challenge, follow those below to read daily posts

Alotau and Acronyms  cassmob 

#AprilAtoZ Challenge B -Burial Rites by Hannah Kent | Best Bookish Blog  Jennifer Jones

# Earlier Years: Apricots, Apples and Afghan biscuits  a wonderful, sentimental post


Theresa Smith


Run Away by Harlan Coben

The Gift of Life  Josephine Moon

Identity Crisis    Ben Elton

See You in the Piazza  Frances Mayes

Women to the Front   Heather Sheard Ruth Lee

and from my blogs...

That Moment in Time

A Dress of Spitalfield’s Silk, grandmother’s cookbook, Scotland from above..3D  exaggeration, 
Inside Boggo Road, Uh-Scotland? not Germany?,  unescorted ladies not served, forest dragon, 
feminist tearooms, Scotland criminal database, Ontario & Ottawa maps, hearth tax website, why Bronte sisters died so young, taphophila, name variants, ode to family indexes, Creative ? Read Qld State Archives search in Did You Know?, British Army records, cave of 7 palaces, VanGogh papers, airplane restaurant, woman sinks into parents’ grave, great blogs and book reviews.. and much more… 
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Irish Graves


With thanks to Kym Hyson


With thanks to Kym Hyson


With thanks to Noelene Harris


St. Charles Churchyard
With thanks to Noelene Harris

Waikumete Cemetery
With thanks to Briteyes Gee

Headlines of Old

Convict Burials - Trove Tuesday 2nd April 2019, excavations, mounds of graves, bushland graves, Blue Mountains, Old Sydney Burial Ground, Norfolk Island, Tasmania, Maria Island, 
BYO tombstone,  
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As They Were


Thanks to Kilrush & District Historical Society



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