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  • GRONI 2006 Letter
    document in late 2003 At that time GRONI s proposal was that access to certain fields of data would in future be restricted where 100 years had not yet elapsed since a record s creation This was or possibly still is the policy being proposed by the GRO in England Wales GRO E W In 2002 in a conversation with John Hames of GRO E W this policy was further explained and it was confirmed that ideally the UK government would like to see it implemented in Northern Ireland too In 2003 a representative of CIGO Steven Smyrl had three conversations with Annette Gilkeson of GRONI in which she confirmed that GRONI s draft policy for modernising Northern Ireland s civil registration service included measures to deny access to information The data concerned was that relating to addresses occupations and causes of death in records compiled less than one hundred years ago A very robust argument in favour of retaining full access to all data in civil registration records as is currently the case was submitted in response to the 2003 consultation by CIGO Two specific reasons were raised at that time One was that a one hundred year closure rule would be virtually impossible to implement as all records relating to Northern Ireland compiled before 1922 are also available south of the border in the Republic s GRO The second issue was that all civil registers of birth death marriage for Northern Ireland with their accompanying indexes are already openly available throughout the LDS Churches worldwide network of Family History Libraries for the period 1922 to 1959 It is clear that the views expressed by CIGO in response to the 2003 GRONI consultation have been taken onboard in the drafting of the latest set of proposals and we therefore

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  • NLI Submission 2007/2009
    a government decision to relocate the General Register Office outside Dublin The co operation that was possible in the GRO Users Group was seen as something that could have long term benefits for Irish genealogy and in 1994 it took the new name of CIGO Having canvassed our member organisations there are two main issues that arise which relate to parish registers and self service access to microfilm resources Parish Registers Feedback from the membership of our constituent organisations tells us that readers at the National Library feel somewhat frustrated that RC parish registers are not filmed beyond 1880 Also that for some urban areas there are gaps in what has been filmed This is particularly so in Dublin amongst the various city parishes created in the later 19 th century CIGO would support a plan to film parish registers for the post 1880 period and those for parishes not already filmed Complete closure of access to the films for the diocese of Cashel Emly is also an issue raised often at our meetings This has now been compounded by the arbitrary rules of access applied to the films for the diocese of Cloyne Could this issue be looked at

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  • ELOS Report 2007
    Bill 2006 In the course of the debate he confirmed what we had already learnt in 2006 from the Property Registration Authority which was that within a few years the Registry of Deeds would close What is meant by this is that the paper based register will close because in future it is envisaged that all property transactions will be registered in an electronic register as part of a revamped Land Registry system There are plans to scan the paper records which date from 1708 and create a database of scanned images We have been assured by the Property Registration Authority that they not only recognise that genealogists will require continued access to the records of the Registry of Deeds but that they intend actively to promote the use of these records by genealogists and historians by creating access to them via the Internet In the meantime access to the original hardcopy records will continue at the Henrietta Street premises At the National Library the refurbishment work continues There is now a room dedicated to on line access to various in house and external databases and for the first time we now have access to read printers for various classes of microfilmed records although not Roman Catholic parish registers However we have been advised to expect further disruption during 2008 as more work will have to be done on the roof in the main reading room Likewise we should expect some disruption at the National Archives in 2008 as some remodelling work is to take place in the reading room area on the 5 th floor There is to be a swap of rooms with the self service microfilm unit moving across to a larger space which is to be created where the APGI advisory service currently operates and the advisory service itself is to move to the room vacated by the microfilms unit Also during November the National Archives is to launch the first phase of its Census website For the first time this will allow free Internet access to scanned images of the original 1901 1911 census returns and to a newly compiled names index Initially the first release will relate to the returns for Dublin city county from the 1911 census Other counties will come on line over the coming months For those who don t know this winter s edition of Irish Roots will be the last published by its current editor and proprietor Tony McCarthy This is sad news as Irish Roots has been avidly followed by most folk involved in Irish genealogy since it first began in 1992 Fifteen years later and Tony has announced that there are other things he would like to spend time on and reluctantly has announced that the magazine is for sale However as no buyer has emerged it looks likely that the publication will now fold in 2009 News from Northern Ireland is mixed so far as the genealogical community is concerned Whilst there have been no major

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  • Iconic Building
    that it is for a building but I have come to the conclusion that the archives are unsung heroes that need to be brought centre stage Fine Gael arts spokeswoman Olivia Mitchell had asked when the new board of the National Archives Advisory Council would be appointed It was a statutory body but we have had no body since last November she said If there had been such a body it might have advised him not to put what little genealogy records we have left in the hands of groups of people who are charging for it She was referring to the launching of a new national genealogy service which will charge for accessing public records The State would spend hundreds of thousands of euro sending Government Ministers overseas to showcase Ireland to our diaspora and in the same week we are telling them we will charge them for information on their forefathers Mr Brennan said that he wanted to address a range of issues around the national archives In most countries the national archives are a major institution and are usually housed in an iconic building and looked on with pride by the citizenry I m not saying that

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  • Irish Times, 13 March 2008
    ourselves on free access to our archives to our national museums and to the National Gallery I am surprised that the Minister should lend his name to this betrayal by performing the launch of the online service said Ms Mitchell She said that an online service was long overdue But Ms Mitchell called for the information to be given to the National Archives as an integral part of the public information service it provides She added that she had no objection to the Irish Family History Association charging a fee to people who commissioned it to carry out research but it was utterly unacceptable that Irish citizens be charged for accessing their own family records assembled at public expense The association said in a statement that the bulk of the computerisation of genealogical material had been completed by county centres and that the collation of many millions of records as a searchable database online was a remarkable achievement So far 22 county centres had made their databases available online and it was planned that further centres would be added the association added 2008 The Irish Times The Irish Times 14th March 2008 Iconic building needed for archives Brennan MARIE O HALLORAN MINISTER FOR the Arts Séamus Brennan is considering the construction of an iconic building to house the national archives He said that just like our museum or our library they need the same kind of national status Mr Brennan said there was about 20 million in the national development plan for the archives It does not specifically lay down that it is for a building but I have come to the conclusion that the archives are unsung heroes that need to be brought centre stage Fine Gael arts spokeswoman Olivia Mitchell had asked when the new board of the

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  • 1999 Petition Comment
    roots The service was swift the surroundings pleasant airy and clean However what an awful shock I got when I visited the GRO There were too many people in such a small space The research room was grubby and the furniture and other fittings well beyond the point at which they should have been thrown out Many of the indexes which are vital in gaining access to the actual records were in tatters I tried to locate a birth in the 1880s but found that in the relevant section of the index the pages jumped missing out the section of the alphabet I needed A member of staff very kindly brought me out a duplicate copy of the same volume but it was just the same When I did at last manage to find a reference to a record I required I found that even though I had paid a 12 search fee I would not be allowed to obtain more that eight photocopies I had intended to search for the birth of my great grandfather James O Neill who was born about 1870 However when I saw just how many possible references there were to be checked in just

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  • SRO PQ 2008
    and so on to make full use of the GRO s new computerised database for obtaining certified and uncertified copies of birth marriage and death records through application not only to the central office but to the State s 32 local registration offices and if he will make a statement on the matter 4685 08 Minister for Social and Family Affairs Deputy Martin Cullen The General Register Office GRO is the central repository for records of life events in the State including records relating to legal domestic adoption The primary function of the Civil Registration Service is to facilitate the civil registration of life events and to provide certified copies of entries in registers of such life events on application from clients The GRO also provides certain other services directly to clients including the civil registration of stillbirths the recognition of foreign divorces and a family history genealogical research service Registration services are delivered at local level by the Health Service Executive HSE through a network of local registration offices managed by Area Superintendent Registrars appointed by the Executive Access to the life event records previously held in the single physical repository of the General Register Office has been extended by the creation of a computerised electronic data base of these records It is now possible for anybody to obtain certified or uncertified copies of records of life events at any civil registration office across the State regardless of where the life events occurred This provides clients with a choice as to whether they direct applications for certificates to a local office or to the GRO One of the most important aspects of the modernisation programme has been the introduction of new legislation relating to civil registration this legislation is contained in the Civil Registration Act 2004 The provisions of

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  • http://www.cigo.ie/news2010Grenham.html
    Members Office Holders Constituent Organisations CIGO Award Bookstore News Current Campaigns General Register Office Access to Records Church Records 1926 Census Links Events Diary Genealogy Courses The Irish Times 22nd November 2010 Back to Top Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations

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