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I received this from Roots-l and thought it a bit 'o information that we
may find to be helpful.
Happy New Year to all...
Barbara Bonham, Listowner
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From: steven smyrl <smyrl(a)iol.ie>
Subject: Irish General Register Office
If you are interested in Irish ancestry then you will be interested in
Council of Irish Genealogical Organisation's (CIGO) petition.
of ancestry in Ireland have long been frustrated by the service at
General Register Office (GRO) and the out-dated mode of access to its
records of birth, death and marriage which date from 1845. CIGO is
compiling a petition to lay before the Minister of Health, the Irish
government department under which the GRO comes, to request that
copies of the registers and indexes to 1900 should be made available
charge at the National Library of Ireland.
The Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations is a voluntary
organisation concerned with all issues affecting the practise of
on the island of Ireland. It was founded a number of years as a result
the Irish government's proposal to de-centralise the General Register
to Roscommon town. Since then it has been active in all areas of
bringing problems and suggestions to the attention of the various Irish
archive offices and bodies. In addition it provides a forum for
and interchange of ideas among its various constituent members as well
addressing concerns generated at government level in both administrative
areas of Ireland. Most of Ireland's principal genealogical bodies are
members of CIGO. Associate membership is open to overseas societies and
applications from them are welcomed. The current chairman is Steven C.
ffeary-Smyrlis the delegate of the Association of Professional
in Ireland. (The office chairman is rotated among all the Irish
If CIGO can achieve the petition's aim it can then put pressure upon the
Department to release the pre-1900 records on microfilm to other
and inter-national libraries and archives. We need your help. Please
web-site (address below) and sign the petition.
Dear List Members,
It is the day after Christmas and through all the land
starting Friday night, Santa delivered new computers,
internet service, and genealogy software to a host of new
rooters!! There will be an influx of new subscribers to all
They are/will be excited and want to share and become
involved overnight. This is good. But while you will see
new cousins, friends, and contacts coming on-line, joining
email lists, posting surnames, they will be asking questions
you have seen posted over and over again. Unfortunate as it
may be, new users mean we have to reinvent the wheel once
Please welcome these "newbies" to our list, have patience
with them, help them and above gently teach them the rules
by not overreacting. You can help them further by
refraining from using a lot of initials and abbreviations in
your responses. When discussing the FHC, please take a few
seconds to type "Family History Center". Be sure to explain
who, what, where, when, and once in awhile how. Don't
It cannot be overstressed how important your patience and
help will be for the next month or so. Mistakes will be
made ... there will be blank messages, no subject lines, or
[oh, horrors] entire digest in replies. There will be
subject lines like "Searching for "Smittie" Smith, ["Johnny
Johnson"], ["Aunt Mary"] send all information".
This is a good list and it is about helping each other.
Let's be specific and clear in our responses to folks, and
give a little extra in explanations. And, above all, please
keep in mind, that new subscribers may know nothing about
computers, the internet, and genealogy, resulting in many
extremely inexperienced researchers. If you see questions
regarding computers, software, etc, please respond to these
questions off list if at all possible. Remember, you are
the experienced one, the knowledgeable, the mentor.
If something not allowed slips through to the list, please
let it go by without response by you. I will take care of
it from this side. If it happens twice by the same person,
please just contact me personally to see if I am aware of
Remember one of these "newbies" just may have the proof you
have been looking for for thirty years ... so be cordial,
helpful, and informative as you can be!
Thank you for helping to make and keep this an excellent
list of helpfulness.
(Borrowed from another Listowner)
Barbara Farthing Bonham
The Family Snitch's Web http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~bfbonham
Crawford County PA Genealogy Society http://www.rootsweb.com/~pacrawgs/
Halifax Co, VA - VAGenWeb http://www.rootsweb.com/~vahalifa/indexhal.htm