May 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 May, 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.


Ancestry Acquires Forces War Records

(Australia) To Save Historical Documents National Archives of Australia Launches a Crowd Funding Site

(Canada) 2021 Census day Is Almost Here--May 11th

(Canada) 2021 Federal Budget Calls for Hiring New Data Commissioner and a Digital Service tax

(Canada) C-10 Amends Broadcasting Act to Regulate Streaming Services

(England) England's National Health Service Plans to Share Patient Records with Third Parties

(European Union) Amazon Wins EU Tax Appeal in Second Highest Court

(European Union) EU Commission Proposes New Ambitious Business Tax Agenda

(European Union) EU Parliament Voted Infringement Against Ireland Data Protection Commission--CJEU Rejects Facebook's Petition

(European Union) US Companies Storing Data In European Union-Microsoft

(Germany) Federal Cartel Office Launches Probe into Google About Anti-Trust

(Germany) Privacy Regulator Bans Facebook From Gathering Data on WhatsApp Users

(Great Britain) Planned New Law Would Fine Social Media Companies for Failure to Remove Online Abuse

(Ireland) Activist Max Schrems Complains about Irish Data Protection Regulator to Parliament Committee

(Ireland) Facebook Loses Court Fight With Irish Data Regulator Over Transferring Data to US

(Ireland) Proposed Legislation Will Give Adoptees Access to Birth Certificates

Microsoft to Stop Internet Explorer Browser-June 2022

MyHeritage Purchases the French Genealogy Company

(New Zealand) National Library of New Zealand Project to Digitize 130 Years of The Press Archives

(Netherlands) Family Cards 1919-1939 Are Available Online

(Portugal) President Enacts Charter of Human Rights with Right to be Forgotten and Social Tariff for Internet Access

(Russia) New Database Documents One Million WWll Citizen Heroes Who Defended Moscow

(United Kingdom) England and Wales Marriage Certificates to Include Mothers' Names

(US) More on Litigation Over 2020 US Census

(US) National Archives and Virginia Tech Working on Digitization of Records

(US) National Archives On Track To Release 1950 US Census

(United States) National Archives Proposed Rule on Extending Selective Service Record Requests

(US) USCIS Withdraws Proposed Regulation on Collecting Biometrics Requirements

(US-FL) HB 969 The Florida Privacy Protection Act Dies on Final Day of Legislative Session

(US-FL) Governor Signs Bills Reigning In Social Media Companies

(US-FL) Senator Rick Scott Introduces Data and Algorithm Transparency Agreement Act

(US-NY) Legislation Introduced About Privacy Issues Around Criminal DNA Profiles


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:  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