10 April 2015

Public Domain Documents and Access -- An Opinion Piece by Dick Eastman on his blog

The title of a recent blog post by Dick Eastman (Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter aka EOGN) certainly got my attention ...

I Have a Complaint Concerning Many Genealogists

He then provides this warning ...

Warning: This article contains personal opinions.

This is an almost exact duplicate of an article I posted several years ago. The topic has come up again lately so I decided to publish it again for the benefit of those who did not read or do not remember the original article. I have changed a few words to make sure it covers recent comments.

The focus of his blog post is a discussion about the belief by many that public information should be free and not the private property of some company. You can read his entire post by clicking here.

I suggest you read his post and the posted comments (132 when I last checked a couple of days ago).  Whether you agree or not with the premise of his post, I found his analogy relevant and his perspective an interesting read.  It makes us think about public domain documents and what free access really means as we pursue the hunt for our ancestors.

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