August 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 August, 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.


•             Geneanet Joins Ancestry

•             MyHeritage Signed Agreements to Acquire 90.1% of Filae


•             (Australia) National Archives Does Not Receive Needed Funding


•             (Germany) Federal Archives repository of Stasi Archives

•             (Germany) Hamburg's Data Protection Officer Warned State Government to Cease Using Zoom

•             (Poland's) Parliament Passed A Law Preventing Former Polish Property Owners from Regaining Property

•             (Poland's) President Duda Signs Legislation Restricting Rights of Former Polish Property Owners


•             (US) 2020 Census: 1 in 5 Dorms, Prisons and Nursing Homes had no Data at End of Count

•             (US) American Medical Association Urges Birth certificates Carry no Designation of Sex

•             (US) Census 2020 Information Released to be Used for Redistricting and which Highlights Population Changes

•             (US) FTC Files New Antitrust Lawsuit Against Facebook

•             (US) Library of Congress-How to Nominate Movies to National Film Library

•             (US) NARA Presidential Briefing Paper

•             (US) Open Apps Market Bill Introduced in US Senate

•             (US-CA) Proposition 22 Ruled Unconstitutional--The GIG Worker Initiative


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