With all of the talk about the 2006 Canadian Census, and people having the option of whether or not the information will be revealed in 2098, The Genealogue mentions that headstone information will become optional as well:
The upcoming Canadian census will ask respondents whether they want their answers made public in 2098. Now comes news that privacy zealots in Canada want to make headstones optional as well.
Ontario MP Paul Morrison explains: “We’ve read that identity thieves sometimes practice ‘tombstoning’â€”copying the names and dates from gravestones and creating false identities with the information. Before it ever happens here, we must stamp it oot . . . I mean out.”
A measure before Parliament would require Canadian citizens to declare whether they want their graves marked. Those who “opt in” will have stones placed on their graves 92 years after their deaths. Those who “opt out” will lie forever in unmarked graves. Those who fail to respond will be deposited in a mass grave somewhere within the icy bounds of Nunavut.
Genealogists are said to be concerned.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, The Genealogue presents: Top Ten Reasons to Date a Genealogist.
The Genealogue has news of tax breaks for genealogists that came out of President Bush’s “State of the Union” address last night, including writing off expenses such as photocopies and database subscriptions.
Teddy Kennedy was quoted as saying “It’s the same old story, this is just like when he gave Ancestry.com a no-bid contract to rebuild the 1890 census.”
The Genealogue has published the 2005 Genealogue Awards. Definitely a must-read for genealogists.
An Outlandish Holiday Wish List has been posted over at Ancestry.com.
One of those that struck home, unlabeled family photos:
Bless my ancestors and family members who were so thoughtful as to have labeled the photographs with names, dates, and locations. And curse the lazy so-and-so’s who did not! One thing I’d like to wake up on Christmas morning and find is that my boxes (plural!) of unlabeled photos have now been correctly labeled. That would clear up so many mysteries and help me put faces with names in my family database.
The list is good and is the work of George G. Morgan, President of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors.