Gary Mokotoff, Editor
Volume 19, Number 8 | February 25, 2018
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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Ancestry UK Collections Free of Charge Until End of Today
Ancestry UK is offering access to its UK and Irish collection at no charge until the end of today, Sunday, February 25. It can be accessed at https://search.ancestry.co.uk /search/group/uk_irish_records. The company recently added a collection of Edinburgh electoral registers (1832–1966) to its collections. These are yearly registers listing a person’s name, occupation and address.
European Union Regulation Causes Dutch Database to Be Removed from Internet
Jan Meisels Allen, Chairperson of the IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee, reports that the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes effective on May 25, 2018. One of the provisions is the prohibition of the publication of personal data of living persons, especially when it is considered “special” personal data, such as religion or political beliefs.
The Tilburg, Netherlands Regional Archive has announced their online family cards collection (1920–1940) will be affected by the GDPR as the family cards contain data about the religious disposition of residents. As a result of advice of the Association of Dutch Municipalities, the archive will no longer offer the services of family cards online.
Additional information can be found at https://tinyurl.com/DutchFamilyCards. The site is in Dutch.
Article on Warsaw Jewish Life Today
For those who have already signed up for the IAJGS conference in Warsaw or those that are contemplating going, the Times of Israel has published an article titled “It’s Not The Warsaw You Think It Would Be” with a subheading “The Polish capital is brimming with Jewish culture. It’s got more kosher restaurants than D.C., but it’s hard to escape a sense of absence.).” The aticle can be found at http://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/its-not-the-warsaw-you-think-it-would-be/.
Jewish Genealogical Society Forms in Kansas City, Kansas
It’s official. There is now a Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Kansas City. It becomes the 80th member of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS). The society has a Facebook group at https://tinyurl.com/JGSGKC and a blog at https://jgsgkc.blogspot.com/.
IAJGS is the umbrella group of 80 societies in 14 countries throughout the world. It provides a common voice for issues of significance to its members, to advocate for and educate about their genealogical avocation, and to coordinate items such as the annual International Conference on Jewish Genealogy which will be held in Warsaw, Poland, this year and Cleveland, Ohio, in 2019. Information about the organization can be found at http://www.iajgs.org.
New at Ancestry.com
Ancestry has added/updated the following record groups at their site. Note that they do not indicate how many entries have been added. Announced collections may not be complete for the dates specified and will be added at some later date.
Arizona Marriage Collection, 1864–1982
Arizona, Death Records, 1887–1960
Missouri, Birth Registers, 1847–1910
Missouri, Death Records, 1850–1931
Missouri, Marriage Records, 1805–2002
Missouri, Miscellaneous Records, 1805–2002
South Carolina, City of Charleston, Birth Records, 1877–1901
South Carolina, Delayed Birth Records, 1766–1900
Tennessee, City Death Records, 1872–1923
Edinburgh, Scotland, Electoral Registers, 1832–1966
Fife, Scotland, School Admissions and Discharges, 1867–1916
Liverpool, England, Electoral Registers, 1832–1970
London, England, Poor Law School District Registers, 1852–1918
London, England, Workhouse Admission and Discharge Records, 1764–1930
London, England, Poor Law and Board of Guardian Records, 1738–1930
Gloucestershire, England, Electoral Registers, 1832–1974
Australia, Newspaper Vital Notices, 1841–2001
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Removes “nation of immigrants” from Mission Statement
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has redefined its mission statement. It no longer includes the phrase “nation of immigrants.” Instead it emphasizes “safeguarding its integrity” and “securing the homeland.” A spokesperson for the agency stated it reflects USCIS director’s “guiding principles for the agency. This includes a focus on fairness, lawfulness and efficiency, protecting American workers and safeguarding the homeland. These key priorities are reflected in the agency's new mission statement.”
Additional information is at https://tinyurl.com/USCISMission.
Mormon Submits Florida Victims for Baptism
Within 24 hours of the shooting at the school in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead, an “overzealous” Mormon submitted the names of the victims for posthumous baptism. Four of the persons were Jewish. The absurdity of the act was that one of the victims was a Mormon who, no doubt, was baptized into the Church during her lifetime. When the Church found out about the deed, they immediately removed the names from their rolls. The action is in violation of Church policy. It is possible the errant individual lost his privileges to submit names for Mormon rites.
A version of the event can be found in a Forward article at https://tinyurl.com/ForwardMormon.
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