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  • News Archive 2005
    on previous years The usual reports by the Chairman Hon Secretary and Executive Liaison Officers were given The new chairman was installed Colm Cocherane representing the Certificate Genealogists Alumni Group CGAG Colm led the thanks given to the outgoing chairman Aidan Cruise who represented Blessington Family History Society The remaining officers were re elected unopposed for the coming year They are Des Clarke Hon Secretary John Dyer Hon Treasurer and

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  • News Archive 2006
    raised 23rd November 2006 Eddie Flood of the GRO to address the AGM CIGO s Annual General Meeting is set to take place on Tuesday 28th November in the Freemasons Hall Molesworth Street Dublin 2 The formal business will begin at 7pm and various reports will be given by CIGO s officers after which the current chairman Colm Cochrane of CGAG will relinquish office and John Heueston of IFHS will assume the chairmanship for the coming year As chairman for 2006 2007 Colm has certainly proved his worth in the various projects he has championed During his term of office his main objective was to see the new CIGO website up and running We think all will agree that the website is testimony to his commitment to the organisation At 8pm the gathering will be addressed by Mr Eddie Flood of the General Register Office Roscommon Mr Flood s talk is entitled What s New at the GRO and we hope to learn all about the GRO s plans for its Dublin based Public Search Room and about its progress towards an Internet based service Given the subject we expect a good turn out on the evening 21st November 2006 CERTIFICATE GENEALOGISTS ALUMNI GROUP CGAG will be holding its annual CHRISTMAS GENEALOGICAL MISCELLANY on Monday 4th December 2006 at 7 30pm This year due to renovation work at St John s House Clyde Road it will take place at Christ Church Hall Sandymount Green Dublin 4 The evening s speaker will be Dr Susan Hood presenting A Story of Bickerings Scandal and Neglect the Loss of the Irish Crown Jewels followed by Mulled Wine Mince Pies Festive Treats It will be a chance to meet old friends and make new ones in a convivial atmosphere All are welcome please bring your friends Admission is Six Euro and parking is available Proceeds in aid of Order of Malta Maternity Hospital Bethlehem Further details can be got from Linda Clayton e mail lclayton gofree indigo ie phone 01 285 6360 21st August 2006 GRONI Not to impose restrictions on access CIGO made strong submissions to the General Register Office of Northern Ireland GRONI in 2003 about GRONI s plans to curb access to data in civil registration records We drew GRONI s attention to the fact that even if they did restrict access to data records for Northern Ireland created before 1922 would continue to be available at the GRO in Dublin and further all registers of birth death marriage for Northern Ireland from 1922 to 1959 are available though the LDS Library network Again in 2006 we were asked our views and we reiterated our position that diminution in access to public records was not acceptable We are now pleased to say that GRONI has announced that it does not now intend place restrictions on access to the records it holds A copy of our letter to GRONI about this can be seen here 30th June 2006 National Library of Ireland

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  • News Archive 2007
    7th November 2007 CIGO Annual General Meeting There was a very good attendance for the Annual General Meeting of CIGO which was held yesterday 6th November The usual reports by the Chairman Hon Secretary and Executive Liaison Officers were given That of the Executive Liaison Officers can be read here The new chairman was installed Randal Gill representing the North of Ireland Family Society Randal led the thanks given to the outgoing chairman John Hueuston who represented the Irish Family History Society The remaining officers were re elected unopposed for the coming year They are Des Clarke Hon Secretary John Dyer Hon Treasurer and Rob Davison and Steven Smyrl as the two Executive Liaison Officers The meeting was followed by the Annual Lecture which was give by Noelle Dowling the archivist at the R C Dublin Diocesan Archives Noelle who took over as Archivist from David Sheehy well known in genealogy circles before he and his wife moved overseas spoke knowledgeably and with confidence about the Archives collections and their use for genealogy 20th September 2007 Irish Genealogical Research Society New Fellowships At the July 2007 meeting of the Council of the Irish Genealogical Research Society John Grenham and Steven ffeary Smyrl were elected fellows of the Society John Grenham is known in genealogical circles worldwide because of his landmark publication Tracing your Irish Ancestors He has been involved in genealogy since 1981 when he began work on the research panel of the Genealogical Office He was a founder member of the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland and he has been an IGRS member for years Having worked as a professional researcher for a decade he became a project manager with the Irish Genealogical Project in 1991 remaining in that position till 1995 The first edition of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors was published in 1992 It has become the most widely used guidebook on Irish genealogy A third edition appeared in 2006 John s other publications include Clans and Families of Ireland 1995 Generations 1996 the chapter The Genealogical Office and its Records in The Genealogical Office 1999 and Grenham s Irish Surnames CD ROM 2003 as well as numerous articles in the magazine Your Family Tree He also developed his own genealogical software Grenham s Irish Recordfinder Since 1998 he has run the ireland com Irish Ancestors website in conjunction with the Irish Times Most recently he was Genealogist in Residence at Dublin City Library and developed its database of mid twentieth century Dublin electoral lists Steven C ffeary Smyrl has had a life long interest in genealogy As well as being one of the foremost Irish genealogists he has been a tireless worker for the IGRS Ireland Branch and for the Council of Irish Genealogical Organizations CIGO for over a decade He has been a professional genealogical researcher since the late 1980s and a member of the IGRS since 1989 He was admitted to membership of the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland in 1991 Since 1995

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  • CIGO News Archive 2008
    that it is for a building I have come to the conclusion that the archives are unsung heroes that need to be brought centre stage The need for a purpose built home to house the National Archives collections whether in an iconic building or not has been overdue for many years now The lack of storage at the National Archives has meant that much of it collections are not available for public consultation They are either in shrink wrap storage to the rear of the current premises in Dublin s Bishop Street or worse they are held in the basement of the old Public Record Office which is in the Four Courts complex and which was built in the mid 19th century Given this most unsatisfactory state of affairs it is to be hoped that Mr Brennan will now act where his predecessors have failed and provide the National Archives with a new building The National Archives moved into its current premises in Bishop Street in 1992 and although at the time it was an improvement on the former premises in the Four Courts they were only ever meant as an interim measure The ideal would be to re build on the current site What the National Archives really requires is a modern state of the art building on that part of the current site which faces Peter Street The other part of the site which faces Bishop Street should be sold off to pay for the new building The solution couldn t be more straightforward The newly revitalized area around Peter Street would be ideal for this much needed iconic building You can read more about this story in The Irish Times on the Houses of the Oireachtas website and in Ireland s Genealogical Gazette formerly the Genie Gazette 14th March 2008 Irish Family History Foundation Launches new On Line Service Over the past few months the Irish Family History Foundation has been incrementally adding counties to its searchable on line database of records some of which date back to the 1600s Generally speaking apart from a few exceptions the records are those compiled from the registers of the various main Irish Churches Roman Catholic Church of Ireland Presbyterian Methodist Wednesday the 12th March saw the formal launch of this new service aboard the replica famine ship the Jeannie Johnston moored at Dublin Although the on line service is a new departure for the IFHF it is not the first time that such a project has been attempted One of the key objectives of the Irish Government sponsored Irish Genealogy Ltd IGL formerly known as the Irish Genealogical Project IGP was to have been the creation of a Central Referral Index CRI From the early days of the IGP which was begun approximately 20 years ago there has been continued reports of bad feeling and friction amongst the members of the board This generally manifested itself in an unwillingness by the IFHF to allow the IGP and later IGL any significant say in the planning of the project in return for the large sums of public money which have been invested in the project over the years through IGP and later IGL Within the last couple of years the IFHF withdrew from IGL However before this IGL was successful in part in launching the CRI which is available on line here Although it is of limited use it includes only eleven of Ireland s 32 counties Armagh Cavan Donegal Fermanagh Leitrim Limerick Derry Londonderry Mayo Sligo Tyrone Wexford it is however free to access The same cannot be said for the new IFHF service which can be found on line here This pay per view service is normally 10 per record viewed although IFHF announced that during March to celebrate St Patrick s Day the cost will only be 5 Those in the know might suggest that the 50 reduction is actually a reaction to the vocal public criticism already made on the subject by private individuals representative groups and public representatives With his permission here is comment one member of the public recently e mailed to CIGO I think I speak for a great majority of the Irish Genealogical community when I say that although we very much appreciate the effort that went into the creation of the online records the cost per record is totally outrageous I think that the IFHF s great effort has been completely wasted in that the level of information available from the Search process is insufficient to precisely identify an individual of interest and no one is going to spend 10 euros each per record to sort through the myriad of possibilities presented Perhaps the IFHF should have a closer look at sites like Scotland s People which provide a much more realistic approach to supporting Genealogical Research I suggest that the IFHF obtain the services and advice of someone from the business community to assist with restructuring their service to provide reasonable value to the community while generating sufficient funds to sustain operations It really is a shame to see such a great resource so poorly managed In The Irish Times 13th March even though the IFHF s launch of the service had taken place only the day before what was reported was public criticism of the service and the cost of it Olivia Mitchell the Fine Gael spokeswoman for Arts Sport Tourism was quoted as saying It was regrettable that the new genealogy service was designed to be a commercial one with people being charged 10 for every single item of information The gathering and digitalisation of the parish records was done at public expense and it was always envisaged that this kind of public information should be made freely available to the public It is a complete break with tradition and practise that an important aspect of our national archives should be subject to a charge The full story can be read here It is of course worth pointing

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  • CIGO News Archive 2009
    commitment to give the CIGO APGI proposal further consideration when drafting the new regulations subject to any disproportionate burden that might be placed on persons registering deaths 15 The Committee welcomes the Department s commitment to give further consideration when drafting the new regulations to the proposal to extend the data recorded in death registrations to include the names of the parents of the deceased The Committee recognises that this measure would benefit genealogical research and would bring Northern Ireland into line with RoI and Scotland in this regard As such the Committee looks forward to considering the new regulations in due course GRONI has given an undertaking to CIGO that after the Civil Registration Bill has completed its Assembly stages it will return to speak to both CIGO and APGI again about the revision of the original 1973 regulations under which birth death registration data is currently collected GRONI appears to be looking at the system currently in place in Scotland and the Republic of Ireland which while requesting details about parents names from those registering deaths does not make giving those details compulsory if the informant does not know them Here in the Republic registrars have not reported any particular difficulty in obtaining parents names when registering deaths and contact by CIGO with a small number of registrars in Northern Ireland has established that none believed that obtaining parents names would prove to be either a difficuilty for registration staff or a burden on the public Both CIGO and APGI extend their thanks and appreciation to the members of the FPSC for allowing their representatives to appear before them to submit evidence in relation to the Bill and to the forthcoming new registration regulations Winning their support for our campaign to include parents names in death registrations will hopefully have made all the difference 14th February 2009 Northern Irish Death Registrations to Include Parents names On the 14th January Steven Smyrl CIGO Executive Liaison Officer gave oral evidence before the Northern Ireland Assembly s Finance Personnel Scrunity Committee in relation to the Civil Registration Bill 2007 Steven was joined in giving evidence by Robert Davison former Hon Secretary of the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland APGI The Bill will amend the Births and Deaths Registration Northern Ireland Order 1976 and thereby allow the General Register Office of Northern Ireland GRONI to modernise the delivery of this vital service Clauses 13 22 of the Bill will allow the creation of an Internet based access service to scanned images of the original register entries which date back to 1845 Scanned images will be available on line of all birth records compiled over 100 years ago marriages over 75 years ago and deaths over 50 years ago It is hoped that this service will begin within the next two years In briefing notes released to CIGO before the evidence session reference was made by GRONI to the future improvement in data recorded in death registrations In future parents names and

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  • CIGO News Archive 2010
    and a small number for the city of Dublin But with the latest additions the site now also includes original Church of Ireland records from counties Kerry Cork Dublin and Carlow and is supplemented with the various published transcripts of those parishes whose records were subsequently destroyed in 1922 when the Public Record Office of Ireland was consumed by fire The website now contains more than two million records all of which can be accessed online at no cost Much of the surviving Church of Ireland parishes records for Dublin city are included some dating back to the early seventeenth century Significantly even though these are Protestant records up until the opening of the city s cemeteries in the 1830s the parish burial registers generally include all denominations Contracts have been signed with data agencies to continue the work with the completion of the Catholic parish records for Dublin and for south and west Co Cork which comprise the RC diocese of Cork Ross before the end of the year At that time about a further million records will be added to the website Making the scanned images of the various parish registers available online in addition to the indexes will have the added benefit of preventing yet further wear and tear of the original records Website www irishgenealogy ie 3rd June 2010 1901 Census of Ireland The 1901 Census of Ireland has been published online at http www census nationalarchives ie today 12th April 2010 Archives in Crisis Symposium Saturday 10th April saw over 250 archivists readers genealogists students staff and researchers pack into Trinity s arts block for the Archives in Crisis symposium Such an overwhelming turn out proves beyond any doubt that there is strong opposition to the Government s plan to merge Ireland s National Archives into the National Library At a time when it has almost become impossible to motivate public opinion this extraordinarily well attended event will send a very strong and clear message to Mary Hanafin TD the new Minister for Tourism Culture Sport that those who work within the world of archives need to be fully consulted before any draft legislation is published As an initial step the minister could show good faith by moving quickly to complete the appointment of the National Archives Advisory Council NAAC which is outstanding since the last NAAC went out of office in 2007 The appointment of the NAAC is a statutory requirement under section 20 of the National Archives Act 1986 You can read more about this story here and in The Irish Times 12th April 16th February 2010 UK Government Set to Abolish Edited Electoral Register CIGO has discovered that out of the blue and only eight years after it was first created the British government is proposing to abolish the publicly available UK Edited Electoral Register While access to the Full Electoral Register is limited to purposes relating to elections crime detection and fraud prevention the Edited Electoral Register which anyone can opt out of is open to all When completing the yearly application form to be entered onto the annual electoral register each UK citizen can choose whether or not to be included in the publicly available Edited Electoral Register In October 2007 Gordon Brown the UK Prime Minster commissioned Dr Mark Walport and Richard Thomas to undertake an independent review of the use of personal information in the public and private sector Amongst a number of recommendations is one that the Edited Electoral Register should cease to be commercially available and if this proposal is carried that it should be abolished as it would no longer serve any purpose The UK Justice Minister Michael Wills has admitted that there are strong opinions on the future of the Edited Register and before considering any changes we need to further understand the impact that this may have on different groups of people The Government has noted Dr Mark Walport and Richard Thomas s recommendation that the Edited Register should be abolished But we also recognise that the edited version of the electoral register acts as a comprehensive list of names and addresses of use to businesses organisations and individuals The UK government has launched a period of consultation which they say will help us consider the potential impact of the changes proposed The Ministry of Justice Press Office say that the consultation aims to build a firmer evidence base about the advantages and disadvantages of the edited version of the electoral register and the impact of any changes made to it And that views and evidence are invited from the public and other stakeholders about how they could be affected by its abolition On the basis of the evidence gathered the government will consider a range of options for the future of the Edited Register including abolition changing the process by which individuals are included on it or improving public awareness of it However the consultation seeks views on six proposed options none of which includes no change which might suggest that the abolition of the Edited Electoral Register in one form or another is a foregone conclusion The six proposals are i abolish the Edited Register as soon as practicable ii set a timescale or trigger point for abolition of the Edited Register iii abolish the Edited Register as soon as practicable but consider extending access to the full electoral register iv retain the Edited Register but impose restrictions in legislation on who can purchase it and for what purposes v replace the current opt out provision on the Edited Register with an opt in option vi improve guidance for the public about the Edited Register For genealogists it looks as if the last of the six options would be the best to plump for improve guidance for the public about the Edited Register More information about this issue and how to submit your views can be found on the Ministry of Justice website The period of consultation closes on Tuesday 23rd

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  • CIGO News Archive 2011
    the difficulty in measuring the impact on tourist numbers visiting Ireland of the provision of genealogical records online whether records should be placed online free or on a pay per view basis the inadequacies of the genealogical services provided by the General Register Office the high charges levied by the Irish Family History Foundation for transcripts of entries from parish registers and other records and the relative importance of church records and census records Many people spoke passionately on all sides of these arguments Mark Henry of Tourism Ireland invited those interested in participating in the Tourism Ireland stand at the next Who Do You Think You Are exhibition in London to make contact with him Fintan Mullen of the Ulster Historical Foundation a member of the Irish Family History Foundation announced the availability of records at a discounted price of 85 pence for bulk purchasers and that profits from sales are being reinvested in digitising parish records up to 1930 Stephen Curran of the Ordnance Survey of Ireland demonstrated the online historic map archive which is now available free Various companies discussed the latest standards for protection conservation scanning and digitisation of historical records Another speaker who will remain nameless generated looks of horror by producing an example of an original 19th century parish register from a backpack and waving it in front of the audience The Leitrim County Librarian Seán Ó Súilleabháin revealed that printed indexes to Co Leitrim parish registers were once freely available on the open shelves in Leitrim County Library but were withdrawn in order to reduce the drain on staff resources caused by the number of genealogical queries being directed to library staff After the lunch break Maeve McKeever of Fáilte Ireland estimated that genealogy brought approximately 88 000 visitors to Ireland in 2010 Stephen Scarth of PRONI put genealogy s position as the poor relation in context by comparing the cost of PRONI s recently opened state of the art facility in Belfast GBP 30 million with that of the nearby Titanic Signature Building GBP 97 million Antoinette O Bryen of the Clare Heritage Centre quoted a satisfied member of the diaspora who told her after she arranged for him to rent the old cottage on the Atlantic coast that his ancestor emigrated from in the 1860s that genealogy is all about looking out the same half door at the same sunset that the ancestors looked at 150 years ago Joe Whelan got one of his first opportunities to promote the irishgathering ie website an example of a concept mentioned by Paddy Waldron in his earlier presentation Kieran Feely announced that the GRO is currently working on preparations to get its mothballed digitisation project restarted but could not say how long it would take to complete Michael Byrne of the Offaly Historical Archaeological Society speculated on how much might have been raised by charging one euro for access to a 1901 or 1911 census return but not on how much might have been raised by charging one euro rather than five euro to look at a transcript of a parish register entry All speakers avoided the technical economic terms like price elasticity and externality for the difficult problems being discussed Fíona Tipple of the Genealogical Society of Ireland summed up the debate nicely by asking the audience to consider whether genealogical records should be considered a national resource to be viewed in context benefitting the many or as a product to be viewed on a pay per view basis benefitting the few John Grenham put a strong case for moral generosity and our moral duty to reconnect with the diaspora He encouraged the institutions intent on charging for access to records to focus on the needs of the researcher not on the needs of the institution He urged that the IFHF database of entries transcribed from parish registers be retrofitted to the proposed digital images of the NLI parish register microfilms several IFHF representatives had earlier pleaded that plans to put the NLI microfilms online be scrapped The proceedings ended with a passionate address by Catriona Crowe of the National Archives who pleaded guilty unapologetically to being one of the ideologically driven people who believes that our genealogical records are part of our national cultural patrimony and should be freely available to all researchers both genealogists and those involved in all other forms of scholarship from history to anthropology Click here to read an outline of the presentation made by CIGO chairman Paddy Waldron 1st May 2011 Two more organisations join CIGO as associate members Alberta Family Histories Society recently became an associate member of CIGO Also recognising the important work CIGO undertakes in the world of Irish genealogy the UK s Federation of Family History Societies has also joined as an associate member The support of both organisations for CIGO s work is much appreciated There are now thirteen full constituent members of CIGO and twenty overseas associate members 12th April 2011 Former President of APGI praises CIGO s work on 1926 census release In a letter to The Irish Times Paul Gorry immediate past President of the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland recently praised CIGO s work in obtaining a commitment from the new Heritage Minister Jimmy Deenihan TD to release redacted data from the 1926 census of Ireland You can read Paul s comments here 4th April 2011 Copy Your 2011 Census Form The 2011 Census of Population of Ireland is due to take place next Sunday night April 10 2011 The following useful advice is being circulated by the Clare Roots Society one of CIGO s constituent organisations Don t forget that the information which you record on this year s Census form will not be released to genealogical researchers for 100 years i e until the year 2111 Your future descendants may be as impatient then as today s researchers are impatient now to see the returns of the 1921 census which never took place due to

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  • CIGO News Archive 2012
    the Irish 1926 Census Progress on the early release of the Irish 1926 census has slowed down in recent months However there is no substance to recent rumours that the delay has been caused by the issue of redaction of sensitive data relating to people alive or not who have as yet not reached their 100 th birthday During the visit of Uachtarán na hÉireann President of Ireland Michael D Higgins to the National Archives of Ireland on Thursday 1 st November representatives of the Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations CIGO spoke with Minister for Arts Culture and Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan TD Minister Deenihan confirmed that redaction is not an obstacle to the release of the 1926 census and that he would still like to see the project on course for release in 2016 Mr Deenihan did however indicate that one of the unresolved issues of itself not directly related to the 1926 census relates to an ongoing court case involving the Central Statistics Office and access to census data In the meantime the Minister said that he would be keen to find ways of funding the preservation cataloguing and digitisation of the original records CIGO believes that might well include funding other than from the public purse Redaction of sensitive data in order to allow publication appears to have recently been given credence by the Irish Military Archives for the work it has undertaken on the Free State s 1922 Military Census The column noting each soldier s next of kin initially had to be redacted given qualms that some next of kin may have been young relatives who might yet be still living However the issue looks set to be resolved and redaction not required after all In his recent conversation with CIGO representatives Minister Deenihan indicated that it is still his intention to bring a memo to Cabinet about the 1926 census in the near future CIGO wishes him well with this project and looks forward to the census being made available whether redaction is eventually required or not as soon as possible 20th September 2012 Research at the General Register Office CIGO has campaigned long and hard for improvements at the coal face of Irish genealogy Dublin s General Register Office Finally there appears to be a glimmer of hope that pleas for change are finally being listening to In the past couple of weeks the GRO has quietly introduced a change in policy for General Searches Hitherto when a party of people came in to the GRO s Dublin based Public Search Room each of the party was required to pay a General Search fee of 20 Now up to three persons can work on foot of one General Search fee and can collectively take up to five years of indexes from the shelves at any one time Further each person on a General Search is now entitled to up to eight uncertified copies photocopies of register entries rather than five as had been the case until now Whether these changes were made on foot of the criticism levelled at the GRO by the Irish Ombudsman in her recent report Hidden History The Law the Archives and the General Register Office is not clear see below CIGO was one of the two main genealogy organisations which were asked to give evidence to the Ombudsman for inclusion in the report However it seems too much of a coincidence not to have played some part in this change It is still too early to say if these changes will have any marked effect on how researchers manage their time at the GRO While welcoming these changes Steven Smyrl one CIGO s two Executive Liaison Officers said that On a daily basis some researchers require more than eight photocopies while others require only one or two A more efficient method of supplying photocopies of register entries would be to allow researchers to apply for up to three at a time and then once they have been supplied to be allowed to submit another three photocopy request slips and so on In the meantime genealogists should keep in mind that they can also apply for uncertified copies photocopies from the local Dublin registration office on Lombard Street East about 8 minutes walk from the GRO Provision of uncertified copies photocopies at Lombard Street East was secured four years ago through successful lobbying by CIGO see Good News on GRO s Five Photocopy Rule 27th February 2008 13th August 2012 Ombudsman publishes Report on General Register Office The Irish Ombudsman Emily O Reilly has published a report entitled Hidden History The Law the Archives and the General Register Office Taking two years to complete the report arose out of a complaint by a member of the public a person well known to some members of the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland APGI As was highlighted by CIGO during the Bill stages of the Civil Registration Act 2004 the complainant found that research in the actual original civil registers dating back to 1845 was denied to him after the passing of the new Act In giving the background to the case and the issues which it highlighted the Ombudsman s office sifted through all the available material quoting only that which it saw as relevant The Ombudsman s findings confirmed that the public has a right of access to all GRO records under the Civil Registration Act 2004 through searching the centralised indexes held at the GRO s Dublin based research facility However in addition the Ombudsman found that under the National Archives Act 1986 the public also has a right of access to the original registers held at local registration offices around the country The only caveat was that to fall under the provisions of the National Archives Act the registers must have been compiled thirty or more years ago As Ireland s leading representative genealogy organisations both the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland APGI and CIGO were heavily consulted in the compiling of the report providing both written and oral submissions Most of the quotes in section 6 are attributable to Helen Kelly President of APGI or Steven Smyrl one CIGO s two executive liaison officers In particular Ms Kelly is quoted as saying It is imperative that not only should APGI members have access to the actual registers or copies of them but that all genealogists and historians should have the same access Microfilm copies of historic national registers could easily be made available through such institutions as the National Archives and or the National Library In welcoming the report on behalf of APGI Ms Kelly said The Ombudsman s findings are a victory for common sense Until 2004 under the former Victorian legislation the public s right of access to locally held civil registers was enshrined in law Arbitrarily this right was stripped away under the 2004 Act and all locally held register books placed beyond reach You can read more on APGI s response to the report here The story was also covered on the Internet Blog Irish Genealogy News CIGO joins with APGI in calling upon the GRO to make available to the Department of Arts Culture the Gaeltacht a copy of its database of scanned images of the civil registers so that those records can swiftly be added to the Department s website www irishgenealogy ie where many other genealogy sources are already made publicly available for free In addition CIGO again reminds the GRO and the government department under which it operates Department of Social Protection of the calls made by it a decade ago in the report which issued from the massively attended public meeting organised by CIGO in Dublin on Saturday 7th August 1999 The report noted that the meeting has passed a unanimous resolution to request the Minister for Health Children to deposit microfilm copies of the important national archive that are the civil registers of birth death and marriage with the accompanying indexes at National Library of Ireland During 2000 the National Library will open its new genealogy wing in which will be housed microfilm copies of many of Ireland s genealogical records Presenting a copy of the registers up to at least 1900 would not only reward the National Library s initiative but would have far reaching effects upon relieving the congestion in the GRO s Public Search Room Details about the public meeting and the resolutions passed at it were subsequently published in The Irish Independent on the 19th January 2000 23rd July 2012 IFHF Adds Quarter of a Million Waterford Marriages to its Online Database The Irish Family History Foundation has added 242 000 marriages from Waterford city and county to its pay per view website rootsireland ie The marriages are taken from parish registers of both Roman Catholic and the surviving Church of Ireland parishes from across the county The Foundation s database now comprises approximately 19 5 million records and covers every county in Ireland but Carlow Clare Kerry south west Cork and Dublin See the interactive map here Some of what the Foundation doesn t cover is included on the Irish Department for Arts Culture and the Gaeltacht s website irishgenealogy ie Here you can find for free Church of Ireland Roman Catholic and even one Dublin Prersbyterian congregation s records from counties Carlow Cork Dubln and Kerry Researchers should always keep in mind that Church of Ireland records can never be considered comprehensive given that the records from two thirds of parishes were destroyed in the great conflagration which consumed the Irish public records during the Irish civil war in 1922 29th June 2012 GRONI goes to Tender for Pay Per View Service The General Register Office of Northern Ireland GRONI has announced a public tender for the provision of a service providing access to older GRO records over the Internet on a pay per view basis something similar to that provided in Edinburgh by Scotland s People GRONI had indicated to CIGO last year that it expected to go to tender during 2012 and in fact in January it indicated that it was likely to happen in early summer This is something that CIGO lobbied for in its submission to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2009 In her Blog Claire Santry indicates that the new online service will cover births 1864 1913 marriages 1845 1938 deaths 1864 1963 This is in line with the lobbying made by CIGO to GRONI over the past decade when it was considering new legislation Initially there was to be a longer embargo on data in deaths and marriages but CIGO and others successfully argued against this Under the new legislation full access will still be facilitated to all civil registration records held by GRONI at their offices in Belfast However CIGO hopes that the pay per view fee will not prove exorbitant GRONI already charges 14 per certificate You can read more on Clare s Blog here Finally the General Register Office of Ireland based in Dublin seems to be lagging further and further behind in the provision of digital data over the Internet One would be forgiven for assuming that it might never happen 11th June 2012 Obituary for Randal Gill Appears in The Irish Times An obituary piece penned by Steven Smyrl appeared in the Appreciation column of today s edition of The Irish Times recalling Randal Gill s extraordinary commitment and contribution to genealogy in Ireland The piece makes particular reference to the North of Ireland Family History Society of which Randal was a founding member Read the full piece here Randal Gill An Appreciation 23rd May 2012 Death of John Heueston For the second time in just a few weeks CIGO regrets to announce the death on 19 May 2012 following a long illness of a council member and past chairman John Heueston one of whose last public appearances was at the burial of his successor as Chairman Randal Gill just two weeks before his own death CIGO would like to express its sympathy on John s death to the Heueston family and to the members of the Irish Family History Society of which he was current treasurer and former chairman 1998 2003 Although he was born and raised in Dublin John spent many of his working years in Scotland It was after his return to Ireland that he eventually joined the IFHS having long had an interest in genealogy Later he was awarded a Diploma in Local History by N U I Maynooth He was the first point of contact with the IFHS dealing with all correspondence through email and by post He was also the familiar face at the table welcoming members to IFHS meetings at Dublin City Library Archive Pearse St Dublin He served as Chairman of CIGO during the year 2006 2007 John s main area of interest and research was Co Sligo and he published on aspects of the county Despite his poor health John continued to carry out his work for the IFHS and CIGO to the end He will be laid to rest on Friday 25th May in Shanganagh Cemetery in Co Dublin following a Funeral Service in Kill o the Grange Parish Church C of I at 11 00 o clock 5th May 2012 Death of Randal Gill CIGO would like to express its sympathy to the Gill family and the members of the North of Ireland Family History Society on the sudden death of the NIFHS s President and CIGO council member and past chairman Randal Gill which took place on 29th April Randal was laid to rest in St Patrick s churchyard in Curtlestown Co Wicklow today Full obituaries can be found in Eastman s Online Genealogy Newsletter written by Randal s fellow CIGO council member from the NIFHS Robert C Davison and on the NIFHS s own website 16th April 2012 Update from Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives from Irish Genealogy News On her blog Irish Genealogy News Claire Santry updates family historians on new items transcribed and added to the webpages of the Ireland Genealogy Project Read more here 15th April 2012 And John Grenham again In his Irish Times blog John Grenham has written about the new scanned images of 20th century will calendars on the website of the National Archives of Ireland see below 29th March He also praises CIGO when he says The site now also has PDF copies of all the Calendars from 1923 to 1982 though finding them is like searching for an invisible needle in an invisible haystack The best guide is not on NAI s own site but comes from the Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations tinyurl ie 8ff Enough said Read John s full blog entry here 9th April 2012 High profile genealogist John Grenham comments on IFHF s new charges In his weekly genealogy column in The Irish Times well known Irish genealogist and patron of CIGO has commented on the new charging regime implemented by the Irish Family History Foundation for data through its website www rootsireland ie With typical humour John has nevertheless brought into sharp focus the bizarre new charging structure implemented You can read John s comments here and those of others with concerns too In its recent e Bulletin available to members the Irish Genealogical Research Society IGRS noted about the tone of the Terms and Conditions for using the IFHS website were hectoring and threatening and it begs the question of who on earth advised them on their public relations policy Who indeed 29th March 2012 National Archives of Ireland puts Calendars of Wills and Administrations online The National Archives of Ireland has quietly begun to put PDF versions of its Calendars of Wills and Administrations online This is a great new online resource for Irish genealogy even though it is still riddled with teething problems The original Calendars cover all 32 counties of Ireland from 1858 to independence and the 26 counties of what is now the Republic of Ireland since then However at the moment those scanned and online only run from 1923 The index on the National Archives website is completely impenetrable but for now this index on the CIGO Links page is the best entry point at the moment The Calendars are PDF files where P stands for Portable but are about as portable as the physical books from which they were made so don t try using them on a dial up connection The PDFs do not appear to be searchable or even bookmarked at this stage so you will have to scroll or page down through the whole book to find the name you seek The calendar has been digital since 1983 and those entries for the years 1983 to 1990 can be found through general searching of the online National Archives catalogue Within the next few months a new searchable database compiled by FamilySearch is to be added to the National Archives website covering the period 1858 1922 PRONI s online database covers the years 1858 1943 but relates only to those entries for the six counties which form Northern Ireland The entries in the database for the years 1858 1919 were abstracted from the all Ireland Calendars of Wills and Administrations and can be found on the PRONI website Part of 1921 has still to be added to this database as does all of 1920 However the database is complete for the years 1922 1943 for all Northern Ireland grants NB for the pre 1922 period the PRONI database does not note grants issued by the Principal Registry based in Dublin only those grants issued from the District Registries of Armagh Belfast Londonderry which fall within the boundaries of what became Northern Ireland From 1922 a new Principal Registry was established in Belfast to serve Northern Ireland 10th March 2012 CIGO s 1926 Census Campaign Wins Irish Cabinet and Government Approval CIGO is delighted pass

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