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      Hello Group.....
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      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Friday, May 24, 2013 11:21 AM
      Subject: Ireland's General Register Office Records Finally to Go Online

      > [May 23, 2013 - from Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter]
      > I received the following note from Steven C. Smyrl FIGRS, MAPGI, the
      > Executive Liaison Officer for the Council of Irish Genealogical
      > Organisations:
      > The Irish government has announced that indexes to birth, death & marriage
      > records which date from 1845 are soon to be made available through its
      > genealogy portal www.irishgenealogy.ie. This is terrific news, announced
      > in
      > CIGO's 21st year, the year in which it 'comes of age'.
      > Founded as the GRO Users Group, but soon after renamed the Council of
      > Irish
      > Genealogical Organisations, CIGO began life as a direct response to the
      > 1992
      > government announcement that the General Register Office (which holds
      > Ireland's civil records) was to be transferred out of Dublin to Roscommon
      > town. CIGO's successful lobbying quickly secured a commitment from the
      > Department to retain a public search facility in Dublin and thus laid the
      > foundations for its many acknowledged successes over the following 20
      > years.
      > With reference to the GRO, particular note should be made to CIGO's part
      > in
      > securing provision of improved family data in Irish death registrations on
      > both sides of the border.
      > Included in the newly published Social Welfare and Pensions (Miscellaneous
      > Provisions) Bill 2013 are amendments to section 61 of the Civil
      > Registration
      > Act 2004. These amendments will allow the Minister for Arts, Heritage &
      > the
      > Gaeltacht to make provision and legal framework for BMD indexes to be
      > placed
      > online. However, at this stage it isn't clear where the cut-off year will
      > fall. What constitutes 'historical' as opposed to 'modern' records has not
      > yet been released.
      > The announcement that BMD indexes will go online follows that recently
      > made
      > by GRONI (General Register Office for Northern Ireland) about its own
      > records going online in the late autumn. Under provisions in the Civil
      > Registration Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 - which CIGO was invited to give
      > oral evidence on at bill stages - GRONI will be making 'historic' indexes
      > and records available online for the first time on a pay-per-view basis.
      > By contrast, data on the Irish government's genealogy portal is free. In
      > welcoming the announcement Steven Smyrl, Executive Liaison Officer for
      > CIGO
      > and current President of the Association of Professional Genealogists in
      > Ireland, said "This is terrific news. CIGO has lobbied long and hard for
      > better access to civil records for genealogists and historians.
      > "It doesn't surprise me that this has finally happened under the current
      > government. The two ministers involved in this decision, Jimmy Deenihan TD
      > (Heritage Minister) and Joan Burton TD (Social Protection Minister) are
      > both
      > keen genealogists. In particular Mr Deenihan has proved to be fully
      > supportive of the genealogy lobby since before he came to office in 2011.
      > "This move will make Irish genealogical research easier and no doubt play
      > its own part in stimulating roots tourism."
      > For Irish genealogists everywhere this is most welcome news!
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