Friday, March 16, 2018




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


The Dillon Surname  Lorna Moloney

Irish Archives Resource - Database Search Page

Four wives, two mistresses and a double agent: How Carolinda Witt found out her grandfather's secret spy past | ABC Radio Australia

Sam Pearce- an extraordinary miner  Outback Family History

State Library Qld

John Oxley Library Fellowship                       What's the story?           Letty Katts Award

Q ANZAC 100 Fellowships                    Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 21 March

John Grenham  A new post The cousins, the cousins! - has been published on March 12, 2018 at 4:43 pm.

Celebrating notable women - The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust

The Burke and Wills Expedition by Dean Prangley by RHSQ | Mixcloud

'‘The murderous outrage’: Prince  Alfred’s visit to Sydney'  Dictionary of Sydney

Gaol Photographic Description Books         State Archives and Records NSW

What's on, special events, stories from I Love Bello Shire

A Photo Full of Mystery       Maureen Taylor

Michael in Ireland

Moab, Utah    wunderlusttwins

Anglo-Celtic Connection

FamilySearch adds to Oldham Cemetery Registers, 1797-2004

The Wright Papers    OPL helps in Finding Birth Families

DNA distinguishes French-Canadians from different regions of Quebec

Celebrating 12 Years Blogging  Congratulations to John Reid!

Predicting places from names in the UK

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The Tragedy of Cattle Kate             

The Garfield Assassination Altered American History, But Is Woefully Forgotten Today

These Photos Captured What Happened When the United States Started to Ration Shoes During WWII

Wreck of Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Lexington Found 76 Years After It Was Scuttled in Battle

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Finding the Lost Column of Venice   Underwater Prison Ruins  Stone or Succulent?

Solitary Island Life      A Rare Waterfall        Reviving Digital Artifacts        Small Island Libraries

Some deaths on Norfolk Island between Oct 1796 – Jun 1800  Cathy Dunn

The National Archives UK

British Army and militia 1760-1915              > Read The stories they tell: archives and civilization

Blogs: Suffragettes, 1912: ‘Rather broken windows than broken promises’

First World War: the women of Buxton Lime Firms

Podcasts: Reformation on the Record: Suzannah Lipscomb on Henry VIII and the break with Rome

Big Ideas Series: In Their Own Write: Welfare, Discipline and Pauper Agency in the Nineteenth Century

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New York Roman Catholic Parish Marriages               

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Eastman's Online Genealogy

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On October 24,2017 the New York City Department of Health held a hearing on their proposed rule to transfer birth and death records to the Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS) < Municipal Archives>. The Department has posted their final rule to be adopted next week which states: "on January 31st  of the year following 125 years after the date of birth, and a death record will become public on January 31st  of the year following 75 years after death."  The schedule of transfer also precludes the transfer of records to DORIS that are still subject to amendment by the individual to whom the record pertains, the Office of Chief Medical Examiner, the courts, or family members. Despite that 31 people testified, numerous submitted written comments and 3,884 signatures to a petition consisting of a total of 5,028 written comments the Department's final rule has NOT changed the proposed amendment to Article 207.  

The attached notice to adopt the amendment states the meeting will be on March 13, 2018, and while that is a week hence, the notice is written as it was adopted on March 13, 2018.  It is not expected that  meeting will be an open hearing.  See the notice at:

We received the information from the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society who did the phenomenal job of coordinating the thousands of responses mentioned above.  They believe the March 13 meeting will be Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at 10 AM at: Gotham Center, 42-09 28th Street, 3rd Floor, Room 3-32, Long Island City. As best they can tell the meeting is NOT an open hearing.

Only the New York State Department of Health and the National Association of Public Health for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS) were in support of the proposed rule.  The 125 year embargo for birth records and 75 year embargo for death records are from the 2011 Proposed Model State Vital Statistics Act, endorsed by NAPHSIS, even though the federal government put the proposed revision "on hold".   The IAJGS Records Access Alert has commented on in previous postings and suggested you watch your own state legislatures and regulatory bodies in case they attempt to adopt these provisions.

The Department says will propose separately, as a result of the comments, amendments to the Health Code to expand the categories of qualified applicants who may access birth and death records before the records are transferred to DORIS. What they have shared thus far regarding the expansion of qualified applicants are direct descendants and other close relatives NO further  information was included in the above-referenced notice.  When more information is available, it will be posted on the IAJGS Records Access Alert. It may be a LONG time before we hear anything more on this proposal.

Under current rules only the named person or their parent/guardian may obtain a birth record from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. 
Only the following are currently permitted to obtain a death certificate:
WITH confidential medical report:

    Domestic Partner
    Informant listed on the certificate
    Person in control of disposition

WITHOUT confidential medical report

    Domestic Partner
    The legal representative of the estate of the decedent
    Informant listed on the certificate
    Person in control of disposition
    A funeral director within 12 months of the registration of death A party with a property right who demonstrates that information beyond the fact of death is necessary to protect or assert a right of that party
    A person or government agency who otherwise establishes that the record is necessary or required for a judicial or other proper purpose

On March 13 the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene officially adopted their proposed regulation on Access To Birth and Death Records With Original Access Years of 125 for Birth and 75 for Death. This was mentioned in the IAJGS Records Access Alert posted on March 8, 2018. The final regulation  may be read at:

Joshua  Taylor, President of the NY Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYGBS)  reported to their members this morning about the meeting earlier today.  The report may be read at:

Note: of the over 5,000 comments submitted only two were in favor: the New York State Department of Health and the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS). This is the organization that is advocating the embargo dates included in the 2011 Draft Model Vital Records act which has never been approved by the  US Department of Health and Human Services. The embargo dates they advocate are the one adopted by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: 125 years from date of birth and 75 years from date of death.  It was also mentioned at the meeting that the New York State Department of Health is considering adopting the same time lines!

Please note at the Department of Health  meeting  this morning, the registrar of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Steven Schwartz, is considering expanding those who can access the records directly from the New York Department of Health before they are transferred to the Municipal Archives (DORIS-Department of Records and Information Services).  We believe the proposed family members who may access the records is still too restrictive. When the Department posts the proposed rule and information about the hearing we will it notice here on the IAJGS Records Access Alert. 

As Josh mentioned in his posting,  the NYGBS convened a broad-based coalition of local and national genealogical organizations regarding next steps, which met yesterday by conference call. IAJGS is represented in the coalition by two members of the IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee, Teven Laxer and myself; and the presidents of the JGS NY and JGSLI and past president of JGSLI.  In addition, members of the coalition attending yesterday included the chairperson of the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC), a representative from the Federation of Genealogical Societies; NYC APG Chapter President, chairperson and other board members of Reclaim the Records; German Genealogy Group and the Italian Genealogy Group.  When plans are finalized and we are able to share more details we will.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

The National Archives of Australia has announced it will reduce staff by 40 jobs in two years due to budgetary pressures.  The goal is to reach a staff of 320 persons by 2019-2020. While it could reach this goal by natural attrition it admits it might use "voluntary redundancies" to reach the goal.

The Director-General of the archives, David Fricker said it. " is only because of the budget being reduced that they must look  constantly across the services we provide and ask how we can do 'less with less".  The  cutting of jobs coincided with the need to create new roles to develop its digital capabilities.

The Australian Bureau of the Census will also face a staff reduction of 100 or more positions.

To access the National Archives of Australia go to:

At the time of this posting there was nothing on the website regarding the staff reductions.


The IAJGS Records Access Alert has been writing about the European Union's General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) for several  years. It becomes effective May 25, 2018.  We have already noted one archive—Netherlands- has removed from the Internet its Family Cards collection under advice from their consultant about the upcoming GDPR.  Today, we are reporting that Oxford Ancestors is withdrawing from the direct to consumer genetic marketplace. Oxford Ancestors was the first company to test mitochondrial DNA outside the academic environment available to the public.  The data base will remain online for a few months—but with the GDPR becoming effective May 25 it may go down before that date.  The founder of Oxford Ancestors,  Dr. Bryan Sykes is retiring and moving out of country.

To read the announcement see:

Thank you to Jan Alpert, Chairperson, Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) for sharing this information.  IAJGS along with the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Genealogical Society are the sponsoring members of RPAC. The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG), the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen), the American Society of Genealogists (ASG), ProQuest and serve as participating members.


treats for you...

Traditional Irish recipes for St. Patrick's Day

Wholesome Irish soda bread recipe for Saint Patrick's Day  

St. Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage spring roll recipe 

How to make St. Patrick’s Day leprechaun cupcakes 


52 Ancestors 52 weeks – Longevity | Walking The Genes

a number of posts about the recent very successful Sydney Congress

Congress 2018 is here! – iwiKiwi  Maggie

Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Day One report | Shauna Hicks History Enterprise

Diary of an Australian Genealogist: Blogs, Books, Congress 2018 & Other News - Genealogy Notes 1-14 Mar 2018

QFHS was at Congress 2018!  Queensland Family History Society

An Honour  New Zealand Glass

Family Connections: Family history in strange places  Vicki Court

II – A Suspect Emerges | The Dusty Box  Jess

St Saviours at Frankford - 'The Swaying Church'  Duncan Grant

Topiary  Sunday Evening Art Gallery

The Story of Margaret Farrell  Before Bernadette

and from my blogs...

That Moment in Time

librarian's rule, Irish festivals worldwide, grave plaques stolen, warning-self publishing, FREE ebook, FREE entertainment, which DNA company, voices of stolen generation, the murderer & the missionary, Munch’s grave, black Tudors, Readers & Writer’s Festival, Science Fest, Ardmore Co Waterford, ancient holy wells, 86 yr old snow sledging,  Black Irish explained, Aramac Tramway, skeleton in closet, Pennyweight Children’s Cemetery, Congress 2018, RootsTech, convicts & curiosities,  more gravestone photos,  International Women’s Day…”You Were, So We Are’, and far too much to include here…

Please share…

Irish Graves


Launceston… Carr Villa Cemetery

Numerous additions to Rookwood metro NSW,  and BIOGRAPHIES
with thanks to many, especially Noelene Harris, Brett Andrew Woods, Wayne Hill, Kevin Banister

Varied counties included in places of origin…

Gilgandra - Tamworth                     regional NSW

Liverpool  -  Denham Court  - Parramatta - metro NSW

Cairns.. regional Qld  thanks to J.C.

Please note BIOGRAPHIES has a heap of information, with research and personal stories… even requests for help. If you can add anything to these stories, etc. than please contact me. My email address is in ABOUT ME on every one of my blogs. Thank you, Chris

Headlines of Old

colonial newspapers, advertisements, free pardons list, conditional emancipations, orphan house, early musters, Ann Doyle absconded, Trove Tuesday Mar 13 2108, fancy some nankeens?, perhaps some shears?, no newspapers for Launceston unless…., Isaac Lyons suspended from duty, lots to read and who’s on the lists?, 

As They Were

Additions to 
Missing Friends.. newspaper notices searching for lost friends and family. Some even give last address and descriptions.


Thanks to Paul O'Brien... various newspaper clippings from Irish newspapers