Nov. 26 (UPI) — Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called on the Federal Trade Commission Sunday to investigate companies that provide ancestry DNA results due to potential privacy concerns. “What many consumers don’t realize is that their sensitive information can end up in the hands of unknown third-party companies,” Schumer said,
A recent Gizmodo report analyzed the terms and conditions of several DNA test companies and found that these companies can claim ownership of one’s DNA, that it is unclear who has access to your DNA and that information can get leaked.
There is sure to be more on this issue in the coming days.
On October 24 New York’s genealogical community (as well as Reclaim the Records super star Brooke Schreier Ganz) went to the mattresses against NewYork City’s Board of Health. As many of you know the board of health is attempting to restrict access to birth records for 125 years, and death records for 75. As well as redacting the cause of death on death certificates. As genealogists or family historians we know that without the paper trail that makes are family trees we don’t have squat!
Attached is a link to a video of the October 24 public hearing. Listen to thoughtful and sometimes feisty comments of our passionate genealogical community. Get inspired! https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/about/hearings-and-notices/public-meetings-archive.page
NewYork City’s Board of Health likes to do things under the cloak of darkness. You have emailed, mailed and signed petitions, be prepared, there may be another call to action!
Join us, beginner and experienced, to unravel the complexities of genetic DNA testing. The DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island is designed to be a hands-on group experience. Members share and solve problems together in small discussion groups based on level of experience. Individual help is available with DNA results.
Meetings are open to the public. There is no charge for non-members; all are welcome.
Meetings are held: 10:00 to 12:00 noon on the first Saturday of the month in alternate Nassau & Suffolk locations.
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In the May-July 2017 issue of the IFHF’s Newsletter, Barbara Murphy has a wonderful Research Tip.
She recommends John Grenham’s Irish Roots Blog.
A post there is entitled “Why are Irish Records so Weird?” Grenham recently presented the topic for Legacy software’s FamilyTreeWebinars.com library. On his blog, his written discussion is featured. See https://www.johngrenham.com/blog/2017/03/16/why-are-irish-records-so-weird/
2016 Family History is a new, free Irish genealogy education website, brought to you by the National Archives and IrishGenealogy.ie. The site is aimed primarily at secondary school students, but can be used by anyone with Irish ancestors to learn how to use the multiplicity of online sources now available for family history.https://www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/2016-family Click on “2016 Family History” on the toolbar.
Family Tree DNA will now let you transfer your “autosomal” data to Family Tree DNA for FREE. (There is a $19 upgrade available.) That means if you have tested with the sites 23 & Me or Ancestry DNA you can now catch your DNA cousins who have been swimming around in the Family Tree DNA pool only! It’s easy to do! See the attached link for more information. https://www.familytreedna.com/autosomal-transferSee the link to Judy Russel’s blog “The Legal genealogist” for a further description of this news. http://www.legalgenealogist.com/2017/02/19/the-floodgates-open/
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Big News . . FindMyPast has launched an initiative to digitize the records of The Roman Catholic Church from around the World. That includes the NEW WORLD, US! This initiative is called “The Catholic Heritage Archive”. Right now you will find millions of sacramental records from Ireland. It appears that records from England and Philadelphia are already up. And the really big news for folks who’s immigrant ancestors past through New York City, the records of The Archdiocese of New York will be digitized. That project is in the works now. Yay! Can hear the brick walls being shattered! Happy days for my fellow family historians. See the link to Find my past for more information. http://www.findmypast.com/catholicrecords
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