Compendium of U.S. Copyright Practices, 3rd Edition

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715.1 What Is a Genealogy?


715.1 What Is a Genealogy?


A genealogy is a work that contains information about the history of a particular family. These types of works typically contain a substantial amount of factual information, such as the names of family members, dates of birth, marriage, death, and other significant events, as well as family trees illustrating the relationships between family members.


Frequently, this information is obtained from various sources, such as letters, diaries, scrapbooks, photo albums, birth certificates, marriage licenses, church records, census records, wills and probate records, gravestones, and the like. Much of this material may be in the public domain, it may be previously published, it may be previously registered with the U.S. Copyright Office, or it may be separately owned by another copyright owner.


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