From the U.S. Copyright Office: “Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed.”

Allen County INGenWeb Project, is part of the volunteer INGenWeb Project and USGenWeb Project, providing "Free" online genealogical information for educational and research purposes since 1996. We provide hundreds of pages on our Allen INGenWeb site, with links to other genealogy web sites like Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana, Allen County Public Library genealogy collection The Genealogy Center, tombstone photos on the NSDAR - National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Mary Penrose Chapter site, the Fort Wayne History Center blog, the Internet Archive ebooks, Google ebooks, blog's, photos, videos, and any other online resources that might provide information for successful family history and genealogy research.

We attempt to provide proper citation links to online sources, but mistakes happen. If you find errors or ommisions please let us know.

The Allen County INGenWeb Project pages welcome the "Fair Use" of our web site and its contents for research purposes which includes proper citation to the source. Reproduction of these digital works for any commercial purpose without prior authorization is strictly prohibited.

Fair Use

The United States Copyright Law (U.S.C. Title 17, Section 107) allows limited use of copyrighted material without permission from the copyright holder. The Fair Use clause of the U.S. Copyright Law permits use of copyrighted works for the purposes of criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research without seeking the permission of the copyright owner. These uses are not an infringement of copyright.

Additional Information

  1. 10 Big Myths about copyright explained by Brad Templeton originally 1994, updated 2008
  2. Copyright blog on THE LEGAL GENEALOGIST blog has several important topics including Copyright and the lost letters, Copyright and the website, Copyright and the old family photo, Photos and the family homestead, Copyright and the obit, Copyright and the post-1963 obit, Copyright & the newspaper article.
  3. Copyright and Fair Use - Stanford University Libraries - Videos on Fair Use
  4. Copyright and Fair Use in the UMUC Online or Face-to-Face Classroom - University of Maryland University College
  5. Copyright Resources for Genealogy Societies - from the Federation of Genealogical Societies
  6. Copyright and Copy Wrong -- Genealogists and Family Historians need to do it RIGHT! December 6, 2012 from the National Genealogical Society
  7. Copyright Myths - Dick Eastman's Newsletter September 14, 2011 discussion with reader comments
  8. Copyright Term and Public Domain in the United States - Cornell University table of dates and terms
  9. Citing Primary Sources Library of Congress - based on MLA-Style Citation Format and Chicago Citation Format.
  10. Frequently Asked Questions about Copyright - by U.S. Copyright Office
  11. Guidelines For Publishing Web Pages On The Internet The National Genealogical Society
  12. Is It Covered By Copyright? - Consult the Copyright Genie - What's Your Wish?
  13. Online Guides to Citing Electronic Sources Purdue Online Writing Lab
  14. The Online Books Page - Frequently Asked Questions - lists over a million online books
  15. Stop, Thief! What Exactly Is Plagiarism and How Can I Defend My Work? October 24, 2012 by  on The Freelance Strategist.
  16. United States Copyright Office has a list of factsheets
  17. Using Creative Commons Licenses for Sharing your Genealogy FamilySearch TechTips April 12, 2012

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