JOHN Message Boards
Please keep your Message Board posts to the
topic of family surname genealogy. Should you
have any concerns or questions, please send your
eMail to the appropriate address listed at the
bottom of this page. Your comments are important
to us and by helping you, we help the group, too.
Spammers will be counseled and subsequently
A few guidelines will help us keep our
bulletin boards useful and informative for all to
visit and enjoy their use. The JOHN
Message bulletin boards are to be used for
brief pieces of family surname genealogy. Large
volumes of GEDCOM or other
types of genealogical data are posted at RootsWeb's
Project or our web site. These
bulletin boards are to be used for viewing and
posting family genealogy Queries, Bible Records,
Biographies, Deeds, Obituaries, Pension Records,
Wills and Testaments. These bulletin boards are
not to include personal chit chat and individual
messages between members. "Thank yous"
and personal messages between members are to be
handled by direct eMail messages between the
interested individuals. For additional
information about the Message bulletin boards,
please refer to RootsWeb's Posting
Hints and Tips. Please read on for a
"How To" walk-through of our JOHN Message bulletin boards.
You may not post material that is secured with
a "copyright" without the author's
permission. Birth, Census, Marriage and Pension
records; Deeds, Land Grants and Warrants; Estate
papers, Testaments and Wills; cannot be secured
with a "copyright". Bible records,
Biographies and Obituaries that you may find in a
publication may contain a "copyright"
notification. If this is the case, you are
required to obtain permission from the author to
post their material. You might write an original
narrative based on your research. Please refer to
Sources for Copyright Information
for more details.
All Message message forms allow a link to
another web site at the bottom of the form. If
you have a web site of your family genealogy,
please include this link whenever you post your
family's information. Please do not re-post or
copy other boards genealogy data into our
bulletin boards. Place a link into your post,
referencing the other board's message(s).
Messages will be removed from the boards if they
do not comply with the objective of the
Message bulletin boards.
Please post only queries to the Queries
bulletin board. As an example, when you see a
link to a biography for one of your ancestors,
post a response to the Biographies bulletin board,
send an eMail to the author of that query, or
post your query on the JOHN
Query bulletin board.
Biographies and Obituaries
You may write or rewrite a Biography and
Obituary to establish your material as an
original work, or a "fair use" of the
rewritten work that is secured with a "copyright".
You should include your sources in all of your
material. You should review the Copyright
and Fair Use Disclosure that
provides a general description of the
applicability of the copyright law in practice in
the United States and the "fair use"
exemptions to the law's general prohibition of
copying original work, materials and textual
references, as well as "safe habor"
guidelines applicable to educational and research
Biographies should be a short, concise
snapshot of your family letters and other
articles of genealogical interest. If you have an
article about an ancestor's personal exploits and
a few letters, you have the pieces to compose a
biographical snapshot. Also, a series of articles
might help to create a biography. This
information may be edited into the first post or
added as a response to the original.
Many newspapers consider their obituary and
death notices as "paid advertisements"
and thus, exempt from the newspaper's copyright.
This excludes articles written by their staff
about deaths of prominent people. Include the
name of the paper and date of publication from
where you have obtained your information. Please
include in the same post any information you may
have learned that is not inclucded in the article.
For example, include the place of interment.
Deeds, Wills and Testaments
Please remember to include all of the surnames
you find in your documents. For Deeds, the
Grantor and Grantee surnames are important!
Include the surnames found in the Deed as part of
the "metes and bounds" or "title
chains" references. It's helpful to provide
a short summary of the information from your Will
for genealogical value. For example, you might
state "...this Will proves that Sir Thomas
Johnes, Kt. is the son of Sir Henry Johnes, Kt....".