IAJGS Records Access Alert Postings April 2020 #general

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 April 2020.  In order not to miss out on important information it is worthwhile for you and your society 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.



  • (European Union) EU Commission Opens General Data Protection Regulation to Public Comments


  • (European Union) Microsoft Issues Biannual Trust Reports- On Right to be Forgotten


  • (European Union) Right to be Forgotten Case--Whether News Outlet Has to Delete Content in Response to an Erasure Request


  • Reclaim the Records--Total Victory in Missouri


  • (Republic of Ireland) Launches Online Facility for Birth Registrations; Patience for Ordering Civil Vital Records.


  • (Scotland) Scotland's People Announced Due to Pandemic They are Unable to Process any Certificates


  • (United Kingdom) Isle of Man Permits Online Birth and Death Registrations Due to Coronavirus


  • (US) Census--Paper Forms Going Put to Those Who Did Not Reply Online


  • (US) Facebook Litigation on Violating Privacy Rights Revived


  • (US) Preservation Week April 26-May 2, 2020


  • (US) President Trump Seeks Delay in Finishing 2020 Census


  • Correction: (US-IA) Iowa SF 2236 on Right to be Forgotten Renumbered to SF 2351


  • (US-WA) Proposed Rules on Vital Records Access



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: http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/listinfo/records-access-alerts 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: http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/private/records-access-alerts/


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