At 10:30 am tomorrow morning, His Worship the Mayor, Adolfo J Canepa, will be receiving the Bethlehem Light of Peace on behalf of the people of Gibraltar at the City Hall. The Light will be presented by the Scouts’ Association (Gibraltar Branch), as has now become traditional, following its collection, this year, from the Movimiento Scouts Catolicos in La Linea de la Concepcion.
Gibraltar’s National Archives has a new feature, online access to birth, marriage and death certificates of British military personnel who served on the Rock from 1869 - 1914. The feature includes some 9104 records.
The records will help show a part of Gibraltar’s history that shaped and defined the Rock over more than 300 years. The records are subject to "omissions and transcription errors so users should be aware that they represent best approximation of knowledge".
Included in the records are 5563 births, 2749 deaths and 792 marriages. The records, that were gathered some 20 years ago, were collected to investigate health attributes of both civilian and military residents of Gibraltar. The Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages applied for permission from the Government of Gibraltar at the time.
Since the data was gathered, it has only been used in academic publications, but now, after the 100 year rule, which offers protection of personal information of all living individuals, the records till 1914 have been made available to the public.
Professor Larry Sawchuck of the University of Toronto Scarborough in Canada and Anthony Pitaluga, the Gibraltar Archivist are to thank for making these records available to the public. The project was supported by the University of Toronto Scarborough, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Gibraltar Civil Register Office.