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From: "V. Chris & Tom Tinney, Sr." <>
Subject: Re: [ROOTS-L] Ancestry.com and the Collective Genealogy and FamilyHistory Effort
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 16:55:19 -0700
Ken Conklin wrote:
>Does anyone besides me think Ancestry.com has created a
>monopoly on genealogical information? It seems they
>have put themselves into the position of charging high
>fees for data that should be free to researchers.
Ancestry.com and the Collective Genealogy and Family History Effort
No, I do not think Ancestry.com, or the corporate structure
to which it belongs; or, for that matter, anyone else can create
a monopoly on the distribution of genealogy facts. Google Print
for Libraries will include many records that are pertinent to
genealogy and family history research; also, with fees.
" The system is clearly improving over time. When I first
looked at Books and Culture in December, the library
locator wasn't activated. When I tried it again in March,
I was amazed to find that after entering my zip code,
Google delivered a huge list of local libraries where I
could find a physical copy of the book, as well as links
to the libraries' web sites. Pretty impressive stuff.
Searching for 'books about True Stories of Pioneer Life'
will show you the other side of the coin." . . .
"All books published in the US before 1923 will be
considered books in the public domain. The entire
text of these books will be available online without worry
of copyright infringement. Because of various international
copyright laws, all books published outside the US before
1900 will be considered public domain.
As for books published after 1923 in the US and after
1900 outside the US, Google plans to provide 'snippets'
of text related to a search term. If a searcher wishes to
have a complete copy of the book, the service will provide
links to libraries and booksellers where the book can be
The project includes indexing book collections of several
major libraries, as well as Publisher Program items.
" Currently, Google Print is limited to books with ISBNs."
Google's ten-year plan to digitize the entire collections of several
prominent US libraries and one English library, will cost about
$200 million. A collective effort, to provide a major genealogical
and family history record depository (if donated for scanning
within this project: to Harvard, Stanford, Oxford or Michigan
Universities; or, to The New York Public Library), would greatly
expand the research capabilities of online patrons, worldwide,
for generations to come, as well as reduce monopoly trends.
Tom Tinney, Sr.
Who's Who in America, Millennium Edition [54th] - 2004
Who's Who In Genealogy and Heraldry, [both editions]
Genealogy and Family History Internet Web Directory
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