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Re: Headstone Repair in Vienna #galicia

Palekaiko
 

To all who responded, a huge "Thank You".

Michael Diamant


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Headstone Repair in Vienna #general

Palekaiko
 

To all who responded, a huge "Thank You".

Michael Diamant


Anyone visiting Waldheim cemetery Illinois #general

russell
 

Hello All,

Can anyone help?

Is anyone visiting Waldheim Cemetery, Forest Park, Illinois. I would like to
get some pictures.

After many years I have just stepped over a Brick Wall and would like to confirm
(with my own eyes) a family connection and a new line of research.

I can visit cemeteries in London, England to reciprocate.

Please contact me if you can help.

Thanks for reading.

Russell Vaughan
London, England


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Anyone visiting Waldheim cemetery Illinois #general

russell
 

Hello All,

Can anyone help?

Is anyone visiting Waldheim Cemetery, Forest Park, Illinois. I would like to
get some pictures.

After many years I have just stepped over a Brick Wall and would like to confirm
(with my own eyes) a family connection and a new line of research.

I can visit cemeteries in London, England to reciprocate.

Please contact me if you can help.

Thanks for reading.

Russell Vaughan
London, England


ViewMate - do you recognize - Wedding photos Palestine 1945. #general

nigel wilson <wilsonettess@...>
 

Dear Genners,

I've posted 2 photographs of 'someones' wedding in Palestine March 1945. (probably
Tel-Aviv)

My late father was serving in the British Army for a short while in Palestine and
as he is featured in both photographs he must have been close to the couple being
married, but who were they?

I would love to be able to pass these photos on to the family concerned

Both photos are on ViewMate at the following addresses.

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM27758

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM27760

If you recognize anyone please respond via the form provided in the ViewMate
application.

Thank you.

Patricia Wilson (Israel)


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen ViewMate - do you recognize - Wedding photos Palestine 1945. #general

nigel wilson <wilsonettess@...>
 

Dear Genners,

I've posted 2 photographs of 'someones' wedding in Palestine March 1945. (probably
Tel-Aviv)

My late father was serving in the British Army for a short while in Palestine and
as he is featured in both photographs he must have been close to the couple being
married, but who were they?

I would love to be able to pass these photos on to the family concerned

Both photos are on ViewMate at the following addresses.

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM27758

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM27760

If you recognize anyone please respond via the form provided in the ViewMate
application.

Thank you.

Patricia Wilson (Israel)


Do you know these Polish airmen ? #general

Rita
 

Do you recognise these Polish airmen ? My parents owned a boarding house in
Brighton UK for Polish airmen on leave in WW2. I have posted 2 photos of them with
me as a child & was wondering if anyone Recognised them ? I do not know if they are
Jewish or not. I thought if they were known it might be nice for someone to have a
photo of their relative. Please respond on viewmate or to my e-mail address.

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM27725
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM27724

Rita Park

New South Wales
Australia.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Do you know these Polish airmen ? #general

Rita
 

Do you recognise these Polish airmen ? My parents owned a boarding house in
Brighton UK for Polish airmen on leave in WW2. I have posted 2 photos of them with
me as a child & was wondering if anyone Recognised them ? I do not know if they are
Jewish or not. I thought if they were known it might be nice for someone to have a
photo of their relative. Please respond on viewmate or to my e-mail address.

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM27725
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM27724

Rita Park

New South Wales
Australia.


U.S. CONSULAR REGISTRATION CERTIFICATES, 1907-1918 #lithuania

Ann Rabinowitz
 

One of the helpful databases on Ancestry.com is the U.S. Consular
Registration Certificates, 1907-1918. This is where American citizens
abroad registered at the consular or legation office where they were either
visiting, studying or living. Details such as the name of the registrant;
consulate where registered; date and place of birth; general travel data;
names, places of birth; and residences of spouse and children; and
registrant's current place of residence; were amongst those on the
Registration Certificates according to Ancestry.com.

Quite a number of those registered, many of whom were women, who
had returned to Europe to visit their families, expressed a desire to
return home to America as soon as possible as they were caught in the
turmoil of a world at war. Many stated that they had lost their passports,
run out of money and their relatives had none either, and other indigent
circumstances.

Several examples of registrations taken at the Riga American Consulate are
as follows: Mrs. Pauline Rabinowitz, born August 22, 1891, Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, who left America on March 10, 1914 and arrived in Riga on
March 29, 1914. Pauline had no children and was visiting relatives.
She resided at Schwimstrasse 24, Riga, Latvia, care of Mrs. Bettie Kohen.
Contacts in case of emergency were her husband Harry Rabinowitz or Mrs.
Becky Harrison, 862 Jennings Street, New York, NY. Her husband Harry was
born in Kelme, and was temporarily residing in Johannesburg, South Africa,
because of business. There was also a statement by Pauline that she was
going to join her husband in South Africa or return home as soon as
possible after visiting her relatives. The only pertinent fact missing
was her maiden name.

Another registration in Riga was: Mrs. Adele Clarson, born June 23, 1886,
in Talsen, Latvia, who left her residence at 260 Sydney Street,
Cambridge, Massachusetts, on June 25, 1914, and arrived in Latvia on
July 10, 1914, with the intent of visiting her parents. Her address where
she was staying was Grossestrasse, Sassmaken, pr. Talsen, Kurland, Russia.
She was married to Albert Clarson, who had been born in Riga and she was
traveling with her young children: Elvira Clarson, born April 4, 1909,
Somerville, MA; Beatrice Clarson, born June 24, 1910, South Boston, MA;
and Adelia Clarson, born July 12, 1912, South Boston, MA. Imagine traveling
with three children all under five years of age!

Yet another Riga registration was: Mrs. Albert Sulzberger (maiden name
Mamie Caro), who was born March 27, 1889, in Riga, Latvia, and who was
visiting her relatives. Traveling with her was her daughter Lottie
Sulzberger, who was born January 31, 1909, in Philipsburg, NJ. She was
residing at Kleine Munzstrasse 16, Q4, care of Mrs. Press. Her husband Alb=
ert was born in Lodz, Poland. They lived in Paterson, NJ, at 18 Lane
Street.

Apart >from the registrations >from Europe there were also ones from
mother parts of the world such as those of Jewish students studying in
yeshivas in Mea Shearim such as Mordechai Rabinowitz, and those in
Melbourne, Australia, such as Isard Zeltner, studying oil skin and
waterproof manufacturing, and other such pursuits. There was also those
individuals who left America to find work such as Jack Zemel who went
to Vancouver, Canada, to work as a signwriter. And others, who went on
business such as Joseph Zimmelman, who was born in Poland and went to
Buenos Aires to sell diamonds for Weinberg Brothers in NYC. His wife and
six children also lived in Argentina.

If you wish to delve further into documents of this period, there are also
U.S. Consular Registration Applications, 1916-1925, for those who wished
to extend their stays abroad. These applications are just as interesting
as the Registration Certificates. One, in particular, was for a Charles R.
Cantor, the son of Abraham Cantor, born Kurland, December 1, 1876, who was
a major hotel, saloon and cabaret owner in the Panama Canal Zone. He left
America in 1913 and was married to Celia Frank. The documents in his file
provided not only a fascinating business history, but one of his charitable
endeavors as well. As the consul wrote in one document, Charles R. Cantor
"was known by every soldier and sailor on the Isthmus and there is not one
that would not do almost anything for him."

Ann Rabinowitz
annrab@bellsouth.net


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania U.S. CONSULAR REGISTRATION CERTIFICATES, 1907-1918 #lithuania

Ann Rabinowitz
 

One of the helpful databases on Ancestry.com is the U.S. Consular
Registration Certificates, 1907-1918. This is where American citizens
abroad registered at the consular or legation office where they were either
visiting, studying or living. Details such as the name of the registrant;
consulate where registered; date and place of birth; general travel data;
names, places of birth; and residences of spouse and children; and
registrant's current place of residence; were amongst those on the
Registration Certificates according to Ancestry.com.

Quite a number of those registered, many of whom were women, who
had returned to Europe to visit their families, expressed a desire to
return home to America as soon as possible as they were caught in the
turmoil of a world at war. Many stated that they had lost their passports,
run out of money and their relatives had none either, and other indigent
circumstances.

Several examples of registrations taken at the Riga American Consulate are
as follows: Mrs. Pauline Rabinowitz, born August 22, 1891, Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, who left America on March 10, 1914 and arrived in Riga on
March 29, 1914. Pauline had no children and was visiting relatives.
She resided at Schwimstrasse 24, Riga, Latvia, care of Mrs. Bettie Kohen.
Contacts in case of emergency were her husband Harry Rabinowitz or Mrs.
Becky Harrison, 862 Jennings Street, New York, NY. Her husband Harry was
born in Kelme, and was temporarily residing in Johannesburg, South Africa,
because of business. There was also a statement by Pauline that she was
going to join her husband in South Africa or return home as soon as
possible after visiting her relatives. The only pertinent fact missing
was her maiden name.

Another registration in Riga was: Mrs. Adele Clarson, born June 23, 1886,
in Talsen, Latvia, who left her residence at 260 Sydney Street,
Cambridge, Massachusetts, on June 25, 1914, and arrived in Latvia on
July 10, 1914, with the intent of visiting her parents. Her address where
she was staying was Grossestrasse, Sassmaken, pr. Talsen, Kurland, Russia.
She was married to Albert Clarson, who had been born in Riga and she was
traveling with her young children: Elvira Clarson, born April 4, 1909,
Somerville, MA; Beatrice Clarson, born June 24, 1910, South Boston, MA;
and Adelia Clarson, born July 12, 1912, South Boston, MA. Imagine traveling
with three children all under five years of age!

Yet another Riga registration was: Mrs. Albert Sulzberger (maiden name
Mamie Caro), who was born March 27, 1889, in Riga, Latvia, and who was
visiting her relatives. Traveling with her was her daughter Lottie
Sulzberger, who was born January 31, 1909, in Philipsburg, NJ. She was
residing at Kleine Munzstrasse 16, Q4, care of Mrs. Press. Her husband Alb=
ert was born in Lodz, Poland. They lived in Paterson, NJ, at 18 Lane
Street.

Apart >from the registrations >from Europe there were also ones from
mother parts of the world such as those of Jewish students studying in
yeshivas in Mea Shearim such as Mordechai Rabinowitz, and those in
Melbourne, Australia, such as Isard Zeltner, studying oil skin and
waterproof manufacturing, and other such pursuits. There was also those
individuals who left America to find work such as Jack Zemel who went
to Vancouver, Canada, to work as a signwriter. And others, who went on
business such as Joseph Zimmelman, who was born in Poland and went to
Buenos Aires to sell diamonds for Weinberg Brothers in NYC. His wife and
six children also lived in Argentina.

If you wish to delve further into documents of this period, there are also
U.S. Consular Registration Applications, 1916-1925, for those who wished
to extend their stays abroad. These applications are just as interesting
as the Registration Certificates. One, in particular, was for a Charles R.
Cantor, the son of Abraham Cantor, born Kurland, December 1, 1876, who was
a major hotel, saloon and cabaret owner in the Panama Canal Zone. He left
America in 1913 and was married to Celia Frank. The documents in his file
provided not only a fascinating business history, but one of his charitable
endeavors as well. As the consul wrote in one document, Charles R. Cantor
"was known by every soldier and sailor on the Isthmus and there is not one
that would not do almost anything for him."

Ann Rabinowitz
annrab@bellsouth.net


JGS of Illinois meeting: Sunday, June 30, 2013 - My Cousin, The Gangster #general

Martin Fischer
 

Subject: JGS of Illinois June 30, 2013, meeting: My Cousin, The Gangster
Date: Sunday, June 30, 2013 Time: 2 p.m.
Place: Temple Beth Israel 3601 W. Dempster Street Skokie, Illinois
Topic: My Cousin, The Gangster
Mike Karsen, president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, will present
his program titled My Cousin, The Gangster at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 30, 2013, at the
JGSI annual meeting in Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie.

Karsen will explain how he sorted through information in newspapers, books and
websites to determine what was true and what was speculation about his relative
Frank Frost, AKA Frank Foster, a real Chicago gangster who worked for Al Capone.

Besides being active in JGSI, Karsen is also a member of the Association of
Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and he compiled
JewishGens Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland.

The JGSI meeting facilities at Temple Beth Israel will open at 12:30 p.m. to
accommodate members/guests who want to use or borrow genealogy library materials,
get help with genealogy websites on the Internet, or ask genealogical questions
before the main program begins. For more information, visit http://jgsi.org/ or
phone (312) 666-0100.

Martin Fischer
Vice President-Publicity, JGSI


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen JGS of Illinois meeting: Sunday, June 30, 2013 - My Cousin, The Gangster #general

Martin Fischer
 

Subject: JGS of Illinois June 30, 2013, meeting: My Cousin, The Gangster
Date: Sunday, June 30, 2013 Time: 2 p.m.
Place: Temple Beth Israel 3601 W. Dempster Street Skokie, Illinois
Topic: My Cousin, The Gangster
Mike Karsen, president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, will present
his program titled My Cousin, The Gangster at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 30, 2013, at the
JGSI annual meeting in Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie.

Karsen will explain how he sorted through information in newspapers, books and
websites to determine what was true and what was speculation about his relative
Frank Frost, AKA Frank Foster, a real Chicago gangster who worked for Al Capone.

Besides being active in JGSI, Karsen is also a member of the Association of
Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and he compiled
JewishGens Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland.

The JGSI meeting facilities at Temple Beth Israel will open at 12:30 p.m. to
accommodate members/guests who want to use or borrow genealogy library materials,
get help with genealogy websites on the Internet, or ask genealogical questions
before the main program begins. For more information, visit http://jgsi.org/ or
phone (312) 666-0100.

Martin Fischer
Vice President-Publicity, JGSI


ViewMate translation request #galicia

Martin Wahlen <mwahlen@...>
 

Dear Genners

I've posted part of a vital record in German for which I need a
(loose) translation at the following address
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM27732
Please respond via the form provided in the ViewMate application.
Thank you very much.

Martin


Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia ViewMate translation request #galicia

Martin Wahlen <mwahlen@...>
 

Dear Genners

I've posted part of a vital record in German for which I need a
(loose) translation at the following address
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM27732
Please respond via the form provided in the ViewMate application.
Thank you very much.

Martin


Anyone visiting Pantin Cemetery, Paris? #france

apollo@...
 

If anyone is planning to visit the Pantin Cemetery in Paris in the
forseeable future, I would be tremendously grateful if you would be willing
to find the gravesites of three of my relatives there, and would be even
more grateful for photographs of their tombstones (or of whatever is left of
their tombstones). Please reply privately and I will provide you with their
names and details.

Thanking you in advance,

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay,
Raanana, Israel.

Researching: BULWA/BULWAR/BULWER, PELTZMAN, SZTORC (Rawa Mazowiecka, Lodz);
FRENKIEL, FERLIPTER (Belz); KALUSZYNER, KUSMIERSKI, KASZKIET (Kaluszyn,
Lodz); KUZKA, RZETELNY, SIENNICKI, WROBEL (Kaluszyn); KRYSKA, HABIELSKA
(Sieradz, Lodz); LICHTENSZTAJN, SAPIR (Kiernozia, Wyszogrod, Lodz); WAKS,
BEKER, BERKOWICZ, ENGEL (Nowe Miasto nad Pilica); BORNSZTAJN (Lodz; family
of Moshe Hersz,1879-1942), ROZENBERG, WEISKOPF (Przedborz); NAJFELD (Lodz;
family of Szulem Berek & Estera nee KASZKIET); GOLDSZTEJN (Lodz; family of
Szmerel & Itta nee ZYMERVOGEL, both d. WWII).


French SIG #France Anyone visiting Pantin Cemetery, Paris? #france

apollo@...
 

If anyone is planning to visit the Pantin Cemetery in Paris in the
forseeable future, I would be tremendously grateful if you would be willing
to find the gravesites of three of my relatives there, and would be even
more grateful for photographs of their tombstones (or of whatever is left of
their tombstones). Please reply privately and I will provide you with their
names and details.

Thanking you in advance,

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay,
Raanana, Israel.

Researching: BULWA/BULWAR/BULWER, PELTZMAN, SZTORC (Rawa Mazowiecka, Lodz);
FRENKIEL, FERLIPTER (Belz); KALUSZYNER, KUSMIERSKI, KASZKIET (Kaluszyn,
Lodz); KUZKA, RZETELNY, SIENNICKI, WROBEL (Kaluszyn); KRYSKA, HABIELSKA
(Sieradz, Lodz); LICHTENSZTAJN, SAPIR (Kiernozia, Wyszogrod, Lodz); WAKS,
BEKER, BERKOWICZ, ENGEL (Nowe Miasto nad Pilica); BORNSZTAJN (Lodz; family
of Moshe Hersz,1879-1942), ROZENBERG, WEISKOPF (Przedborz); NAJFELD (Lodz;
family of Szulem Berek & Estera nee KASZKIET); GOLDSZTEJN (Lodz; family of
Szmerel & Itta nee ZYMERVOGEL, both d. WWII).


FamilySearch Granted Access By CNIL to Parish and Civil Registrations; European Union Right to Privacy on the Internet and Records; IAJGS Records Access Alert #france

Jan Meisels Allen
 

Below are several items of interest for the French SIG subscribers:

1. Last month while at the National Genealogy Society conference, Dennis
Brimhall, CEO of FamilySearch mentioned that a recent French court
decision was opening records and that FamilySearch was going to take
advantage of obtaining the records within the legal time constraints
permitted. I contacted Rosanne Leeson to inquire if she had any
information about this, and she had not. However several weeks later
the French Genealogy Blog did which Rosanne kindly shared with me and is
allowing me to post about this rather than she. Here is the link:
http://french-genealogy.typepad.com/genealogie/
scroll down to the June 7 posting where Mme. Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin,
the current president of the CNIL (the Commission Nationale de
l'Informatique et des Libertes) has granted authority to
FamilySearch to: Preserve parish and civil registrations, ten-year
indices to them as well as census returns, in order to publish
the data online, under certain conditions, and transfer the personal
data of the above, again under certain conditions,
to the United States, in order to index that data

The restrictions are listed in the article- and there are many which can
be read in the link listed above. The full decision is on LegiFrance:
http://tinyurl.com/mdvq48o
Original url:
http://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichCnil.do?oldAction=3DrechExpCnil&id=3D=
CNILTEXT000027447583&fastReqId=3D1548183914&fastPos=3D1

While the decision is written in French both Google and Chrome have free
translation programs on their websites for those who require a translation.

The article does question if this will come to be due to the amount of
hoops that Family Search must go through and the article also
raises an interesting question if FamilySearch received this
opportunity because theyare free access to the user while other
organizations which require paid subscriptions or charge for
access have previously been denied such access.

While it certainly is hoped that this access is fully granted as it will
bring the long-awaited indexing of all French parish and civil
registrations, thus for the first time allowing them to be searched
centrally.

2. [>from May 24 IAJGS Records Access Alert in part ] Earlier this
May the civil liberties committee of the European Parliament met
to discuss the latest draft of Europe's Data Protection Regulation.
The proposals for the overhaul of the European Union's [EU] data
protection laws come >from the European Commission. The original
laws date >from 1995, and need to be updated for the Internet Age.
According to Wikipedia the scope of the proposed regulation update
applies if the data controller or processor(organization) or the
data subject (person) is based in the EU.

Furthermore(and unlike the current Directive) the Regulation also
applies to organizations based outside the European Union if
they process personal data of EU residents. The European Union
defines personal data as any information relating to an individual,
whether it relates to his or her private, professional or public life.
It can be anything >from a name, a photo, an email address, bank details,
posts on social networking websites,medical information, or a
computer's IP address." The plan is to create one
directly applicable regulation to replace 27 different national data
protection and privacy laws. There is no consensus as to the public
services aspects and the expected vote on May 29 has been postponed
probably to late June or mid July. To read more about the delayed
vote go to:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2038072/eu-data-protection-vote-delayed-again.html

At its April 2013 meeting in Amsterdam, the Steering Committee of
the Section of Professional Associations of the International Council on
Archives (ICA SPA) expressed its concern about the draft European Data
Protection Regulation. Their concern is that it will result in the
destruction of personal data. They also refer people to the French
Association of Archivists AAF. To read their
concern and for the link to the French Association of Archivists and
what they suggest go to: http://www.ica.org/? lid=3D14318.
(It is written in English) The French archivists state the
reason for the European Parliament proposal including the provision
on organizations based outside of the European Union is to prevent internet
companies >from retaining and using personal information. They believe
data needs to be preserved with controlled access.
[>from June 17 Records Access Alert in part] In the June 17 edition
of the New York Times there is an article on the Association of French
Archivists and the European Union's measures would grant Internet users a
right to be forgotten, letting them delete damaging references to
themselves in search engines, appear to be in conflict. To try to
soften the EU's position the Association of French Archivists started
a petition which currently has 50,000 names which
they plan to present to the EU lawmakers.
However, there are many other suggestions for modification and the
recent disclosure of the US government's PRISM program may effect what
the EU does to soften or not. To read the article go to:
http://tinyurl.com/lnneaen
Original url:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/17/technology/archivists-in-france-push-ag=
ainst-privacy-movement.html?emc=3Deta1&_r=3D0


3. The above information on the European Union and the French Archivists
are the types of information that are purpose of the IAJGS Records Access
Alert.
IAJGS may be able to promote advocacy which would be included in the
posting on the alert where advocacy is not permitted on the listserves
hosted by JewishGen such as the French SIG. Therefore, if you are
invited to subscribe to the IAJGS Records Access Alert-it is free.
To read more about the European Union and the French Archivists you
can access the Alerts archives, but you are required to be a
Registered Alerts subscriber.

To register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert go to:
http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/listinfo/records-access-alerts and
follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and
JGS/JHS/SIG/JewishGen affiliation. You will receive an email
response that you have to reply to or the subscription will
not be finalized.

If you want full details of the postings please go to the Records Access
Alert and access the archives:
http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/private/records-access-alerts/


Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


[USA] CA AB 76 #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

Earlier I sent you the news that Assembly Speaker Perez decided to have SB 71 the
companion bill to AB 76 introduced without the provision that would amend the
California Public Records Act and that was published in the Sacramento Bee late
today To read about this go to: http://tinyurl.com/mrxg3fd
Original url:
http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2013/06/assembly-tried-to-stop-records-act-challenge-pursuing-options.html

We have since been advised that the Senate is not willing to change the bill and
therefore we are back to where we were with concerns about what happens to
accessing records >from local government agencies. A large "coalition"-the
California Newspaper Publishers Association, organized labor, Common Cause, others
and of course the genealogical community have been working to address this concern.
This may not have a final resolution for a few days yet. IAJGS had sent a letter
to Governor Brown with our concerns as did the Records Preservation and Access
Committee (RPAC) of which IAJGS is a sponsoring member along with FGS and NGS with
other genealogical organizations as participating members.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


French SIG #France FamilySearch Granted Access By CNIL to Parish and Civil Registrations; European Union Right to Privacy on the Internet and Records; IAJGS Records Access Alert #france

Jan Meisels Allen
 

Below are several items of interest for the French SIG subscribers:

1. Last month while at the National Genealogy Society conference, Dennis
Brimhall, CEO of FamilySearch mentioned that a recent French court
decision was opening records and that FamilySearch was going to take
advantage of obtaining the records within the legal time constraints
permitted. I contacted Rosanne Leeson to inquire if she had any
information about this, and she had not. However several weeks later
the French Genealogy Blog did which Rosanne kindly shared with me and is
allowing me to post about this rather than she. Here is the link:
http://french-genealogy.typepad.com/genealogie/
scroll down to the June 7 posting where Mme. Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin,
the current president of the CNIL (the Commission Nationale de
l'Informatique et des Libertes) has granted authority to
FamilySearch to: Preserve parish and civil registrations, ten-year
indices to them as well as census returns, in order to publish
the data online, under certain conditions, and transfer the personal
data of the above, again under certain conditions,
to the United States, in order to index that data

The restrictions are listed in the article- and there are many which can
be read in the link listed above. The full decision is on LegiFrance:
http://tinyurl.com/mdvq48o
Original url:
http://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichCnil.do?oldAction=3DrechExpCnil&id=3D=
CNILTEXT000027447583&fastReqId=3D1548183914&fastPos=3D1

While the decision is written in French both Google and Chrome have free
translation programs on their websites for those who require a translation.

The article does question if this will come to be due to the amount of
hoops that Family Search must go through and the article also
raises an interesting question if FamilySearch received this
opportunity because theyare free access to the user while other
organizations which require paid subscriptions or charge for
access have previously been denied such access.

While it certainly is hoped that this access is fully granted as it will
bring the long-awaited indexing of all French parish and civil
registrations, thus for the first time allowing them to be searched
centrally.

2. [>from May 24 IAJGS Records Access Alert in part ] Earlier this
May the civil liberties committee of the European Parliament met
to discuss the latest draft of Europe's Data Protection Regulation.
The proposals for the overhaul of the European Union's [EU] data
protection laws come >from the European Commission. The original
laws date >from 1995, and need to be updated for the Internet Age.
According to Wikipedia the scope of the proposed regulation update
applies if the data controller or processor(organization) or the
data subject (person) is based in the EU.

Furthermore(and unlike the current Directive) the Regulation also
applies to organizations based outside the European Union if
they process personal data of EU residents. The European Union
defines personal data as any information relating to an individual,
whether it relates to his or her private, professional or public life.
It can be anything >from a name, a photo, an email address, bank details,
posts on social networking websites,medical information, or a
computer's IP address." The plan is to create one
directly applicable regulation to replace 27 different national data
protection and privacy laws. There is no consensus as to the public
services aspects and the expected vote on May 29 has been postponed
probably to late June or mid July. To read more about the delayed
vote go to:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2038072/eu-data-protection-vote-delayed-again.html

At its April 2013 meeting in Amsterdam, the Steering Committee of
the Section of Professional Associations of the International Council on
Archives (ICA SPA) expressed its concern about the draft European Data
Protection Regulation. Their concern is that it will result in the
destruction of personal data. They also refer people to the French
Association of Archivists AAF. To read their
concern and for the link to the French Association of Archivists and
what they suggest go to: http://www.ica.org/? lid=3D14318.
(It is written in English) The French archivists state the
reason for the European Parliament proposal including the provision
on organizations based outside of the European Union is to prevent internet
companies >from retaining and using personal information. They believe
data needs to be preserved with controlled access.
[>from June 17 Records Access Alert in part] In the June 17 edition
of the New York Times there is an article on the Association of French
Archivists and the European Union's measures would grant Internet users a
right to be forgotten, letting them delete damaging references to
themselves in search engines, appear to be in conflict. To try to
soften the EU's position the Association of French Archivists started
a petition which currently has 50,000 names which
they plan to present to the EU lawmakers.
However, there are many other suggestions for modification and the
recent disclosure of the US government's PRISM program may effect what
the EU does to soften or not. To read the article go to:
http://tinyurl.com/lnneaen
Original url:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/17/technology/archivists-in-france-push-ag=
ainst-privacy-movement.html?emc=3Deta1&_r=3D0


3. The above information on the European Union and the French Archivists
are the types of information that are purpose of the IAJGS Records Access
Alert.
IAJGS may be able to promote advocacy which would be included in the
posting on the alert where advocacy is not permitted on the listserves
hosted by JewishGen such as the French SIG. Therefore, if you are
invited to subscribe to the IAJGS Records Access Alert-it is free.
To read more about the European Union and the French Archivists you
can access the Alerts archives, but you are required to be a
Registered Alerts subscriber.

To register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert go to:
http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/listinfo/records-access-alerts and
follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and
JGS/JHS/SIG/JewishGen affiliation. You will receive an email
response that you have to reply to or the subscription will
not be finalized.

If you want full details of the postings please go to the Records Access
Alert and access the archives:
http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/private/records-access-alerts/


Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen [USA] CA AB 76 #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

Earlier I sent you the news that Assembly Speaker Perez decided to have SB 71 the
companion bill to AB 76 introduced without the provision that would amend the
California Public Records Act and that was published in the Sacramento Bee late
today To read about this go to: http://tinyurl.com/mrxg3fd
Original url:
http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2013/06/assembly-tried-to-stop-records-act-challenge-pursuing-options.html

We have since been advised that the Senate is not willing to change the bill and
therefore we are back to where we were with concerns about what happens to
accessing records >from local government agencies. A large "coalition"-the
California Newspaper Publishers Association, organized labor, Common Cause, others
and of course the genealogical community have been working to address this concern.
This may not have a final resolution for a few days yet. IAJGS had sent a letter
to Governor Brown with our concerns as did the Records Preservation and Access
Committee (RPAC) of which IAJGS is a sponsoring member along with FGS and NGS with
other genealogical organizations as participating members.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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