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ViewMate translation request: Handwritten Yiddish #general

Joel weiner
 

I have posted four images, each a page of handwritten Yiddish. The are >from a
letter that was sent >from Poland in 1921 by Zelda Glot DUKESKY to my
grandmother's cousin, Max GLOTH. His brother, Louis, used the letter to
justify his application for a U.S. Passport so that he could go back to Poland.
I would like someone to extract any information regarding family members,
there relationship, where they lived, etc. I believe that "Louis," who was
applying for the passport, was referred to as "Joel" by the court-appointed
translator. While in Poland, apparently Louis married "Helen," who was Zelda's
sister. This may have been the only way he was allowed to bring her back to the
USA.

The translator's translation says,
"Dear Uncle Max and Aunt Rose,
I was very happy to receive the 500000 Polish Marks and then your
letter. It is impossible to describe our terrible condition. There are
many orphans left, but I think that sister and I are worse off than
the rest. Thank God for our relatives that I can stay with them. It is
very nice of them to keep me, but they are very poor. There is a young
man who wants to marry me, and sister could stay with me, but I need a
little money for expense. We have nothing left of our belongings, not
even a towel, as the Kezaks took everything we possessed. You can
imagine how happy I was when I received the money which Joel sent to
me. My only hope is to get some relief >from you.

Dear Uncle Joel,
I will never forget you as long as I live, and would ask you to send
$100. If I would have my parents alive, I wouldn't have to write such
a letter. I beg you Joel to write to me often. Why don't you want to
correspond with your niece? You don't have to be ashamed of me. I am
poor, but what can I do? We lost our father so young, who could help
us in such a terrible time.
Trusting that you are all enjoying the best of health, >from me, Zelde."

======================

The links to the four images are:
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM38970
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM38971
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM38972
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM38973

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help with this. If you tell me
that you can only do one page, I will then remove that page from
ViewMate so that there wouldn't be a duplication of effort.

Sincerely,
Joel Weiner

MODERATOR NOTE: Please respond either directly to Joel via email or via the
response box in ViewMate.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen ViewMate translation request: Handwritten Yiddish #general

Joel weiner
 

I have posted four images, each a page of handwritten Yiddish. The are >from a
letter that was sent >from Poland in 1921 by Zelda Glot DUKESKY to my
grandmother's cousin, Max GLOTH. His brother, Louis, used the letter to
justify his application for a U.S. Passport so that he could go back to Poland.
I would like someone to extract any information regarding family members,
there relationship, where they lived, etc. I believe that "Louis," who was
applying for the passport, was referred to as "Joel" by the court-appointed
translator. While in Poland, apparently Louis married "Helen," who was Zelda's
sister. This may have been the only way he was allowed to bring her back to the
USA.

The translator's translation says,
"Dear Uncle Max and Aunt Rose,
I was very happy to receive the 500000 Polish Marks and then your
letter. It is impossible to describe our terrible condition. There are
many orphans left, but I think that sister and I are worse off than
the rest. Thank God for our relatives that I can stay with them. It is
very nice of them to keep me, but they are very poor. There is a young
man who wants to marry me, and sister could stay with me, but I need a
little money for expense. We have nothing left of our belongings, not
even a towel, as the Kezaks took everything we possessed. You can
imagine how happy I was when I received the money which Joel sent to
me. My only hope is to get some relief >from you.

Dear Uncle Joel,
I will never forget you as long as I live, and would ask you to send
$100. If I would have my parents alive, I wouldn't have to write such
a letter. I beg you Joel to write to me often. Why don't you want to
correspond with your niece? You don't have to be ashamed of me. I am
poor, but what can I do? We lost our father so young, who could help
us in such a terrible time.
Trusting that you are all enjoying the best of health, >from me, Zelde."

======================

The links to the four images are:
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM38970
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM38971
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM38972
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM38973

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help with this. If you tell me
that you can only do one page, I will then remove that page from
ViewMate so that there wouldn't be a duplication of effort.

Sincerely,
Joel Weiner

MODERATOR NOTE: Please respond either directly to Joel via email or via the
response box in ViewMate.


Translation Request - Russian #general

WALTER ELIAS
 

I've posted 3 vital records in Russian for which I need a translation. They are
on ViewMate at the following addresses

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM38890
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM38891
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM38896

Please respond via the form provided in the ViewMate application. Thank you very
much.

Walter S. Elias, St. Louis Park, Minnesota USA


LitvakSIG at the Jerusalem Conference #lithuania

Eden Joachim <esjoachim@...>
 

LitvakSIG day will be Tuesday, July 7 during the IAJGS conference in
Jerusalem, July 6-10.

Our luncheon will feature Ephraim Lapid, a Brigadier General (reserve) with
extensive and diverse experience in both the military and public arenas. He
will share "Being the Son of Litvaks." Born and raised in Israel, Lapid grew
up in a household of Yiddish and Hebrew, drawing >from the cultures and ways
of the two gymnasium in Kovno (Kaunas) - Hebrew Riali and Shwabe. He invites
us to enter his world of being a Litvak. Lapid's family emigrated in the
1930s.

The annual LitvakSIG meeting will follow the luncheon and be followed by
Judy Baston's presentation "Researching Your Litvak Heritage With LitvakSIG
-- and Beyond."

Other Litvak related programs and Birds of a Feather (BOF) meetings will
be announced when they are known.

We hope this information will be helpful to those of you planning to attend
only on specific days.

More information about LitvakSIG activities will be posted as they become
available.

For conference information please visit the website http://iajgs2015.org.
LitvakSIG has nothing to do with conference organizing, planning or
execution. Please direct questions to the conference committee.

Eden Joachim
President

MODERATOR'S NOTE: You can now register for the LitvakSIG Luncheon.
Conference organizers announced several days ago that "Registration is
now available on the Registration Form for the Shabbaton, Exploration
Sunday, Breakfast with the Experts, SIG Luncheons and Banquet." If you
have yet to register for the conference, you can include the luncheon
in your registration. If you have already registered, you can update
your registration to include the LitvakSIG luncheon.
S


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Translation Request - Russian #general

WALTER ELIAS
 

I've posted 3 vital records in Russian for which I need a translation. They are
on ViewMate at the following addresses

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM38890
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM38891
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM38896

Please respond via the form provided in the ViewMate application. Thank you very
much.

Walter S. Elias, St. Louis Park, Minnesota USA


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania LitvakSIG at the Jerusalem Conference #lithuania

Eden Joachim <esjoachim@...>
 

LitvakSIG day will be Tuesday, July 7 during the IAJGS conference in
Jerusalem, July 6-10.

Our luncheon will feature Ephraim Lapid, a Brigadier General (reserve) with
extensive and diverse experience in both the military and public arenas. He
will share "Being the Son of Litvaks." Born and raised in Israel, Lapid grew
up in a household of Yiddish and Hebrew, drawing >from the cultures and ways
of the two gymnasium in Kovno (Kaunas) - Hebrew Riali and Shwabe. He invites
us to enter his world of being a Litvak. Lapid's family emigrated in the
1930s.

The annual LitvakSIG meeting will follow the luncheon and be followed by
Judy Baston's presentation "Researching Your Litvak Heritage With LitvakSIG
-- and Beyond."

Other Litvak related programs and Birds of a Feather (BOF) meetings will
be announced when they are known.

We hope this information will be helpful to those of you planning to attend
only on specific days.

More information about LitvakSIG activities will be posted as they become
available.

For conference information please visit the website http://iajgs2015.org.
LitvakSIG has nothing to do with conference organizing, planning or
execution. Please direct questions to the conference committee.

Eden Joachim
President

MODERATOR'S NOTE: You can now register for the LitvakSIG Luncheon.
Conference organizers announced several days ago that "Registration is
now available on the Registration Form for the Shabbaton, Exploration
Sunday, Breakfast with the Experts, SIG Luncheons and Banquet." If you
have yet to register for the conference, you can include the luncheon
in your registration. If you have already registered, you can update
your registration to include the LitvakSIG luncheon.
S


ViewMate: gravestone - Ludwig STRAUSS, Durban, South Africa #general

Ellie Roden
 

I posted an image on Viewmate
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM38976
and would like a translation.

It is of a gravestone of Ludwig STRAUSS in Stellawood Cemetery, Durban, South
Africa (Plot N3). Another burial report states this Ludwig died at age 63.

I think this could be the grave of my cousin but need further verification.

My cousin, Ludwig STRAUSS was born on March 22, 1906 in Grebenau, Germany to
Gabriel and Jettchen Strauss. Ludwig left Germany in the early 1930's for
Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) or Durban, SA

I would be grateful if someone could confirm if this is indeed my cousin. And
if so, I would be very happy to know if he has surviving family members and
how I might contact them.

Thank you.
Ellie Roden
Wilmington, Vermont USA

MODERATOR NOTE: Please response either within the View Mate application or
directly to Ellie via email.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen ViewMate: gravestone - Ludwig STRAUSS, Durban, South Africa #general

Ellie Roden
 

I posted an image on Viewmate
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM38976
and would like a translation.

It is of a gravestone of Ludwig STRAUSS in Stellawood Cemetery, Durban, South
Africa (Plot N3). Another burial report states this Ludwig died at age 63.

I think this could be the grave of my cousin but need further verification.

My cousin, Ludwig STRAUSS was born on March 22, 1906 in Grebenau, Germany to
Gabriel and Jettchen Strauss. Ludwig left Germany in the early 1930's for
Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) or Durban, SA

I would be grateful if someone could confirm if this is indeed my cousin. And
if so, I would be very happy to know if he has surviving family members and
how I might contact them.

Thank you.
Ellie Roden
Wilmington, Vermont USA

MODERATOR NOTE: Please response either within the View Mate application or
directly to Ellie via email.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: From Austria to Venezuela #general

A. E. Jordan
 

From: Pamela Weisberger
You might have luck with the Holland-American Line collection of outbound
passenger record, since that was the line sailing >from Rotterdam.
This will not work because Holland-America Line (Nederlandsche Amerikaansche
Stoomvaart Maatschappij) was a North Atlantic steamship company. They were
founded in 1873 (a predecessor dates to 1871) and continued to offer trans-
Atlantic service between Holland and North America into the 1960s and 1970s.
In 1888 they tried to expand to run to Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina but that
only lasted >from 1888 to 1890. At that point they became strictly a North
Atlantic carrier. I do not believe they ever maintained any regular service
to Venezuela except for cruises >from New York.

There were several other shipping firms that provided service to South America
although Venezuela is mostly in the shipping parlance linked with the Central
America service. Shipping firms most often refer to South American service
when they are thinking of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay.

from 1906 to 1936 there was a firm called Koninklijke Hollandsche Lloyd (Royal
Holland Lloyd) but they also stopped service too early for this question.

If it was a Dutch ship that this person sailed on the most likely candidates
would be ships >from Rotterdam-Zuid Amerika Lijn (Rotterdam South American Line).
They had two cargo ships that carried 24 passengers each in the 1939-1940 time
frame. The ships were the Alphacca and the Alpherat and they also had a few
smaller cargo ships that carried 12 passengers each. I think the ones in
service at this time would have been the Alcyone and the Aldabi plus maybe
ships called Alchiba, Gemma, Algorab, Alhena, Aldura, Zosmar, and Alwaki. They
were all small freighters carrying only a few passengers.

I have no idea if any records survive >from this shipping company. The firm was
still in business into the 1980s but only operating cargo ships.

Pamela mentioned the Rotterdam City Archives which has some information and
might be worth contacting.

Also Rotterdam has a large maritime museum which also has an extensive research
library/collection. You might try contacting them for more information. They
might also be able to put you in touch with a Dutch maritime historian who
might have more details on what ships were sailing in this period.

That would be your best bets, I think.

Allan Jordan

PS -- In addition to the genealogy I am a maritime historian


Re: From Austria to Venezuela #general

A. E. Jordan
 

From: Pamela Weisberger
You might have luck with the Holland-American Line collection of outbound
passenger record, since that was the line sailing >from Rotterdam.
This will not work because Holland-America Line (Nederlandsche Amerikaansche
Stoomvaart Maatschappij) was a North Atlantic steamship company. They were
founded in 1873 (a predecessor dates to 1871) and continued to offer trans-
Atlantic service between Holland and North America into the 1960s and 1970s.
In 1888 they tried to expand to run to Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina but that
only lasted >from 1888 to 1890. At that point they became strictly a North
Atlantic carrier. I do not believe they ever maintained any regular service
to Venezuela except for cruises >from New York.

There were several other shipping firms that provided service to South America
although Venezuela is mostly in the shipping parlance linked with the Central
America service. Shipping firms most often refer to South American service
when they are thinking of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay.

from 1906 to 1936 there was a firm called Koninklijke Hollandsche Lloyd (Royal
Holland Lloyd) but they also stopped service too early for this question.

If it was a Dutch ship that this person sailed on the most likely candidates
would be ships >from Rotterdam-Zuid Amerika Lijn (Rotterdam South American Line).
They had two cargo ships that carried 24 passengers each in the 1939-1940 time
frame. The ships were the Alphacca and the Alpherat and they also had a few
smaller cargo ships that carried 12 passengers each. I think the ones in
service at this time would have been the Alcyone and the Aldabi plus maybe
ships called Alchiba, Gemma, Algorab, Alhena, Aldura, Zosmar, and Alwaki. They
were all small freighters carrying only a few passengers.

I have no idea if any records survive >from this shipping company. The firm was
still in business into the 1980s but only operating cargo ships.

Pamela mentioned the Rotterdam City Archives which has some information and
might be worth contacting.

Also Rotterdam has a large maritime museum which also has an extensive research
library/collection. You might try contacting them for more information. They
might also be able to put you in touch with a Dutch maritime historian who
might have more details on what ships were sailing in this period.

That would be your best bets, I think.

Allan Jordan

PS -- In addition to the genealogy I am a maritime historian


TV show Plock, Poland #poland

Joan Parker <parker5850@...>
 

Last Thursday on public TV in Miami was a program called, " A promise
to my father." It was a holocaust survivor story of which there have
been many >from various areas and usually about Auschwitz. But this
one had special meaning as it was the story of Izzy Arbeiter's return
to his city and of course the camp. This is the first time I saw a
survivor's story that involved Plock. although there may be others.

Being on public TV no doubt it will be repeated in your area.

Below is a wonderful article and includes a seven-minute
snippet.Please use copy/paste into your browser.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/survivor-returns-to-poland-to-
dig-up-family-history-literally/

Happy Passover,
Joan

Joan Parker
Immediate Past President
JGS of Greater Miami, Inc.
1) GOLDBERG,GOULD, GOODSTEIN/GUDSTEIN, BERGER, JAGODA/YAGODA--Lipno and Plock,
Poland-Russia; Galveston, TX; Bronx and Brooklyn, NY.
2) PARKER, PINKUS/PINCUS, WINOGRAD, ROSEN, (GERSHO-BEROVNA?)--Brest
Litovsk), Belarus; Grodno, Russia; Bronx and Brooklyn, NY.
WEISS, NEIBERG, DEL PINO--Brooklyn, NY.
3) GELFAND, KATZ, TROCK, KRITZOF--Berezin/Bresin, Kodima, Minsk,
Belarus, Bronx, NY, Miami and Miami Beach, FL


JRI Poland #Poland TV show Plock, Poland #poland

Joan Parker <parker5850@...>
 

Last Thursday on public TV in Miami was a program called, " A promise
to my father." It was a holocaust survivor story of which there have
been many >from various areas and usually about Auschwitz. But this
one had special meaning as it was the story of Izzy Arbeiter's return
to his city and of course the camp. This is the first time I saw a
survivor's story that involved Plock. although there may be others.

Being on public TV no doubt it will be repeated in your area.

Below is a wonderful article and includes a seven-minute
snippet.Please use copy/paste into your browser.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/survivor-returns-to-poland-to-
dig-up-family-history-literally/

Happy Passover,
Joan

Joan Parker
Immediate Past President
JGS of Greater Miami, Inc.
1) GOLDBERG,GOULD, GOODSTEIN/GUDSTEIN, BERGER, JAGODA/YAGODA--Lipno and Plock,
Poland-Russia; Galveston, TX; Bronx and Brooklyn, NY.
2) PARKER, PINKUS/PINCUS, WINOGRAD, ROSEN, (GERSHO-BEROVNA?)--Brest
Litovsk), Belarus; Grodno, Russia; Bronx and Brooklyn, NY.
WEISS, NEIBERG, DEL PINO--Brooklyn, NY.
3) GELFAND, KATZ, TROCK, KRITZOF--Berezin/Bresin, Kodima, Minsk,
Belarus, Bronx, NY, Miami and Miami Beach, FL


CHAG SAMEACH #lithuania

Brentsi
 

Shalom Eden and all the team,

A word of thanks for your endless, excellent work always appreciated !
Wishing you Chag sameach for Pesach and looking forward to July in
Jerusalem.

Bevirkat shalom,
Brenda Habshush.
Kibbutz Sde Boker, Negev, Israel.

(Forever searching for Bernsteins >from Kremenchug)


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania CHAG SAMEACH #lithuania

Brentsi
 

Shalom Eden and all the team,

A word of thanks for your endless, excellent work always appreciated !
Wishing you Chag sameach for Pesach and looking forward to July in
Jerusalem.

Bevirkat shalom,
Brenda Habshush.
Kibbutz Sde Boker, Negev, Israel.

(Forever searching for Bernsteins >from Kremenchug)


Internal Passports added to Litvak SIG ALD #lithuania

Howard Margol
 

3,888 Internal Passports, 1919-1940 have just been added to the Litvak SIG
All Lithuania Database (ALD). Most of these records are for the Vilnius
District but the following districts are also included - Siauliai and Trakai.

The place of birth is included in most of the records. Towns >from all over
Lithuania and Belarus are included. Many records include various documents
of great importance.

All of these records were translated 18 to 20 months ago and have been
available on the https://vilniusinternalpassports19191940.shutterfly.com/ web
site at that time. Contributors to the Vilnius internal passports Special
Project have immediate access to the records as they are translated.
If you are not a contributor, and would like to get immediate access to
these translations go to www.litvaksig.org/contribute and contribute $100
designated for the Special Projects - Internal Passports.

These 3,888 internal passport records are now available on the Litvak SIG
ALD at no charge.

Howard Margol
Founder - Coordinator - Internal Passport Project


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Internal Passports added to Litvak SIG ALD #lithuania

Howard Margol
 

3,888 Internal Passports, 1919-1940 have just been added to the Litvak SIG
All Lithuania Database (ALD). Most of these records are for the Vilnius
District but the following districts are also included - Siauliai and Trakai.

The place of birth is included in most of the records. Towns >from all over
Lithuania and Belarus are included. Many records include various documents
of great importance.

All of these records were translated 18 to 20 months ago and have been
available on the https://vilniusinternalpassports19191940.shutterfly.com/ web
site at that time. Contributors to the Vilnius internal passports Special
Project have immediate access to the records as they are translated.
If you are not a contributor, and would like to get immediate access to
these translations go to www.litvaksig.org/contribute and contribute $100
designated for the Special Projects - Internal Passports.

These 3,888 internal passport records are now available on the Litvak SIG
ALD at no charge.

Howard Margol
Founder - Coordinator - Internal Passport Project


Re: Seeking help with COHEN/VOLK/WOLK surname #general

Martin Davis (com)
 

Scott Ehrlich wrote: "Last night I spoke with a COHEN cousin.......he said,
with solid confidence, that the family name was **not** originally COHEN,
but VOLK or WOLK (which may have been, according to him, Wolkavichki or
however you might spell it)...With this fascinating new detail, how common
is this surname?"

The given name Valk (Yiddish) and its variants such as Volk, Wolk etc are
derived >from the Hebrew name Rafael. The name falls into that group of
Hebrew to Yiddish given names which are 'first syllable truncations'. If
then the original family name of Scott' ancestors was Wolkavichki it would
suggest that this was a Jewish patronymic derived >from the given name of a
male ancestor named Rafael who live in the 18th century. For further
reference a good place to start would be the Lithuanian Jewish Database at
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Lithuania/ .

Martin Davis
London (UK)


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Seeking help with COHEN/VOLK/WOLK surname #general

Martin Davis (com)
 

Scott Ehrlich wrote: "Last night I spoke with a COHEN cousin.......he said,
with solid confidence, that the family name was **not** originally COHEN,
but VOLK or WOLK (which may have been, according to him, Wolkavichki or
however you might spell it)...With this fascinating new detail, how common
is this surname?"

The given name Valk (Yiddish) and its variants such as Volk, Wolk etc are
derived >from the Hebrew name Rafael. The name falls into that group of
Hebrew to Yiddish given names which are 'first syllable truncations'. If
then the original family name of Scott' ancestors was Wolkavichki it would
suggest that this was a Jewish patronymic derived >from the given name of a
male ancestor named Rafael who live in the 18th century. For further
reference a good place to start would be the Lithuanian Jewish Database at
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Lithuania/ .

Martin Davis
London (UK)


(UK) Deregulation Act Receives Royal Assent #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

On February 6 I posted to this discussion list that the House of Lords had
agreed to amend the deregulation bill before them. The bill allowed allow
for publication about information on birth, marriage and death certificates
in England and Wales to be issued in a manner other than certified copies.
The bill received Royal Assent on March 26, 2015. In the UK once a bill has
completed going through both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, it
must have Royal Assent before it can become law. According to the UK
Parliament website the Queen's agreement to give a bill her assent is a
formality and a Royal Assent has not been given in person since 1854.

To read the Deregulation Act 2015 see:
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2015/20/contents/enacted/data.htm

There are many parts to the bill, but genealogists are most interested in
(section 98) about births and deaths and (section 99) about marriages and
civil partnerships. It allows the Minister to promulgate regulations to
define how a person may access the records, the charges that may be imposed,
how the record may be formatted and the type of record that may be issued.
It will allow for the General Records Office (GRO)* to provide information
from the birth, marriage and death registers in digital format or as an
uncertified copy. This could mean online records for older records (similar
to systems currently enjoyed by Scotland and Northern Ireland) It is not
known at this time what the costs will be or whether there will be free
searches online. When the regulations are promulgated more information will
be known.

* The GRO oversees civil registration in England and Wales. It maintains
the national archive of births, marriages and deaths since 1837. The GRO is
part of the Passport office which in turn is part of the Home Office. The
GRO website may be visited at:
http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/

These changes will require IT changes and that means some time is required
that the bill is finally passed. Please be patient.

The amendments to the Deregulation Act were a result of the efforts by the
Society of Genealogists. This is a great example of how genealogists can
influence actions.

Thank you to Peter Calver and the Lost Cousins Newsletter for alerting us
to the Royal Assent and passage of the new law.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen (UK) Deregulation Act Receives Royal Assent #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

On February 6 I posted to this discussion list that the House of Lords had
agreed to amend the deregulation bill before them. The bill allowed allow
for publication about information on birth, marriage and death certificates
in England and Wales to be issued in a manner other than certified copies.
The bill received Royal Assent on March 26, 2015. In the UK once a bill has
completed going through both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, it
must have Royal Assent before it can become law. According to the UK
Parliament website the Queen's agreement to give a bill her assent is a
formality and a Royal Assent has not been given in person since 1854.

To read the Deregulation Act 2015 see:
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2015/20/contents/enacted/data.htm

There are many parts to the bill, but genealogists are most interested in
(section 98) about births and deaths and (section 99) about marriages and
civil partnerships. It allows the Minister to promulgate regulations to
define how a person may access the records, the charges that may be imposed,
how the record may be formatted and the type of record that may be issued.
It will allow for the General Records Office (GRO)* to provide information
from the birth, marriage and death registers in digital format or as an
uncertified copy. This could mean online records for older records (similar
to systems currently enjoyed by Scotland and Northern Ireland) It is not
known at this time what the costs will be or whether there will be free
searches online. When the regulations are promulgated more information will
be known.

* The GRO oversees civil registration in England and Wales. It maintains
the national archive of births, marriages and deaths since 1837. The GRO is
part of the Passport office which in turn is part of the Home Office. The
GRO website may be visited at:
http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/

These changes will require IT changes and that means some time is required
that the bill is finally passed. Please be patient.

The amendments to the Deregulation Act were a result of the efforts by the
Society of Genealogists. This is a great example of how genealogists can
influence actions.

Thank you to Peter Calver and the Lost Cousins Newsletter for alerting us
to the Royal Assent and passage of the new law.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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