Genealogy is a collaborative effort, and we are best served by respecting those we collaborate with.
I am frustrated by the plagiarism found in amateur genealogical research. It's an unpleasant word, but I call it as I see it. The number of "researchers" who proclaim "Oh, I don't have much in the way of sources, I just do this for fun.", astounds me. The frequency with which we come across improperly cited information is alarming. This sort of thing is often excused under the guise of "amateur" or "hobbyist", but common sense and ethics tell us we must give credit where credit is due. In addition to being unethical and in some cases illegal, this behavior prevents peer-review and leads to misinformation. It is up to serious researchers to push the issue, demand citations and prompt others to do the right thing.
While most, if not all, of the genealogical data here is in the public domain, the intellectual property contained here is not, and it is copyrighted. This includes, but is not limited to: analysis, original findings/connections, stitching together of disparate research from multiple sources, notes, comments, opinions, presentation of the material, articles, etc.
YOU MAY ADD INFORMATION FOUND HERE TO YOUR OWN GEDCOM OR WEBSITE AND PUBLISH IT IF YOU PROPERLY CITE ME (Mark A. Merritt) AND THIS WEBSITE (www.merrittfamily.org). YOU MUST MAKE THAT CITATION AVAILABLE IN YOUR PUBLISHED WORK SO THAT OTHERS WILL KNOW TO CONTACT ME DIRECTLY REGARDING MY OWN RESEARCH. If you publish information on a website, please provide a link to www.merrittfamily.org.
You do not have permission to absorb my work into yours without citations, remove my citatons, edit my notes or articles, or do anything that would make it difficult for someone else to recognize what portions of your work are really mine. You may not use my work for profit.
Articles authored by me and posted here from time to time are copyrighted. You may quote brief passages without perimission provided you properly cite the article fully: Article Name, Mark A. Merritt (Pomona, NY: www.merrittfamily.org, Year) p.#.
At the present time, gedcom downloads are not available at this site, and my own database facts are not presented here with citations. I do this to encourage visitors to contact me for information, and so that I can convey my opinion regarding the quality of the sources relevant to their inquiry. I will share my citations with researchers who are willing to collaborate.
Databases compiled by and articles written by third parties that may be posted here from time to time are, of course, not my work, but that of the individual compiler or author and are cited as such. You should contact them before using their material.
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The HTML, scripts and other intellectual property of a technical nature found here are a combination of my work and that of others. You do not have permission to "poach" this work from this website. You would be far better served by examining the material described below:
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Happy roots digging,
Mark A. Merritt
23 May 2001