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Subject: Re: [PaCambri] Obits
Date: Sun, 18 Apr 2004 21:55:01 EDT
Somewhere I have all the children of Daniel and Sara Jones Gray. Do you
have a copy of the Caleb Gray book? I copied a page out of there that lists
them all. I can type it up and send it. There are others researching the
Grays who sent me material, but it is too far down the list to send, it was
deleted. I make copies, so I can do that for you. Please send your snail mail
address. Maybe they would send them to you? I really appreciated the information
about the Fulton Children.
I have had that problem, too, about people not wanting to talk. One of my
friends got threatened with a lawyer. My ex was a lawyer, so that didn't
phase me at all. Any public record, or anything published in a newspaper or
book, is fair game. So marriages, deaths, births, divorces, etc., are OK. Church
records and funeral homes, published, are fair game too, but questionable if
they are not published and the information might be considered confidential,
especially for living people. Dead people can't sue. Also, truth is a defense
against slander and libel, so if you do document everything, you should be OK.
Some information is confidential by law, especially medical information.
One funeral director told me cause of death is such a case, especially TB in
the past and AIDS in the present. I do not know if that means some state or
federal law, or a directive from the Funeral Directors Association. The press
has certainly published that data from death certificates.
Most people don't mind just the basic facts about themselves in a
genealogy, but things like addresses, phone numbers, social security numbers, are not
wise to publish, especially with the identity theft that is going on. That
could get you into trouble, if someone was caused some sort of loss because of
your information. Remember, anyone can sue, and if you don't answer the
lawsuit, it goes automatically against you. Answering it cost you the fee for a