Gary Mokotoff, Editor
Volume 16, Number 24 | June 14, 2015
Every government puts value on preserving its history. That is why we have national archives. Genealogy preserves history; the history of a family. It cannot be done without access to records, just as historians cannot preserve a nation's history without access to records. It is a greater good than the right to privacy. It is a greater good than the risk of identity theft.
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Stephen P. Morse Site Unblocked
Recognizing the importance of the Stephen P. Morse site (http://stevemorse.org), its Internet Service Provider, GoDaddy, has unblocked the site a number of days prior to its normal procedure. The site was taken down when GoDaddy received a complaint from a woman who stated that displaying her picture in a yearbook at the Morse site was in violation of her copyright. Morse challenged the complaint asking her to prove she was the copyright owner, and the woman was given two weeks to respond. This will end tomorrow (Monday).
FamilySearch Wiki Page Provides Links to U.S. Immigration Lists
A FamilySearch Wiki site has a page devoted to U.S. Immigration after 1820 providing links to sites, both free and fee-for-service. It is located at http://tinyurl.com/FamSearchImmigAfter1820. Ports covered are Baltimore, Boston, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia and Canadian Border Crossings. There is also a bibliography of published lists of immigrants with links to those lists that are on the Internet. For example, the multivolume Russians to America has a link to the FamilySearch index located at https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2110813.
Google Must Comply With European Union Rules Globally
Jan Meisels Allen reports that the French Data Protection Agency, CNIL, has decreed that the earlier French Court decision that removing entries from Google when an individual invokes the European Union “right to be forgotten” rule applies globally, and Google must remove the information from all its non-European sites. Google has been given 15 days to comply or sanctions will be imposed. France is the first country to open a potential sanctions process against Google if its practices are not changed.
The ruling might have an impact on genealogy. For example, Geni is indexed by Google. A European citizen could request removal of the link on grounds of privacy. Google would be required to delete any online tree reference.
Note that only Google must delete the reference, not the original source. If a newspaper account 40 years ago reported a person was convicted of fraud, only the Google indexing must be removed. Going to the newspaper’s site will still pick up the reference.
A complete description of the ruling can be found at http://tinyurl.com/EUR2BeForgotten.
Library and Archives Canada Allows Photographing Documents
Prior to a recent ruling, Library and Archives Canada only allowed reproduction of documents by filling out a form, handing in the information to the consultation staff, and then waiting the 30 business days for the copies to be made. Now the institution is allowing self-serve photographing of documents with certain rules some of which are:
• You must have a wrist strap, neck strap or tripod.
• No flash can be used.
• Photos cannot be taken before permission is given.
The announcement is at http://thediscoverblog.com/2015/06/10/self-serve-photography.
News of Value to German Researchers
German Address Books. ManyRoads.com has hundreds of address books from Pommern and Westpreussen (Pomerania and West Prussia). The complete listing can be found at http://www.many-roads.com/libraries/prussia-histories/adressbucher-address-books. As noted in a recent edition of Nu? What’s New?, this site also includes a search engine that limits results to Jewish-related websites.
Hamburg Vital Records. A posting to the Ger-SIG of JewishGen notes that a collection, “All Hamburg, Germany, Selected Deaths (1876–1932),” is available on Ancestry.com at http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60505. Results include the original death certificate. A follow-up comment on the Discussion Group states that this Ancestry.com collection represents only a small part of all registers. Name indexes to Hamburg civil registration records can be accessed through http://www.hamburg.de/kulturbehoerde/digitalisate/ 332-5-standesaemter/4133090/start/.
Hadassah Assouline Offering Professional Services
Former director of the Central Archives for the history of the Jewish People has decided to spend part of her retirement period offering professional services to people who need research in Israel. Her e-mail address is email@example.com.
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