October 2020 Summary of IAJGS Records Access Alert #general #jgs-iajgs #records

Jan Meisels Allen

As mentioned previously, every month I post a listing of the IAJGS Records Access Alert topics from the previous month for you to see the variety of issues…some were posted on this discussion group but most were not—all postings are included below. The following are the summaries for the month of October, 2020.  In order not to miss out on important information it is worthwhile for you to be subscribed to the Records Access Alert. Without records, genealogists cannot do genealogy –making certain that we retain access and gain access where it is impaired is every genealogists' responsibility.


  • (Australia) National Archives in Legal Battle Over Making Certain Records Available
  • (Belgium) Belgium Data Privacy Regulator Asks EU High Court to Go After Facebook
  • (Belgium) Data Privacy Authority Says Electronic Auctions Violate GDPR
  • Board for Certification of Genealogists Revises Standard 57
  • (Canada, UK) Apple Health Records Expands to Canada and UK
  • Coronavirus Affects Public Records Requests
  • (European Union) Court of Justice Rules Against Mass Surveillance
  • (European Union) Right to be Forgotten and Cancer Patients
  • (EU-Ireland) Irish Data Protection Commission May Not Resolve Twitter Violation This Year
  • (France)  Archives Nationale Online Catalog
  • (France) Court Orders Google to Pay French Link Tax to Publisher
  • (France) New Law Introduced to Protect Young Media Stars with Right to be Forgotten
  • (France and Netherlands)  Propose Stricter EU Rules Over Large Technology Firms
  • Google Agrees to Pay Publishers Over One Billion USD Over the Next Three Years
  • Google-Oracle Lawsuit Over Copyright
  • (Ireland) Data Protection Commission Launches Inquiry Into Instagram re: Children
  • (Ireland) Irish  B.M.D records Online for Free
  • (Netherlands) Holland America Passenger Lists 1900-1974
  • (Netherlands) Secret Register of Released Prisoners
  • (New Zealand) NZ Calls for Access to Social Media Encrypted Data


  • Reclaim the Records Announces Two Missouri Indices Available to the Public for Free
  • Reclaim the Records Plans to Put All of the NYC Municipal Archives Records Online -FOIL Request
  • Reclaim the Records Takes on the National Archives and Records Administration


  • (Russia) Soviet Era Database Releases Free Documents on More Than One Million Citizens
  • (Scotland) No Absolute Right to Privacy Messaging on Platforms
  • (Spain) Among New Taxes Proposed is the Digital Link Tax AKA Google tax
  • Succession Planning
  • (Turkey)  Law on Social Media  Enacted Over Summer Censored 347 Articles Under New Law Including on Right to be Forgotten
  • (UK) 75th Anniversary of the Repatriation of Far East Prisoners of War
  • (UK) British Library Released 18,000 Maps Available for Free
  • (UK) Plans for Running the UK 2021 Census in Time of Coronavirus Pandemic


  • (US) Customs Border Control  Plans to Have NARA  Destroy Records Documenting Abuse by Agents
  • (US) Census Bureau Agrees to Court Ruling on Continuing Census Count Through October 31
  • (US) US Census Bureau Will Accept Census Data Collection Through October 15, 2020
  • (US) FCC Adopts Order Restoring Internet Freedom Rolling Back Net Neutrality Regulations
  • US) FCC Chairman Makes Statement on Section 230 of Federal Communications Act
  • (US) Federal Judge Koh Starts Contempt Proceedings On Commerce Secretary For Violating Order on Census
  • (US) Federal Judge Says Revised October 5 Date for US Census Deadline May Violate Her Order
  • (U.S) Files Antitrust Suit Against Google
  • (US) National Archives Releases 5-Year Social Media Strategy
  • (US) Second Federal Court Block's Trump Administration From Getting Undocumented Immigrants Census Data
  • (US) Schedule of Fees for Consular Services-Documentary Fees
  • (US) US Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Trump Administration Plan to Exclude Undocumented Immigrants from Census
  • (US) Supreme Court Says US Census Count Can End Now
  • (US)  Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court to Block Order That Extends Census Count
  • (US) USCIS Fee Increase On Hold-Federal Register Notice
  • (US) USCIS Response to Court Injunction - How They Are Proceeding
  • (US) World War l Burial Cards
  • (US-CA) Governor Newsom Signs AB 1281 Extending CCPA Exemptions
  • (US-CA) Third Set of Proposed Amendments to Consumer Privacy Act
  • (US-NYC) Records Access in Jeopardy  NYC DORIS Regulations- ACTION REQUIRED
  • FACEBOOK LINK ADDED: (US-NYC) Records Access in Jeopardy  NYC DORIS Regulations- ACTION REQUIRED
  • (US-Maine)  More on Vital Records
  • (US-Maine) Pre-filed Bill to Amend Vital Records Act
  • CORRECTION: (US-MAINE)  The Bill I Attached to Previous Post Was Last Year's Bill
  • (US-NYC) Update on NYC Municipal Archives Proposed Regulation on Access
  • (US-NYC) Update on Proposed Rule for Rate Increase and Licensing of Public Documents
  • (US-VA) Virginia AG Opines COVID-19 No Excuse for Delaying FOIA Requests
  • (US-WA) Washington State Department of Health NPRM for BAP
  • (US-WA) Washington State Notice of Changes to Ordering B,D Certificates


The IAJGS Board of Directors approved opening the Records Access Alert to anyone who is interested in records access. This was announced previously.  We now have subscribers from many genealogical organizations not

previously able to subscribe. To be on top of what is happening I encourage you to register for the Records Access Alerts to receive the information in a timely manner.  If you are interested in any of the above items, please

register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert and look at them in the archives.  To register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert go to: and follow the instructions to enter

your email address, full name and which genealogical organization you belong to-a society, SIG  or a subscriber of JewishGen, Avotaynu, Legal Genealogist  etc. You will receive an email response that you have to reply to,

or the subscription will not be finalized. The alerts are archived and once you register you may access the archives at:


The IAJGS Records Access Alert is not a daily announcement list. Depending on what happens worldwide, there may be no postings for several days and other times there may be several in one day.


These are listed alphabetically not chronologically.  Each month the locales covered differ.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Re: Searching for Spector Families #ukraine #usa


Shlomowitz on my post above was from Lomza not Lombardi. Sorry for the AutoCorrect

Ellen Slavin
Wilton Manors, Florida

Viewmate Russian translation request #translation #poland #names

Michele Lock

I'd like a translation of the following 1883 birth record (male #51, 2nd entry) from Bialystock:

In particular, I'd like to know the name of the father, and also the likely pronunciation of his surname.

For the mother, I'd like to know if her surname is shown, or if it is her patronymic shown.


Michele Lock

Lock/Lak/Lok and Kalon in Zagare/Joniskis, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Minsk gub., Belarus

Ancestral Town in the Russian Empire? #russia #france

Richard Cooper

  This is the French naturalisation of my great-grand-uncle Joseph MATELEVITCH. I can read everything except the name of the town where his father was born in 1804 (bottom right). It looks like NARODNE but there is no such place. He was a cantonist in the Czarist Army. Please help!
 It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much!

Ric Cooper
Midhurst, UK

Re: Reclaim The Records is going after EVERY SINGLE DIGITIZED RECORD at the New York City Municipal Archives, to put them all online, for free public use #usa #records

Jx. Gx.

That's wonderful news! I hope your FOIL extends to those people at the NYC Health Department, Vital Records section.  They have been so difficult to deal with.

You will be receiving a donation from me before the end of the year.

Jeff Gee

Translation help #poland #translation


Subj: ViewMate translation request - Hebrew
I've posted a vital record for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

Please can you respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much in advance.
Cindy Caldon

ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation #russia #poland

Greg Tuckman

Hello everyone,
I've posted 5 vital records in Russian for which I need translations. They are on ViewMate at the following addresses ...

1.  Death record of Josef ROZENCWEJG:

2.  Birth record of Symcha Binem ROZENCWEJG:

3.  Death record of Symcha Binem ROZENCWEJG:

4.  Birth record of Szyia LAKS:

5.  Birth record of Moszek Hersz LAKS:

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Greg Tuckman
Phoenix, Arizona USA

Re: The Hebrew equivalent of the German male name Sally #germany #names

Renee Klish \(G-Mail\)

Another name for Sally is Saul.  I have one or two in my family.

Renee Klish
Alexandria, VA

Researching:  Redelmeier, Schonland, David families in Thuringen; Simon, Reissner Victor, Meier/Meyer families in Sachsen-Anhalt; Hammerschlag, Lobenstein, Herz, Kugelmann, Schwabe, Thal, Katz families in Hesse; Klyszcz, Kaufmann, Glass, Steinitz, Kleeman, Gruenbaum, Welsch, Lepiorz families in Oberschlesien

Re: The Hebrew equivalent of the German male name Sally #germany #names

Andreas Schwab

Depending of where the father died there might be a gravestone of the father somewhere in Israel or Germany. Jewish granvestone in Germany often have a Hebrew and a German side.
Andrea Schwab, Montreal, Canada

Re: Geni Family Trees #general

E. Randol Schoenberg

On Sun, Nov 1, 2020 at 05:23 AM, N. ARONSON wrote:
In particular what disturbs me is the fact that many people enter someone's wife with the surname of her husband rather than her maiden name. In order to find the maiden name one would have to hoover over her name and find her father's name. Quite annoying. Can the curators do something about that?

How the names are displayed depends on your personal display preferences.  Geni is extremely flexible so it is designed to accommodate all sorts of styles of genealogy.

Under Account Settings, go to Name Preferences.

Randy Schoenberg

Los Angeles, CA

Re: Geni Family Trees #general

E. Randol Schoenberg

On Sun, Nov 1, 2020 at 05:22 AM, Joyaa Antares wrote:

I have taken a look at the page - thanks. 

I can see that there are 115 managers and one curator.

Why is it that under the "sources" tab, no sources are listed? 

Joyaa please look under the Media tab on the Maharal's profile.  There you will find (on the right side) 18 documents.  Click on "View all" and you will find them, including the most recent scholarship at

You can also view the 8 public Discussion on the profile, including this one.

As I have said, and as I know from my own experience 11 years ago, there is a very steep learning curve for Geni.  There's a lot more to it than you will notice when you first come to it, if you are only looking for things you are familiar with from other websites.

Randy Schoenberg

Los Angeles, CA

Re: GenTeam Adds 500,000 New Records Online #announcements #austria-czech #germany #records #slovakia


  Is there any information on what the new 500,000 entries were from?
Larry Bassist
Springville, Utah, USA

Re: searching for parents of Nathan HAASE #general

The Becker's Email

The original death record is on Ancestry World. You should be able to access from many public libraries.  I cannot read the German. Ancestry does have a key to the  lines in the original but that doesn't help w/ the handwriting. Here's the summary:
I also found a record for a Max Haase, son of Nathan and Pauline Haase.  Tramscription below.  Orignial is available.  This is in the in the Eastern Prussian Provinces, Germany [Poland], Selected Civil Vitals, 1874-1945

 the Berlin, Germany, Deaths, 1874-1955)
Name: Nathan Haase
Age: 73
Birth Date: abt 1839
Death Date: 3 Jan 1912
Civil Registration Office: Charlottenburg I
Death Place: Berlin, Berlin, Deutschland (Germany)
Spouse: Pauline Anker
Certificate Number: 5
Notes: Zurückgeführtes Erstregister
Comments: C
the Eastern Prussian Provinces, Germany [Poland], Selected Civil Vitals, 1874-1945                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Name: Max Haase
Gender: männlich (Male)
Marriage Age: 28
Event Type: Heirat (Marriage)
Birth Date: 13 Nov 1866
Marriage Date: 20 Aug 1895
Marriage Place: Kulmsee, Preußen (Germany)
Marriage Civil Registration Office: Kulmsee, Krs Thorn
Father: Nathan Haase
Mother: Pauline Haase
Spouse: Helen Selma Wittenberg
Certificate Number: 40

Johanna Becker
Newport, RI

Re: Reclaim The Records is going after EVERY SINGLE DIGITIZED RECORD at the New York City Municipal Archives, to put them all online, for free public use #usa #records

Myrna Slatnick Waters

How exciting and formidable.  Best of luck with all you do to prevent the unscrupulous from taking advantage.  The information is not theirs to control in this vile manner.  
I'd like to see the same thing happen with the New Jersey archives.  Many families were back and forth between NY & NJ and tracking them is not always easy.  Very few of the NJ archives are online.  
Myrna (Slatnick) Waters

Researching:  SLEPACK (or similar)Belarus/Bialystok area; SLATNICK/SLOTNIK (or similar) Minsk/Puchovichi area of Russia from 1905/1914 to NY & Newark,NJ and Canada;  KURZMANN Jaslo, Poland and Drohobych, Ukraine area (both formerly in what was the Galician area of Austria prior to WWI), KURTZMAN in NY/Bronx and NJ/Newark from 1905/1910, SADOWSKY (or similar) from Belarus area of Russia/Bialystok 19th century to Newark,NJ 1905 or after.

Re: 1940 US Census problem #records #usa

Sherri Bobish

Hi Richard,

Further to what Maryellen said, please post the name you seek on the 1940 census, and also names of wife and children.  Also, circa when they were born, and where they were born, i.e. country, or if born in the U.S., what state.

Hopefully one of us can find your family, or at least give it a good try!


Sherri Bobish

Re: The Hebrew equivalent of the German male name Sally #germany #names

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>

"born in Germany and his father's name was "Sally"".

I have been addressed in letters as Herr Brückheimer several times. Men named Salomon in Europe (and some in the US) become Sal and then Sally.

Who else would understand.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

Lodz Jewish Society for Orphan Care #poland #lodz #general


Is anyone familiar with the Lodz Jewish Society for Orphan Care Orphanage? My great Aunt, Dora (Devora) KEILES, KEJLES worked there for many years before immigrating to Palestine. I have a picture of the workers/orphans and letters from Dora that mentions what she did there and names of others. I am interested in it's history or if anyone else had relatives who worked or lived there (from 1914-1924).

Rachel Keiles Kessler Park

Vilnius - Keiles, Giguzin, Tobias, Tsigar; Lodz - Keiles; Warsaw - Keiles, Jochwed; Poltava - Nagin(sky), Dubin(sky)

Re: Excellent lecture series from The Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre #holocaust

Sherri Bobish

I want to second Ellen's recommendation of The Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre at The University of Huddersfield.  I saw an excellent talk recently, and agree that more people should be aware of these offerings.

Thank you to Michael for first bringing this to the attention of us 'Genners.


Sherri Bobish

Re: The Hebrew equivalent of the German male name Sally #germany #names


Hallo David

My grandpa's first name was Solomon, the English version of Shlomo in Hebrew.  .  

However, friends and family always called him Sally.  The friends & family were all mother tongue German speakers.  

I hope this will be helpful for you.

Malka Flekier
London, UK

Rothenberg family tree #general

Hank Lobbenberg <hank.lobben@...>

Can someone please post a link to a Rothenberg family tree. My second great grandmother was Lina Rothenberg b. 1847 and d. 1932. I would like to trace her ancestry.

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