Gary Mokotoff, Editor
Volume 22, Number 19 | My 9, 2021
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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Happy Mother’s Day
Not much to report this week.
Library Archives Canada Announces Delays in Responding to Inquiries
Library Archives Canada (LAC) announced there are delays in responding to Access to Information Act and Privacy Act requests. From 2018/2019 to 2019/2020, LAC recorded a 54% increase in formal Access to Information (ATI) requests and a 170% increase in formal Privacy requests.
This critical situation was compounded by the exceptional measures put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and safety of Canadians and LAC’s employees. Most of these requests involve paper records requiring staff to circulate onsite.
The estimated processing timelines for all types of ATI and Privacy requests related to personnel files concerning military service members and civilians vary from 4 months to 28 months, depending on the type of request.
Additional information is at https://tinyurl.com/kn42kwv7. Reopening plans for LAC can be found at https://tinyurl.com/upxh5zkf.
Findmypast Adds 9M Australian Passenger Records
Findmypast has added more than 9M records to their collection: Australia, Inward, Outward & Coastal Passenger Lists 1826–1972. It can be searched at https://tinyurl.com/4sdd7wnr. You must log in or sign up first.
The list included all members of the Mokotow family—Holocaust survivors—who immigrated to Australia 1949–1951.
Findmypast Says it Will Meet Its Commitment to Release 1921 UK Census In 2022
Despite a three-month shutdown, FindMyPast said that the 1921 census of England and Wales is still due to be released in early 2022. In March 2019, Findmypast announced that they had been awarded the contract to publish the census records online, with a launch date of January 2022.
Since then, the company has been at work scanning and transcribing the records, but the project suffered a three-month shutdown in 2020 and had resumed working at a “much-reduced staffing capacity”.
The announcement can be found at https://tinyurl.com/a5en24em.
New Collections at Ancestry.com
The only addition to Ancestry.com this week is an update to the U.S. 1860 census this week; no doubt a minor update. The list with links to individual collections can be found at https://www.ancestry.com/cs/recent-collections.
FamilySearch Expands U.S. City and Business Directories, ca. 1749 – ca. 1990 By 6.7M Records
A list of recent additions to FamilySearch can be found at https://tinyurl.com/rjw6wze5. This site provides direct links to the individual collections. The major update was adding 6.7M records to the index of United States City and Business Directories, ca. 1749 – ca. 1990.
Other additions total about 675K records. They include records from Albania, Brazil, Canada, Cape Verde, Croatia, Dominican Republic, England, Finland, France, Germany, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Samoa, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela and Zambia
Note that at the website, announced collections may not be complete for the dates specified and will be added at some later date. Also note that counts shown in the announcement are the number added, not the total number available in the collection, which can be greater.
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