Friday, January 15, 2021



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


Australian War Memorial newsletter incl. new Gulf War hub
visiting the memorial... you'll need a timed ticket, Art of the Nation, etc.

Queensland State catalogue ArchivesSearch,

Queensland’s historical past on Q-Album1970s street scenes  and 
Queensland’s X-Files   Book a session if you wish to visit

Genealogy Club looks at Ireland. Davis Enterprise invites the public to learn about “Workhouses and Poor Law in Ireland” by Cathie Sherwood of Australia in a free Zoom ...Tues Jan 19th

I Love Bello Shire newsletter incl. Rod Keers Takes On Mandy Nolan 

& Bellingen Memorial Hall Arts Week Finale.. Celebration Before Renovation (great memories of that hall) and much more..

National Archives UK newsletter incl. Brown Babies     > Victorian Industrial Towns

We will continue to provide free access to our digitised records, which allows registered users 100 free downloads over a rolling 30-day period. Register for free or browse our online catalogue, Discovery. 

The Irish Story 

Cathal Brennan and John Dorney are joined by Brian Hanley and Laura McAtackney to discuss the contentious commemorations of 1920 in 2020. First broadcast on the Irish History Show.

We discuss, among other things:

Wanderlust Twins  images..   View from the castle in Eger, Hungary

Find My Past 

Devon Marriages 44 parishes       Search all newspapers

Search school records      Our extensive school records cover the British Isles and Australia. Highlights include British Army Schoolchildren and Schoolmasters 1803-1932 andIreland National School Registers.

Anglo-Celtic Connections


Outback Family History

Family Search Blog


Family Tree Magazine

Atlas Obscura

Tinteán Magazine 

Michael in Ireland.   Ireland Newspaper incl. 

records-access-alerts... must read re research in USA

Chad Wolf, Acting US Secretary of Homeland Security announced he is stepping down at 11:59 PM January 11, 2021. Although he originally planned to remain in his job until the end of this Administration, he is resigning due to his criticizing President Trump over the riot at the Capitol last week. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Pete Gaynor will be the new acting secretary. To read more see:


Acting Secretary Wolf is also over the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) which is part of the Homeland Security Department. His appointment was questioned by a federal court which resulted in a federal judge placing on hold the proposed USCIS outrageous fee increases.


As reported in the IAJGS Records Access Alert on September 29, 2020, US District Court Judge Jeffrey White of the Northern District of California found “serious questions” as the legitimacy of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) fee increase because the acting Secretary for the  Department of Homeland Security was not properly appointed to the position. While appointed by President Trump, the Senate never voted  to confirm him. Following Wolf’s criticism of President Trump response to the riot, the White House pulled his nomination.

The final rule in its entirety was stayed pending final adjudication. The federal court judge said,  “Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Wolf and Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary of DHS Cuccinelli and all persons under their direction are enjoined from implementing or enforcing the Final Rule or any part of the rule.”   


The proposed fee increases for genealogists are: raising the search fee from $65 to $240 and then the cost of the actual file from $65 to $385 means your charges will increase from $130 to possibly $625. If you are considering ordering any documents from USCIS this would be an appropriate time to do so as we are not aware when the stay will be lifted or what if anything the Biden Administration may do regarding the proposed fee increases.

To see previous postings about the USCIS and the proposed fee increases,  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

[Records-Access-Alerts] (Scotland) Scotland's People Adds 250, 000 Birth, Death and Marriage Entries
Date: 9 January 2021 at 10:24:44 pm AEST

Scotland’s People has added 250,000 birth, death and marriage entries (~147,000 online images) which include 48,728 marriages in 1945 and 64,943 deaths in 1970. For 1920 births of 136,546 living children during that year were reported.  There was a marked decline in birth-rate during World War l.


To learn how to search birth records see their guide on register of births at:

To search the records see:


While searching their indexes is  you need to use a pay per view to view and download digital records of the historic records you find.  To learn more bout the pay-per view costs see:


Copies of statutory registers of births less than 100 years old; marriages, divorces and dissolutions less than 75 years old; and deaths less than 50 years old can only be purchased as official certificates. Read more about official certificates and how to pay for them. 



There are some items that you can search for free. 



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

* Permission is granted to republish/post or summarise these alerts provided that attribution be given to the IAJGS Records Access Alert



Social Bridge - Jean Tubridy

The Frugal Family Historian

Branches On Our Haimowitz Family Tree

The Gentle Author


The Legal Genealogist

Humouring the Goddess

Stair na hÉireann (History of ireland)


Brotmanblog: A Family Journey

The Irish Story

Liz Gauffreau



Solomon Hopson   Diary of A Young Genealogist

Lockdown 3, Ireland   social bridge

I found Rose Whybrew Clogs and Clippers


Theresa Smith

Better Reading

and from my blogs...


FRIDAY FOSSICKING 8th Jan 2021, new year-extended records, troll laws proposal, free online resources, forgotten Ireland, great book reviews, Notre Dame's grand organ, ghosts of old London, 

Dogs choose their own toys, forgotten Ireland, cat Island, trash to tree, 120 year old chocolates, Devon burials, CPR saves baby elephant, and so much more…

Feel free to share… the title is the link…


CONVICTS, CONDUCT & CHATTER. Trove Tuesday 12TH JAN, 2021, Lachlan Macquarie - Governor of NSW, free labor, establishment of the colony, court cases, guidelines as to what use the convicts were put to, varied punishments, discrimination, unjustified sentences, Governor Darling, tickets of leave, expenses of convicts supplies, living conditions, provisions, and a whole lot more…

Feel free to share… the title is the link…

Have you 'trimmed' your family tree lately?

Stay safe and well. 

This will pass.

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