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Message from the Board Administrator regarding the posting of obituaries

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Message from the Board Administrator regarding the posting of obituaries

Posted: 4 Sep 2003 9:55AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 17 Aug 2005 8:21AM GMT
When you'd like to post information about an obituary for genealogical purposes, please remember that the obit is under a copyright by the newspaper that printed it. Therefore, it's illegal to post the obit word-for-word the way it was printed in the paper.

The best way to pass along this valuable genealogy information is to post the facts in the obit and information about where to obtain the original.

For example, it's quite alright to post something like:

Ethel Finglefelter died 3 Sept 2003 in Any County, Texas and is survived by 4 children and 12 grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are handled through Tudmueller's Funeral Home in Large City. You can view the entire obituary at (give a link to the online newspaper here, or an address where the paper can be obtained.)

Once again, posting an obit word-for-word is copyright violation and I'll have to delete the post. So instead of this helpful information being lost, just give the bare essentials and point us toward the rest.

Happy hunting!

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