Category Archives: Terms of use

Changes in terms of use announced The genealogical community spoke… and a genealogical company listened. MyHeritage has thoroughly revised its terms of use for its newly-announced DNA Matching service — and the terms that the community may have had qualms … Continue reading

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Read the fine print The genealogy website MyHeritage announced this week that it’s launching a new DNA matching service. Using raw DNA files from testing companies such as Family Tree DNA, AncestryDNA or 23andMe, and family tree files uploaded by … Continue reading

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No major changes, just some tweaks Ancestry’s family of companies is in the process of updating its terms of use, applicable to all of its non-DNA-related websites, including,, and Ancestry Academy. The update — a minor rewrite … Continue reading

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A sale and privacy changes AncestryDNA has two things going on that genealogists need to know about this fine Sunday morning. A sale. And some changes in the privacy terms and conditions that users have to go along with if … Continue reading

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AAS terms of use The American Antiquarian Society. Sounds like something out of the far distant past, doesn’t it? But it is, instead, an historical library with a forward-thinking view of access to information that makes it — pure and … Continue reading

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Let’s review: terms of use Three years ago, The Legal Genealogist began an occasional series on terms of use. And every single time I sit down with anybody and talk about copyright issues and when we can and can’t use … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas! From The Legal Genealogist to all those who have so enriched my life in 2014… I wish you the merriest of Christmases! Disclaimer Terms and conditions may apply. Timely delivery of wishes from this server through the Internet … Continue reading

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And it’s basically no big deal So here we are, once again facing a long email and pop-up notices and more from Facebook with changes to its terms of use that will take effect on 1 January 2015. Terms of … Continue reading

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It’s theft Yet another case of genealogical theft is being reported in our community. This time, it’s the website GenealogyInTime Magazine reporting that some of its authored, copyrighted content is being reproduced, almost word for word, in the newsletter of … Continue reading

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A few points to ponder Ancestry has updated its terms of use effective September 1 for existing users and August 1 for new users and, while there are no big surprises, there are a few provisions that users should know … Continue reading

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