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From: Caroline Bradford <>
Subject: Re: [Ess] Ancestry's Essex archives etc
Date: Sun, 26 Sep 2010 16:45:12 +0200
The vast majority of Ancestry's data derive from national and local archives and the originals remain there, to be accessed and used just as they were for generations of family historians before Ancestry existed.
The raw data does not belong to Ancestry - most of the UK data is provided on licence - though the transcriptions are their copyright.
The small proportion of "user submitted" data should be regarded with the utmost circumspection. Far from originating from family collections, many of the trees which are submitted to Ancestry are cobbled together from the work of others, with mistakes perpetuated from tree to tree.
On 26 Sep 2010, at 15:49, "colleen" <> wrote:
> Ancestry must hold a huge amount of Essex and other data, some of this irreplaceable as it's taken from families' personal archives and photographs. Have Ancestry stated what they would do with all of the data/ archives they hold in the event of the company ceasing to trade at some unspecified time in the future - which happens to most companies eventually? This data effectively belongs to Ancestry once it's posted to their site, so they may either sell, preserve, donate or destroy it at will? Have Ancestry stated what they would do with this data in the event of the company no longer trading? Personally, I would like Ancestry to donate copies of the data to international archive organisations such as local records offices, Societies of genealogists, national archives and so on, to ensure its perservation. What are others' views about this?
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