Arising from some recent situations involving copying and/or publication of parish registers and other records held locally, the Library and Archives Committee has been prompted to issue a set of Guidelines, herewith attached, to provide clear guidance about the care and copyright governing parish registers; vestry minutes and related parish records; and inscriptions on memorials in burials grounds.
The Guidelines are designed to:-
1. Assist members of the clergy and select vestries with the care and custody of records held in parishes;
2. Raise awareness about the legal restrictions in place concerning copyright in the text of parish records and in inscriptions on memorials, with particular reference to
publishing such data on the internet or in printed formats.
The hope is that they will facilitate parishes to deal sensitively and sensibly with information in their custody, know what rules to apply, and KEEP THE RECORDS SAFE.
The Guidelines may also be downloaded from next week through the parish resources section of the website, at this link: www.ireland.anglican.org/ selectvestry/guidelines