Dr Susan Hood, Secretary to the Library and Archives Committee, said this arises from some recent situations involving copying and/or publication of parish registers and other records held locally.
The guidelines are being sent for the immediate attention of every member of the clergy and parish secretary, 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:-
Dr Hood said: “They are sent in good faith to facilitate you and your select vestries to deal sensitively and sensibly with information in their custody, know what rules to apply, and KEEP THE RECORDS SAFE.”
The Guidelines may be downloaded at this link: www.ireland.anglican.org/selectvestry/guidelines
Any queries should be directed to the Library at Representative Church Body Library, Braemor Park, Churchtown, Dublin 14; Tel: 01-4923979 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.