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  • CIGO - Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations
    s report when drafting its new regulations CIGO s is delighted to report that the new registration regulations came into force on the 17th December 2012 and provide for the recording of parents names in death registrations UK 1939 National Register CIGO played a key and instrumental role in challenging the UK National Health Service Information Centre s refusal to disclose data from the wartime National Register NR Compiled in 1939 the NR notes census style data about many many mllions of people including each person s date of birth Through our work access can now be gained to the NR for all parts of the UK England Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland Unlike in Scotland and England Wales freedom of informarion requests for data can be made to PRONI for information from the NR for Northern Ireland at no cost However it should be taken into account that there exists no names index to the NR in Northern Ireland Ireland s 1926 Census At the time of the passing of the Statistics Act 1993 CIGO s input reduced the proposed embargo on the release of census data from 100 years to only 70 While this was reversed at a further stage in the legaslative process it clearly indicates that pragmatic political will exists to try to resolve the issue between right of access and privacy Meanwhile in January 2011 CIGO was invited to talk with Ireland s Fine Gael party about the issue and to put forward its views about how early access to the 1926 census might be provided The result was that a month later Fine Gael included a brief reference to the roots tourism potential of the 1926 census in its subsequently published General Election manifesto After the election Fine Gael negotiated with the Labour Party to form a new administration and release of the 1926 census was included in the published Programme for Government On the 31st March the new Minister for Arts Heritage Gaeltacht Affairs Jimmy Deenihan TD met with the chairman of the Irish Genealogical Research Society Steven Smyrl as part of the celebrations for the IGRS 75th anniversary At that meeting held in the National Library of Ireland the Minister confirmed to The Irish Times that he intended to establish access to redacted data from the 1926 census and that this might even happen as soon as the end of 2011 In May 2011 he told CIGO that he had referred the matter to the Attorney General to better understand the need for redaction of sensitive data Statistics Act 1993 As part of our longstanding campaign to obtain access to the State s 1926 census returns we have obtained written confirmation from the Central Statistics Office that it would be legal under the Statistics Act 1993 to release data from the 1926 census to those enumerated or their legal next of kin On foot of representations by CIGO this issue is currently being investigated by the Ombudsman s Office The 2012 Award

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  • How CIGO Works
    which having dealt with correspondence and housekeeping matters then goes on to consider and discuss in detail current and longstanding issues affecting and pertinent to Irish genealogists At any meeting the scope of issues discussed may range from impending legislation for example relating to civil vital records influencing central and local government policy to the day to day service being provided at the General Register Office GRO National Archives of

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  • Our Activities
    all matters of relevance to genealogists such as Continuous effort to improve public service at the General Register Office Dublin GROI and other state record repositories by initiating discussions with the responsible authorities Constructive criticism of impending legislation We were to the fore in obtaining changes to the Civil Registration Act 2004 and in particular we lobbied successfully for changes to the Bill providing for fuller information to be recorded in all future death registrations in Ireland Official membership of advisory bodies such as the users groups of Public Records Office of Northern Ireland PRONI and General Register Office Northern Ireland GRONI Availing of opportunities to influence government policy in relation to genealogy In recent times we have presented submissions to the National Library of Ireland NLI GROI Registry of Deeds ROD GRONI In relation to GRONI our involvement was successful in getting a reversal in draft policy set to deny access to many civil vital records Other activities include our publication series under the general title Exploring Irish Genealogy which have proved very popular both inside and outside Ireland For example number two in the series is Irish Civil Registration Where Do I Start and is the first publication

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  • Our Patrons - CIGO
    the Genealogical Society of Argentina and the Society of Antiquaries of London As a former Chief Herald and member of the National Library s Statutory Committee on Genealogy and Heraldry I have long been aware of CIGO s importance to genealogy in Ireland It was to a very great extent due to CIGO that the prestigious International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences hosted by the Genealogical Office in 2002 was such a resounding success CIGO s continued lobbying of politicians and key individuals to get public access to the Irish 1926 census has clearly paid dividends and is only one of the many things that I admire about this most dedicated pragmatic and tenacious genealogical body Back to Top IRELAND John Grenham John Grenham came to professional genealogy in 1981 as one of the panel of Genealogical Office researchers and later worked for Hibernian Research As in house researcher for the Genealogical Office in 1990 91 he was instrumental in setting up the GO Consultation Service the forerunner of the current Advisory Services in the National Library and National Archives He was Project Manager with the Irish Genealogical Project from 1991 to 1995 and later went on to develop and market his own genealogical software Grenham s Irish Recordfinder Since 1998 he has run the Irish Times Irish Ancestors website In 2005 he was the first Genealogist in Residence at Dublin City Library In 2007 he was awarded a fellowship of The Irish Genealogical Research Society Among his publications are Tracing your Irish Ancestors 3rd ed 2006 Clans and Families of Ireland 1995 Generations 1996 The Genealogical Office and its Records in The Genealogical Office 1999 Grenham s Irish Surnames CD ROM 2003 and numerous articles and columns in the UK magazine Your Family Tree He has written the

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  • Joining CIGO - Why should your organisation join CIGO?
    have developed a wide range of contacts with relevant bodies and individuals and this enables us to easily become involved at the planning stages of projects that might impact upon genealogists We are always conscious of the need to increase our membership both in Ireland and overseas Your organisation can benefit from access to this knowledge and from the opportunity to make its views known in a forum where they

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  • Joining CIGO - How to...
    research no matter how large or small Two categories of membership are available as follows Full membership Open to organisations based on the island of Ireland Associate membership Open to organisations based in Ireland or overseas Full members may have up to two representatives on Council and exercise full voting rights The annual subscription is just 20 Associate organisations can be represented on Council by one non voting member if

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  • Council Members
    Family History Society for the past number of years and became chairman of the society in 2009 He has a banking background having served with AIB in Ireland and the UK Early retirement in the 1990s has enabled him to devout more time to his interests genealogy IFHS choral singing Celtic Choristers broadcasting Dublin City fm and background acting Fair City etc His is a member of the Rotary Club of Dublin Viking and a Director of The Music Instrument Fund of Ireland Ltd Back to Top Irish Genealogical Research Society Gay Conroy Gay Conroy a Classics graduate of Trinity College Dublin has been focusing on her research interest in genealogy since 2004 following several years freelance editorial work with some of Ireland s best known writers She has been an active member of the Irish Genealogical Research Society IGRS since 2004 and a member of the Irish Branch Committee since 2005 Her article on the Pedigree and History of the Colclough Family of Staffordshire and Wexford was published in the Journal of the Wexford Historial Society in 2009 No 22 2009 10 She is currently engaged in two major editorial projects the 500 page diary of a young Limerick woman written 1838 1840 and the electronic publication of the Colclough family history Gay has been representing the IGRS on CIGO since 2007 Rosaleen Underwood Rosaleen s association with genealogy began in 1996 when she first started attending family history classes in her local library Two years later she began studying for a Certificate in Genealogy at University College Dublin and followed this up with the Diploma in Genealogy course under the National University of Ireland Having joined the Irish Genealogical Research Society IGRS in 1997 Rosaleen became a member of its Ireland Branch committee in 2000 and in 2006 she became its Hon Secretary From 2001 she has represented the IGRS on CIGO She is also a member of the committee of the Certificate Genealogists Alumni Group CGAG Rosaleen served on the sub committee responsible for the Congress Exhibition at the 4th Irish Genealogical Congress held at Trinity College Dublin in September 2001 and in 2005 she became a member of APGI Back to Top Irish Huguenot Society Ken Ryan Ken Ryan is currently the chairman of the Irish Huguenot Society Back to Top North of Ireland Family History Society Robert C Davison Born and brought up in England Robert Davison s father was a native of Belfast On retirement he moved to live on the Ards Peninsula from where he joined the North of Ireland Family History Society NIFHS in 1995 Currently he is chairman of the NIFHS s Bangor Branch Recently he completed a seven year term as Secretary of the Clan Davidson Association He became a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists APGI in 2003 and is currently APGI s Hon Sec In addition he is NIFHS representative for the Federation of Family History Societies He served as Chairman of CIGO for 2002 2003 and

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  • Office Holders
    2010 2011 Paddy Waldron Clare Roots Society 2009 2010 Steven C ffeary Smyrl Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland 2008 2009 Desmond K Clarke Raheny Heritage Society 2007 2008 Randal Gill North of Ireland Family History Society 2006 2007 John Heueston Irish Family History Society 2005 2006 Colm Cochrane Certificate Genealogists Alumni Group 2004 2005 Aiden Cruise Blessington Family History Society 2003 2004 Desmond K Clarke Raheny Heritage Society 2002 2003 Robert C Davison North of Ireland Family History Society 2001 2002 Máire Mac Conghail Irish Genealogical Research Society 2000 2001 Vivien Costello Irish Genealogical Congress 1999 2000 Steven C ffeary Smyrl Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland 1998 1999 Thomas O Keeffe Wicklow Genealogical Society 1997 1998 John Dyer Raheny Heritage Society 1996 1997 Randal Gill North of Ireland Family History Society 1995 1996 Paul Gorry Irish Genealogical Congress 1994 1995 Michael Merrigan Dun Laoghaire Genealogical Society Hon Secretaries since 1994 2008 Linda Clayton Certificate Genealogists Alumni Group 2004 2008 Desmond K Clarke Raheny Heritage Society 2003 2004 Linda Clayton Certificate Genealogists Alumni Group 1994 2003 Desmond K Clarke Raheny Heritage Society Hon Treasurers since 1994 1998 John Dyer Raheny Heritage Society 1994 1998 Maeve Flannery Wicklow Genealogical Society

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