24 July 2012

Why can’t we all just get along?

Genealogical records access! 

Upfront with NGS (and elsewhere) have often posted bits and pieces about access to vital records and we have all probably read or heard tales of trying to access cemeteries located on “private or church lands,” gaining access to records held privately or by church or religious archives, etc.

As genealogists, we are ALWAYS seeking access to records!  Earlier this month, the IrishTimes.com posted a piece about the situation in Ireland where records are increasingly becoming more available to researchers and yet the “challenges” Irish researchers still face due to conflicts over ownership issues etc.

I recently had a long conversation with a veteran member of the Irish Family History Foundation, the umbrella group for the heritage centres behind the biggest Irish genealogy website, rootsireland.ie. The sense of outrage and persecution felt by IFHF members is extraordinary. It is largely directed at the Irish public service –civil servants, National Archives, National Library and others. And I had to tell him that, as far as I knew, the feelings were reciprocated, and just as intensely...

Read the complete post.

This situation is NOT unique to Ireland!  What current “turf wars” do you feel are most hindering “our” access to material of value to our genealogical research?

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