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Staff Meeting Summary 5-8-18

Sunset Heights Multistake Family History Center

Staff Meeting May 8, 2018


Welcome:  Brent Gardner

Opening Prayer:  Jack Bingham

Spiritual Thought: Sharlene Gardner

Tom Fletcher is the high councilor over family history in the Sunset Heights Stake. His father is over 90 years old. Up until last year he was doing 25 endowments a week and he expected his son to provide all the names! Tom admits it was a real challenge to keep up with his father. Once, the children suggested doing something else they also felt was worthy of their time, and his father’s response was “But this work is eternal! “

Elder Eyring”s conference talk a year ago was about temple and family history work,

The work of gathering Heavenly Father’s family is not just for young people, and it is not just for grandparents. It is for everyone. We are all gatherers.  

This is the work of our generation, what the Apostle Paul called “the dispensation of the fullness of times,” when he said God would “gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him” (Ephesians 1:10).

At the start of this year Brent and I initiated a new practice with our extended family of gathering all who could  to go to the temple together once a month.

The first time coincided with our granddaughter taking out her endowments before leaving on a mission this week. On this occasion all of us who live in the area gathered at the Provo temple to support Maddie.

The next month we again gathered – this time to do sealings at the Mt.Timpanogos Temple. It took a real commitment to our goal and some serious juggling of schedules though to make it happen.  One family had already fit in to their busy schedule a child’s soccer game that morning. Another family had preparations involving a daughter going to prom that evening. Another family lives in Riverton and had the farthest to come. And yet I was so pleased that they all made the effort.  As we sat together in the sealing room I could sense the joy we were all experiencing as we participated in the proxy sealing ordinances. It felt wonderful to all be gathered together in that setting. (Unfortunately, Brent had to miss out due to his recent shoulder surgery.)

And then again last month, most of us, including some of the grandchildren this time, were able to attend the Jordan River Open House. So we are off to a good start in meeting our goal and hopefully will be able to keep it going.

I have a testimony that this work does indeed bless the living and the dead.  Going to the temple together has helped to unite our family and strengthen us all spiritually.

We love and appreciate each of you for all your efforts to move this work forward. Whether we are doing family history or going to the temple, I, like Brother Fletcher, have a testimony that this work is eternal and worthy of our best efforts.


May 1, 11 am and 7 pm. Patron Class, Van Celaya, “Google”

May 8, 7 pm, Staff Meeting

May 14, 11:30 am, Moms and Tots

May 15, 11 am and 7 pm, Patron Class, Jeanne Gunnell, “Find My Past”

May 28, Memorial Day, Center Closed

June 5, 11 am and 7 pm, Patron Class, Van Celaya, “Affiliated Apps”

June 12, 7 pm, Staff Meeting

June 19, 11 am and 7 pm, Patron Class, Don Kussee, “MyHeritage”

No Classes or Staff Meeting in July

Upcoming Classes:  Jeanne Gunnell

Upcoming Needs for Substitutes

 Other Needs or Questions


Need additional help on Friday afternoon


  1. Don Kimball, “Bookmarks on Toolbar”

FHC Presentation – Bookmarks

  1. Aaron Thacker, “FamilySearch-Tree App”

The FamilySearch-Tree app is FamilySearch’s official mobile app for family history. The greatest benefit of having the FS app is mobility. Now you can work on your family history on the go!

Pedigree: First page. Allows you to easily explore your tree. Only Portrait View is available at this time.

Tasks: The Tasks List gives you a list of things to do for your ancestors and cousins, such as record hints and temple ordinances. The Tasks List pulls in people you’ve recently viewed, the first 5 generations of your ancestors and their children, and any pedigree tree you have viewed. There’s also a toggle for including parents, spouses, and children of people whose records you visit. You may view your relationship using tap-and-hold and remove people from your task list by swiping left.

Temple: Gives you access to your reserved temple ordinances. You can un-reserve, print, or share these ordinances.

Recents: Simply a list of the last 50 people you have visited. Tap on their name to return to their record.


Search Historical Records: Search through indexed records, unindexed collections, and other images by location.

Find a Person: Search for person records using names, relationships, or FS ID numbers.

Map My Ancestors: This feature is very convenient when you are travelling and want to know if you are near where your ancestors lived. You can tap on a life event on the map and get driving instructions to the location. This is based on the standardized locations in their person record. Note that adding the cemetery name to a standardized burial event will give you a more precise location.

Messages: A place for you to view and reply to your FS mail.

Settings: Customize your app settings to fit your personal needs or view your username and helper #.

Help: Gives you access to Contact Support and your Consultant Planner, as well as many other things. Some of these links will take you to the FS website.

My Memories: Tapping this will open the FamilySearch Memories app.

Relatives Around Me: This feature shows you exactly how you are related to anyone else using the feature nearby. Note that this only gives you the closest connection to each person, not every connection.

Closing Prayer:  Floyd Billings



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Staff Meeting Summary 4-10-2018

Sunset Heights Multistake Family History Center
Staff Meeting April 10, 2018

Welcome: Brent Gardner
Opening Prayer: Bob Gunnell
Spiritual Thought: Brent Gardner

In his April 2018 General Conference address, Elder Dale G. Renlund related the story of a family fracture that developed between brothers Orson Pratt and Parley P. Pratt during the Nauvoo era. Parley wrote a letter in 1846 attempting to resolve the dispute, but Orson did not reply. In 1853, Orson finally wrote Parley asking for forgiveness after learning of a project to publish a book on the descendants of William Pratt, their earliest American ancestor. Elder Renlund said, “Despite their unshakeable testimonies, their love for their ancestors was the catalyst to heal a rift, mend a hurt, and seek and extend forgiveness.” He stated further that “family history and temple work is not only for the dead, but blesses the living as well. For Orson and Parley, it turned their hearts to each other.”

April 17, 11 am and 7 pm, Patron Class, Larry Jensen, “Ancestry.com”

May 1, 11 am and 7 pm. Patron Class, Van Celaya, “Google”
May 8, 7 pm, Staff Meeting
May 14, 11:30 am, Moms and Tots
May 15, 11 am and 7 pm, Patron Class, Jeanne Gunnell, “Find My Past”
May 28, Memorial Day, Center Closed
June 5, 11 am and 7 pm, Patron Class, Van Celaya, “Affiliated Apps”
June 12, 7 pm, Staff Meeting
June 19, 11 am and 7 pm, Patron Class, Don Kussee, “MyHeritage”

Upcoming Classes: Jeanne Gunnell

Upcoming Needs for Substitutes

Other Needs or Questions

Sheryl Kempton has left on her mission
Kathy Sherwood has returned
Elaine and Bevan Wright moving in May
Jack Bingham new staff member on Tuesday evening shift

1. Tech Tip—Don Kimball, “Irfanview”

FHC Presentation – Irfanview

2. Dutch Records—Don Kussee

Dutch Record Hints Jan 2018

Closing Prayer: Aaron Thacker

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Staff Training Summary 3-13-18

Sunset Heights Multistake Family History Center

Staff Meeting March 13, 2018


Welcome:  Bob Gunnell

Opening Prayer:  Blaine Hall

Spiritual Thought: Sharlene Gardner

We have been promised blessings to the living when we engage in family history and temple work.

Many years ago a friend and bishop of an adjoining stake informed me that he had no interest in doing family history because he needed to focus on the living.

In contrast: A former bishop and friend in my present ward recently told me that the reason he spends so much time doing family history is, in fact, because he loves all his family – especially the living (his children and grandchildren.)

At the RootsTech Conference in 2017 Elder Dale Renlund promised:

If you do family history and temple work, blessings will flow to your family. You’ll find not only protection from the temptation and ills of this world but also power to change, power to repent, power to be sanctified, power to learn, power to bind your family together and heal that which needs healing.

I was drawn to the word “healing” because I see some of my own family members facing trials and challenges for which they need healing.  And so I ask myself, “Can my efforts to gather past generations and do their temple work affect how my family members find solace and healing in their trials? As I’ve seen them either overcome or been support in  these trials, I’ve come to believe there may be a real correlation that is not readily apparent.

Let us all keep the commandments and do what we have been counseled to do, so that we and all of our family may receive the promised blessings.

See also: LDS Living Magazine, Mar/April 2018, p. 53, Finding Healing Through Family History


March 20, 11 am ONLY, Patron Class, Don Kussee, “Virtual Pedigree”

April 3, 11 am and 7 pm, Patron Class, Van Celaya

April 9, 11:30 am, Moms and Tots (by appointment)

April 10, 7 pm, Staff Meeting

April 17, 11 am and 7 pm, Patron Class, Larry Jensen, “Ancestry.com”

May 1, 5:30 pm, Directors’ Meeting

May 1, 11 am and 7 pm. Patron Class, Van Celaya

May 8, 7 pm, Staff Meeting

May 14, 11:30 am, Moms and Tots

May 15, 11 am and 7 pm, Patron Class, “Find My Past”

Upcoming Classes:  Jeanne Gunnell

Upcoming Needs for Substitutes


Welcome to Mary Dollahite (Tuesday Morning)

Marilyn Ellis recovering from a knee replacement

Sheryl Kempton has received a mission call to Texas.  She enters the MTC April 9.

Larry Lloyd needs an out pouring of our love and prayers. He has a brain tumor.



 Working with Patrons – Pat Cuthbert

Everyone is welcome at the Family History Center whether they are members or not. They are just as welcome if they practice alternative lifestyles or are from any area of the world. To log them in to the system, if they are not yet members of the LDS church, they need only to have a valid email account. The only part of the system they don’t have access to is the Temple ordinances.

Tech Tip: Rod Cuthbert

When printing temple cards at the FHC, don’t forget to first uncheck the box (if needed) for printing double sided.

How to access class videos from Roots Tech 2018. – Larry Jensen

Go to Rootstech.org. Click on the word Menu in the upper right corner of the screen. Then click on RootsTech 2018 Videos. Next click on each of the days to access the class videos that are available for that day.

Open Forum – Questions and Answers 

We had extra time tonight and so attendees shared their questions, thoughts and experiences regarding a variety of subjects related to doing family history.

Closing Prayer:  Aaron Thacker


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Staff Meeting Summary 2-13-18

Sunset Heights Multistake Family History Center

Staff Meeting February 13, 2018


Welcome:  Brent Gardner

Opening Prayer:  Sherri Whiting

Spiritual Thought: Bob Gunnell

Bob shared an old missionary journal kept by one of his grandparents and expressed his feelings and appreciation for this treasure which has expanded his love for this grandparent.


February 19, CENTER CLOSED, Presidents’ Day

February 20, 11 am and 7 pm, Patron Class, Sheryl Kempton, “Online Help”

February 28-March 3, Roots Tech Conference


March 6, 5:30 pm, Directors’ Meeting

March 6, 11 am and 7 pm, Patron Class, “Roots Tech Review”

March 10, 9:00 am, Cherry Hill Stake Family Discovery Day (chdiscovery.blogspot.com)

March 12, 11:30 am, Moms and Tots (by appointment)

March 13, 7 pm, Staff Meeting

March 20, 11 am and 7 pm, Patron Class, Don Kussee, “Virtual Pedigree”


April 3, 5:30 pm, Directors’ Meeting

April 3, 11 am and 7 pm, Patron Class, Van Celaya

April 9, 11:30 am, Moms and Tots (by appointment)

April 10, 7 pm, Staff Meeting

April 17, 11 am and 7 pm, Patron Class, “Ancestry”


Upcoming Classes:  Jeanne Gunnell


Upcoming Needs for Substitutes



Our thanks to Lynda Sorenson for her dedicated years of service at our Center.

Welcome to Genan Anderson and Marie Deets

Training: Don Kimball, “Military Records”

FHC Presentation – Military Records

Closing Prayer:  Pat Cuthbert



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Staff Meeting Summary 1-9-2018

Sunset Heights Multistake Family History Center
Staff Meeting January 9, 2018

Welcome: Brent Gardner
Opening Prayer: Everett Young
Spiritual Thought: Rod Cuthbert: Video Presentation: Pray to Be Led by the Holy Ghost


January 15, CENTER CLOSED, Martin Luther King Day
January 16, 11 am and 7 pm, Patron Class, Don Kussee “Memories”
February 6, 11 am and 7 pm, Patron Class, Larry Jensen “Web Indexing”
February 12, 11:30 am, Moms and Tots
February 13, 7 pm, Staff Meeting
February 19, CENTER CLOSED, Presidents’ Day
February 20, 11 am and 7 pm, Patron Class, “Online Help”
February 28-March 3, Roots Tech Conference

Upcoming Classes: Jeanne Gunnell

Moms and Tots—change to by appointment only

Upcoming Needs for Substitutes


Welcome to Priscilla Stutz (Tuesday afternoon) & Aaron Thacker (Wednesday evening)
Welcome back Elaine and Bevan Wright (Friday afternoon)
Introduction of staff members present


1. Working with Patrons: Pat Cuthbert

We discussed some of the best ways that we could recruit patrons to come to the FHC. Join your ward Facebook and welcome them to come to the Center on Facebook. It is also a good place to put what the classes are going to be. Most wards are also having family history classes during Sunday school slot. We can find out who has been in those classes and either call or personally extend an invitation for them to continue the training on their own time and leisure at the Family History Center. If we are friends, we can also mention which shift we work on and tell them we would give them one-on-one help, whichever shift they come on. Our nearby neighbors and friends also need a personal invitation. This is missionary work to invite those around us to come to know their family!

2. Tech Tips: Don Kimball

Using Multiple Browser Windows & Tabs

When using the Search portion of Ancestry.com or when viewing multiple person pages in Family Tree, a common method is to click on a result or page, wait for the page to load, look at the page, and then click on the “Back” button on the browser. This is repeated over and over again. An alternate solution is to open a new tab for each of these you want to view. This can be accomplished by either right-clicking on the link and selecting “Open Link in New Tab”, using Ctrl + click or using a middle-click (aka mouse wheel click). The middle-click (or Ctrl + click), while it takes a little bit to get used to, loads these search results in the background while you keep looking through and selecting more results you want to view. You can then select one of these newly-opened tabs by clicking on them at the top of the browser. To quickly close a tab, middle-click on the tab up at the top of the browser.

Note: Middle-click will not work on some links or it will load a blank tab. This is due to the way the link was programmed by the web developer. This regularly comes up with users try to middle-click on a name in the pedigree view on FamilySearch.org. Instead, left-click on the person’s name to bring up their info box, and then middle-click on “Tree” or “Person”.

Note: Middle-clicking also works on Google search results and everywhere else there is a link (except for the situations mentioned in the note above).

Another nice feature with tabs is that they can become their own window. If you click and drag a tab up or down, the tab will become its own window. Tabs can also be moved between windows by dragging them from one browser window to another.

Sometimes it is useful to view two windows side-by-side, such as when comparing two persons you are considering to merge, or when viewing Family Search in one window and Ancestry in another. If you would like to view two windows side-by-side, you can drag the window to the side of the screen until it shows you a preview border of it filling up that half of the screen. Release the mouse, and the window will snap into place. If you are on Windows 10, you are then prompted to select another existing window to fill the other half of the screen. Here are a couple of videos that show this on YouTube (I believe YouTube is blocked at the Family History Center – you will need to view this video elsewhere.):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Y2YG8xydGk for Windows 7
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIjETW5CC24 for Windows 10

Browser Zoom

If the text in the browser is too small to read or is too large, you can change the zoom level of the browser by using Ctrl + Mouse Wheel, Ctrl + +/- or by clicking on the three vertical dots or lines in the upper left of the browser and changing the zoom settings. To return the zoom setting back to normal, use Ctrl + 0.

Closing Prayer: Bevan Wright


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Staff Meeting Summary 11-14-17

Sunset Heights Multistake Family History Center
Staff Meeting November 14, 2017

Welcome: Brent Gardner
Opening Prayer: Larry Jensen
Spiritual Thought: Brent Gardner

“Pass the turkey and the family pictures this Thanksgiving”

My parents passed away twenty or so years ago and I still find myself wishing I could ask them questions about their lives or get some advice about a problem. In an Associated Press article by Melissa Rayworth, it was pointed out that when extended families lived closer together it was easy to pass on family stories during dinner or other times. Now with families being spread out, holiday meals may be the only time to ask relative about their lives and previous generations. It was suggested that we consider collecting family stories and other information during holiday gatherings. The article is found on page B7 of the November 14, 2017 issue of the Daily Herald.

November 21, 11am and 7pm, Patron Class, Jeanne Gunnell, “Cleaning up the Tree with Find A Record”
November 22, closed after 1pm
November 23-24, Closed for Thanksgiving
December: No Patron Classes or Staff Meeting
December 18-January 1, closed for Christmas and New Year’s Day
January 2, No Patron Class
January 9, 7pm, Staff Meeting

Upcoming Classes: On November 21 Jeanne Gunnell will demonstrate how to use Find a Record to assist you in cleaning up the Family Tree.

Upcoming Needs for Substitutes

Updating Blog List of Experts and Specialists

Our thanks to Beth Wright, Elaine Wright and Bevan Wright who have resigned.

Norman and Becky McClellan leaving in January for mission to Guatemala.

Lots of openings for new staff members. Please let us know if you have recommendations.

1.Tech Tips: Don Kimball

Within the next couple of weeks, the existing Sign In/Out system will be replaced with a new system. While it will look very similar and will work in much of the same way, there are some differences.
1.There are two icons in the lower-right hand corner:
a.Gear icon: used by the administrators of the system to perform certain functions.
b.Power icon: will shut down the computer when pressed.
2.When signing out, the last question that asked about phone calls has been removed. We are no longer required to track this data.
3.When people have signed out, the “Thank you for visiting the center today” screen will check for any flash drives or CD’s/DVD’s that might have been left behind. If it detects any, flashing warning messages will appear, telling you which of the two types of devices you left behind.
4.The new system no longer relies on Google Chrome or Google Forms to function. Many of the issues we have experienced in the past with the Sign In/Out system have been due to these two technologies. Hopefully this will lead to a more stable system and a better staff and patron experience.

2.Family History Center Blog: Jeanne Gunnell

Jeanne gave an overview of what is currently on our Center blog and why you should become familiar with it especially regarding staffing issues, calendar and classes. See the attached PowerPoint.

Family History Center Blog

We also see a need to do some major revamping of other sections of the blog and will keep you informed as we make updates.
Closing Prayer: Don Kusee


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Staff Meeting 10-2017

Sunset Heights Multistake Family History Center

Staff Meeting October  2017



Welcome:  Brent Gardner

Opening Prayer:  Nora Lloyd

Spiritual Thought: Kleis Kussee

“What we see today in FamilySearch is the embodiment of changes that were envisioned back in 1977.” Elder Allan F. Packer General Authority Seventy


October 17, 11 am and 7 pm, Patron Class, “Family History Apps”

October 24, 7 pm, Ward Consultant Training for Lakeview and Sunset Heights Stakes

October 31, Halloween, closed after 4 pm

November 7, 11 am and 7 pm, Patron Class, Elder James Tanner “Family History Guide”

November 13, 11:30 am, Moms and Tots

November 14, 7 pm, Staff Meeting

November 21, 11 am and 7 pm, Patron Class, “Find A Record”

November 22, closed after 1 pm

November 23-24, Closed for Thanksgiving


Upcoming Needs for Substitutes


Genealogy Merit Badge Counselors



  1. Working with Patrons: Pat Cuthbert

Pat led a discussion about how we can bring the Spirit in to the Center.

  1. Tech Tips:Don Kimball 

Don went over the changes that were necessitated by the installation of new computers in the Center. See PowerPoint.

FHC Presentation – New Computers

  1. Memories: Don Kussee

Don reviewed FamilySearch Memories. See PowerPoint.

FamilySearch Memories 2017

Closing Prayer:  Bob Gunnell



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Staff Training Summary 9-2017

Sunset Heights Multistake Family History Center

Staff Meeting September 12, 2017



Welcome:  Brent Gardner

Opening Prayer:  Floyd Billings

Spiritual Thought: Bob Gunnell

Bob talked about one of his ancestors – Marie Madeleine Cardon of Torino, Italy. As a young child of 5 or 6 she had a dream or vision where 3 men came to her. These men told her they were missionaries of a restored church. These men told Marie that through her the Gospel would be accepted by her family. Marie was told that one day she would cross the ocean and also the land which would get her to Zion. She told her father about her dream. Then around 10 years later Marie’s father heard there were 3 men preaching some religion. He got excited because he remembered Marie’s dream. He sought these men out and found Lorenzo Snow preaching the Gospel. He and his family accepted the Gospel. The Lord uses many different ways to bring the Gospel into people’s life. And knowing these stories of our ancestors, we are strengthened in our testimonies and commitment to the Gospel. And sharing such stories is definitely part of doing Family History.


September 19, 11 am and 7 pm, Patron Class, Larry Jensen, “Web Indexing”

October 3, 11 am and 7 pm, Patron Class, Elder James Tanner, “Putting Trees on Different Sites”

October 9, 11:30 am, Moms and Tots

October 10, 7 pm, Staff Meeting

October 17, 11 am and 7 pm, Patron Class, “Family Search Apps”

October 31, Halloween, closed after 4 pm


Staffing Update: Welcome to Sherri Whiting from the Cherry Hills 7th ward who is a newly called staff member. She is serving on the Friday morning shift.


Upcoming Needs for Substitutes


  1. Working with Patrons: Rod Cuthbert (Sub for Pat Cuthbert)

Rod reminded us of the importance of asking new patrons who come to the Center what they would like to accomplish. He also reminded us of the  training opportunities  for the youth on Wednesday evenings  and adult groups on Thursday evenings, by appointment.

Don Kimball then followed up with a flyer for us to disperse in our individual wards regarding the youth training which includes  a new 3-week series of  classes on Family Tree and a single evening class on Indexing. He enlisted our help in getting the word out.


  1. WiFi at the Center:Don Kimball     fhc-presentation-new-wireless-access-point-comp 
  2. Immigration and Citizenship Records: Carol Smith      fhc-uscis-presentation-comp

Closing Prayer:  Brent Gardner



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Staff Meeting Summary 8-8-17

Sunset Heights Multistake Family History Center

Staff Meeting August 8, 2017

Welcome:  Rod Cuthbert

Opening Prayer:  By Invitation

Spiritual Thought: Rod Cuthbert

And the River Will Grow

Elder Renlund and his family discuss the prophet Ezekiel’s vision of the waters flowing from the house of the Lord. The river of water represents blessings, which flow from the temples to heal families and give them life.

To view the video go to the url below.




August 15, 11 am and 7 pm, Patron Class, James Tanner, “Family Search Catalog”

September 4, Labor Day, Center is closed

September 5, 11am and 7 pm, Patron Class

September 11, 11:30 am, Moms and Tots

September 12, 7 pm, Staff Meeting

September 19, 11 am and 7 pm, Patron Class, “Indexing”


Needs for Substitutes


Working with Patrons:  Pat Cuthbert

Policy on prayer at the beginning of shifts:

The manual states “If feasible, begin the shift with prayer.”  It is easier for the morning shift to have prayer since patrons are just starting to come. All shifts should look around to see if it is feasible. If so, have prayer, but it is not mandatory.


Auxiliary room usage: Missionaries do not require our supervision. They report to their leaders and President. They are welcome to use the main room if the mix is inappropriate in the secondary room. Patrons sometimes wish to use the secondary room.  If so, make sure we let them know we are happy to come and help if needed. Check on them occasionally to let them know we are there for them. Leave the door open on the second room.


There was some confusion on July 3rd, and most of the staff did not show up. It was actually not a 3 day holiday. Check postings around holidays for closure days. Directors will reevaluate closure dates. We will be closed on Labor Day.

Microfilm Ordering:  Don Kimball

FHC Presentation – Microfilm Ordering Discontinuation 

Copyright Issues:  Elder James Tanner

Basic Copyright Law for genealogists by James L. Tanner

Where does the law come from? The Constitution reserves all copyright actions to the Federal Courts Copyright Acts

  • 1790 – The original copyright statute
  • Major amendments
  • 1802 – added protection to prints
  • 1831­ added protection to musical compositions
  • 1870­ added fine arts including painting and sculpture
  • 1909 – maintained distinction between prepublication and post­-publication
  • 1976­ abandoned distinction


United States Code Sections

Title 17, United States Code

(17 USC, Copyrights)

37 Code of Federal Regulations Chapter 11

(37 CFR 11)


Additional Copyright Acts

Copyright Act of 1976

Berne Convention Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act

Digital Millennium Copyright Act



Work: Original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression, now known or later developed, from which they can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.


Author: Either the person who creates a copyrighted work or if the copyrighted work is created within the scope of employment, the employer of the person who creates a copyrighted work.


Collective Work: A work such as a periodical issue, anthology, or encyclopedia in which the individual authors create separate or independent works, assembled into a collective whole.


Derivative Work: A work that is based on, or modifies, one or more preexisting works. A copyright holder has an exclusive right to prepare or authorize the preparation of derivative works based on the copyrighted work.


Joint Work: A work prepared by two or more authors with the intention that their contributions be merged into inseparable or interdependent parts of a unitary whole.


Public Domain: A slippery term referring to any works not protected by copyright due to age, noncompliance with the copyright act or excessive reproduction without claim of copyright.


U.S. Government Works: U.S. Federal Government works are not usually covered by copyright But… The works may contain copyrighted material or be created under a contract preserving the author’s copyright claim.


Facts cannot be copyrighted. The creative selection, coordination and arrangement of information and materials forming a database or compilation may be protected by copyright.


Genealogists are also

  • Writers
  • Photographers
  • Bloggers
  • Artists
  • Designers

Is any portion of the work we do as genealogists covered by copyright law? Only those portions of the work that are original to the author. Facts, i.e. names, dates and places, old stories from ancestors and other copied material are not copyright protected. A portion of a work can be copyright protected and other portions may not be. Only the parts of the work that are original with you will be subject to your claim of copyright.

Resource http://copyright.cornell.edu/resources/publicdomain.cfm


Closing Prayer – By Invitation