April 2021 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 March, 2021.  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.


  • (Algeria-France) Algeria Wants Return From France of Algerian Archives Dating Back to Ottoman Empire
  • (Ancestry) What Might Blackstone do with Ancestry's DNA Data?
  • (Belgium) Constitutional Court Overturns Framework Telecom Data Retention Law
  • (British Commonwealth) Commonwealth War Graves Commission Report Casualties from WWl Not Commemorated
  • (European Union) Facebook Data Breach Finds Irish Data Protection Regulator Looking Into It
  • (EU-Facebook) Digital Rights Ireland Announces "Mass action" Against Facebook Due to Data Breach in 2019
  • (European Union) Issues Biannual Microsoft Transparency Report on Right to be Forgotten
  • (European Union- France) NoYB Files Complaint with French Data Protection Agency Against Google
  • (European Union-Ireland) Ireland's Data Protection Commission Launches Probe into Facebook of Data Leak
  • Facebook v Apple The Battle Heats Up-Consumer Privacy
  • (Germany) Internet Media and Advertising Industries File Antitrust Complaint Against Apple
  • MyHeritage Acquisition by Francisco Partners Finalized
  • (Russia) WWll Soldier Database For USSR Posts 8 Million Records
  • (South Africa) University of Cape Town Library Destroyed by Fire
  • (UK) Office for National Statistics Says They Never Gave Census Data to Anyone Including Spy Agencies
  • (US) Biden Administration Halts Sale of Pacific NW NARA Building
  • (US) 16 States Join Alabama's Challenge to a Statistical Method Used for 2020 US Census; President Biden Nominates New Head of Census Bureau
  • (US) 2020 Census Information Released
  • (US) Even More on 2020 US Census Release
  • (US) HR 2738 Prevents Law Enforcement and Intelligence Agencies from Obtaining Subscriber Records-ISP Records
  • (US) National Archives Genealogy Series
  • (US) National Archives National Personnel Records Center 18-24 months to Clear Backlog Due to Covid-19 Once r Fully Staffed
  • (US) National Archives Releases Two Datasets -National Archives Catalog and 1940 Census Dataset
  • (US) Proposed New System of Records on Cybersecurity Vulnerability
  • (US) Senator Marco Rubio and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Sponsor Holocaust Insurance Accountability Act of 2021
  • (US) Smithsonian Libraries and Archives New Online Genealogy Research Guide
  • (US) Speaker Pelosi Won't Permit Court Packing Bill to Reach the Floor
  • (US) Supreme Court Sides with Google Over Oracle in Copyright Battle
  • (US) Thousands of Name Errors Possible in New Korean War Remembrance Wall
  • (US) Twitter Won't Allow National Archives to Restore President Trump's Tweets
  • (US) USCIS Fee Schedule
  • (US) USCIS Posts Proposed Regulation in Federal Register
  • (US-FL) Florida Bill on Privacy Amended as it Moves Through Legislature
  • (US-FL) Florida Supreme Court to Challenge on Insurance Law Pertaining to the Death Master File
  • (US-FL) HB 833 on DNA Privacy Passes Florida House 85-28; Senate by 22-18
  • (US-MD) HB 240 Passes Legislature Requires Licensing of any Forensic Genealogist Who Works With Police
  • (US-MO) Reclaim the Records Wins Missouri Sunshine Law Suit Against Missouri Dept of Health and Senior Services I
  • (US-MT) Montana Legislation Would Require Warrant for Police to Search Consumer DNA Databases Passes House
  • (US-MT) Montana Stop the Press From Serving Slander Machine
  • (US-OH) Dept of Health Will Not Appeal Federal Court Barring Not Allowing People to Change Gender on Birth Certs I
  • (US-OK) Data Privacy Bill Passes House and Won't Get a Hearing in the Senate 
  • (US-TN) Tennessee House Passes Resolution to Make Bible Official State Book
  • (US) Wisconsin Newspapers Sue Google and Facebook


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 you are encouraged 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