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From: "Linda M. Towne" <>
Subject: Re: [SCT-ISLEOFMULL] website
Date: Mon, 04 Jul 2011 19:30:34 -0400
You raise some interesting questions.
From my perspective, as someone who visits both Ian and Michael's
websites as well as another Mull website devoted to the MacCormicks -
and of course, various more general websites such as Scotlands People,
Ancestry and FamilySearch - I find that the more choices there are, the
more likely that I'll come across the information or clue I'm looking
for. Every website is set up differently and focuses on a different
subset of information and as a serious researcher (I've been researching
genealogy for 25 years and Mull specifically for over a decade), I
welcome information wherever I can find it.
As for research rights - my understanding is that there is no legal
right (copyright) for basic genealogical facts - names, dates, places.
One can copyright narrative and of course, photographs and images do
fall under copyright protection depending on when they were created.
It's certainly your choice whether or not to take Michael up on his
offer just as it is your choice to post on this list (which is archived
by Rootsweb - owned by Ancestry.com which is a for-profit company) or to
share your information with Ian (who, like Michael, supports his website
out of his own pocket). If you're not comfortable sharing your
information and research in that manner - then by all means, don't.
Personally I've received so much help and assistance from other
researchers over the years, that I'm happy to share the results of my
research (much of which is collaborative anyway) with others. I love
this hobby and I like paying it forward. But at 40, I've grown up
alongside the internet - I was dialling into bulletin boards before web
browsers became popular - and I'm very comfortable with online sharing.
I do understand that not everyone is.
On 7/4/2011 12:38 PM, John Gibb wrote:
> Couple of questions spring to mind. 1. Is there really a requirement for another Mull family research site ? Why not add your knowledge to the original website ? 2. If you have rights to other peoples research what is to stop you selling that on ?
> On 4 Jul 2011, at 16:53, "MF"<> wrote:
>> While things are a tad quiet.
>> I've experimented with making my website interactive - giving users their own Family Tree, with admin rights to that Tree (adding/correcting info/media etc.........)
>> I would now like to extend this to any listers who wish to do the same
>> If you have not already done so, and wish to participate, please register a username, stating your preferred Tree name.
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Linda MacCormick Towne