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Subject: Re: [Ess] Re: Access to registers
Date: Fri, 9 Jun 2006 03:36:07 EDT
In a message dated 08/06/2006 22:29:50 GMT Standard Time,
Some parish registers - which I understand include burial/death
registers of those who died less than a 100 years ago - are not available
for general public viewing at the ERO because they contain entries less than
a century old and viewing may therefore breach the Data Protection
I have been following the above thread with interest and would like to make
the following points as I understand them.
1. The Data Protection Act only refers to information held on computer,
other legislation covers information held in other ways. Different types of
information have different disclosure rules.
2. Any restriction on disclosure of Parish Registers by the ERO must surely
come from the Parishes concerned, otherwise I would have been unable to
purchase certain Parish Records from them. I have in front of me fiche of burial
registers of one Parish going up to and including 1990 purchased from the ERO.
3. Certificates are not issued by the ERO or any other Record Office, they
are either issued by the GRO or the local Register Office.
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