Saturday, May 17, 2008

behnd the scenes at GRO

Registration Services - Certificate Ordering Service: "Welcome to the General Register Office for England and Wales online ordering service

The General Register Office holds a central copy of all registrations for England and Wales. Local Register Offices also hold records of events registered in their area."

from my email:-

Dear Sir/Madam

I am emailing from the Certificate Services Contact Centre, General
Register Office (England & Wales). Please could you pass on the following
news item on to your society:

'We are pleased to announce that Certificate Services Branch will once
again be holding Open Days, giving members of the public a chance to find
out more about how birth, death and marriage certificates are produced and
see inside the wonderful Victorian building which is the home of Civil
Registration for England and Wales.

The Open Days will take place on Saturday 7th June 2008 and Saturday 14th
June 2008.

Visitors to the Open Days will be given the opportunity to:
Take a tour of the General Register Office ( GRO ) site in Southport
and see a demonstration of the certificate production processes.
View exhibitions from various Family History Organisations including
The National Archives.
View and discuss issues with other business areas of GRO
Attend talks on various topics connected with GRO and other

All places need to be booked well in advance.

If you are interested in attending on either of the above dates please
Certificate Services Contact Centre
Tel: 0151 471 4508 or 0151 471 4530
8:00am to 4:00pm - Monday to Friday '

Thank you for your assistance.

Kind Regards

Honora Ormesher
Certificate Services Contact Centre

and thanks to Ann Macey

Friday, May 16, 2008

Genealogy Computer

Genealogy Computer Tips & Tutorials
Genealogy Tips & Tutorials is the sister site of Genealogy Web Creations. Both were originally started to help those in the genealogy community who wanted/needed help in getting their genealogy information online. Much of the information will be of use to anyone who is wants to design and maintain their own website whether or not they are interested in genealogy.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

German Genealogy


In 2001 we began the mammoth task of transcribing London's parish registers. This was because of the poor coverage given to the East End by the IGI and our frustration at the lack of records available online. Having spent almost 6 months travelling to the London Metropolitan Archives researching our family history, we thought there had to be a better way of accessing parish register archives.

Our efforts thus far have seen much of Tower Hamlets registers transcribed and a few from Southwark too. These records are available for you to search in two different formats: Online database search and CD-ROMs."

Sunday, May 11, 2008

BBC Genealogy Radio

BBC - Radio 4 - Listen Again page:
"Tracing your Roots (30 min)
Sunday 11 May, 13:30 - 14:00

Exploring the practice of researching family history"
news from WDYTYA

after some news and a plug

Danish law on publication of personal data for genealogists

Datatilsynet: Slægtsforskning:
"Det er dog Datatilsynets opfattelse, at eksempelvis et familietræ med ganske ufølsomme (banale) oplysninger såsom navne, fødsels og dødsår kan offentliggøres på internettet uden samtykke.

Persondataloven gælder ikke for personers håndtering af oplysninger i forbindelse med udøvelse af aktiviteter af rent privat karakter.

Sålænge slægtsforskning foretages som en privat aktivitet, falder det uden for persondatalovens område. Det er f.eks. hvis en person alene forsker i slægt for sin egen interesses skyld som en almindelig fritidsaktivitet.

Hvis der videregives oplysninger til en bredere kreds, kan aktiviteten ikke siges at være af rent privat karakter.

Videregivelse af oplysningerne til personer inden for slægten vil ikke være en videregivelse til en bredere kreds - og slægtsforskerens behandling af personoplysninger vil derfor ikke være omfattet af persondataloven.

Hvis oplysningerne derimod offentliggøres f.eks. på internettet, vil der være tale om, at oplysningerne videregives til en bredere kreds. Så gælder loven. Dermed ikke sagt, at man ikke må bruge oplysningerne. Men de spilleregler, der følger af loven, skal overholdes."