Genealogical facts cannot be copyrighted; however, their presentation and format can be. For example, the following facts CANNOT be copyrighted:
John Smith died in 1865.
Mary Jones married John Smith in 1856.
William Smith was the son of Mary (Jones) and John Smith.
However, the following sentences CAN be copyrighted since they are original expressions/opinions of the author:
John Smith struggled greatly to survive the POW camp but died in 1865.
Mary Jones, obviously deeply in love, married John Smith in 1856.
Billy Smith, the wayward son of Mary and John Smith, was a troubled youth.
LEGAL NOTICE: The content of the Mashburn Genealogy Archives is copyrighted and can only be used with our permission. However, we grant blanket permission to individual researchers for personal and nonprofit use if, and only if, the Mashburn Genealogy Archives is fully cited as the source for that content.
Under no condition should the content of the Mashburn Genealogy Archives be reproduced or modified for commercial presentation or publication by any person or organizations without the written consent of the original contributor and/or copyright holder.
One should always cite (even if there is no legal requirement) because genealogy without documentation is not genealogy. Don’t be a name collector!