Watch U.K. celebrities search for their Irish ancestors
on YouTube – Who do you think you are U.K. edition.
Links below. Hurry, sometimes the links disappear! They are delicious stories!
In 2017 NYC Dept. of Heath and Mental Hygiene proposed a new rule that would affect when birth and death records are made available to the public. Rule goes into effect April 17, 2018 restricting access to birth records until 125 years after a birth and to death records 75 years after a death.
If this rule had been in effect when I applied for and received my Grandfather’s 1949 death certificate after 50 years, access could have been denied until 2024. Already reports have been made of people who have legal rights to records being denied due to inconsistent interpretations of rules by DOH employees.
Although the greater genealogical community fought hard against it, the rule recently passes. Thanks to overwhelming opposition to the plan, the NYDHMH proposed a new amendment allowing more relatives access to these records. However, its expansion only applies to a strict biological lineage that does not consider realities of family life today for adoptees or blended families.
We can let NYC know that the new amendment is an improvement, but greater access is desirable.
When: Monday, April 23 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Where: New York Dept. of Health and Public Hygiend
42-09 28th Street, 3rd Floor, Room 3-32,
Long Island City, NY 11101
For information about the issues involved, please see D. Joshua Taylor, President at the NYG&B at https://www.facebook.com/nyfamilyhistory/videos/1699893130032829/UzpfSTQ5ODIwMDI0MzU4MzIxMDoxNjM0NTE4MjA2NjE4MDY5/
President Donald J. Trump Proclaims March 2020 as Irish-American Heritage Month
The Archdiocese of New York in conjunction with Findmypast has published indexes containing over eight million records dating from 1785 to 1915. These records cover the boroughs of Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island in New York City. Westchester, Ulster, Sullivan, Rockland Putnam, Orange and Dutchess counties are also included.
New York Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms
New York Roman Catholic Marriages
Find My Past info on Catholic Heritage Archive https://www.findmypast.com/catholicrecords
Future Learn presents online courses from the top universities in Europe. They are free unless you choose an upgrade which entitles you to unlimited access to the course and a Certificate of Achievement. For general information go to https://www.futurelearn.com/courses
Check out these courses which might be of particular interest to those of us who are interested in Irish genealogy:
Irish 101: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture
Dublin City University, Dublin
Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Provided by Clare Curtin
From Dick Eastman’s blog March 2020:
DNA Testing Kits: What Are the Privacy Risks?
Call me paranoid but I do believe that some people who have their DNA tested are not aware of all the privacy issues. Quoting from an article by Victoria Mcintosh, a Certified Information Privacy Technologist, as published in the CompariTech web site at http://bit.ly/3csasuC:
Warrant Issued Permitting Police Full Access to GEDmatch Database
Schumer Wants DNA Test Companies Investigated
Nov. 26, 2017 (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.
An article by Dec 11, 2016 “Read the Fine Print” http://www.legalgenealogist.com provides another perspective.
New Developments: Golden State Killer identified through genealogy sites:
Dick Eastman https://blog.eogn.com/2018/04/26/dna-that-cracked-the-golden-state-killer-case-came-from-genealogy-websites/
Fox News http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/04/26/golden-state-killer-caught-using-relatives-dna-from-genealogy-websites-prosecutors-say.html
NBC News Golden State Killer suspect’s capture sparks DNA site privacy fears
Someone Else’s DNA Can be Used to Identify You
More than 60 percent of Americans who have some European ancestry can be identified using DNA databases — even if they have not submitted their own DNA, researchers reported Thursday.
Enough people have done some kind of DNA test to make it possible to match much of the population, the researchers said. So even if you don’t submit your own DNA, if a cousin does, it could lead people to you.
Details may be found in an article by Maggie Fox in the NBC News web site at: https://nbcnews.to/2CckjVT.
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.
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.