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    My cousin is doing a family tree for my fathers side of the family. He has put in alot of time on it and has gotten along ways on it.
    Today, I received 2 DVD's or CD's whatever they are called that has documents and photos of stuff on the family tree that he has found. My question is, since they look like he burned them himself, is it possible for me to make copies of them to give to my kids? And if so, can I take them like to computer store to copy for me or Walmart?

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    yes and not sure

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    Ask him before copying. My relative charged a nominal fee only to help pay for some of the databases or documents he needed to continue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmCatOwned
    Ask him before copying. My relative charged a nominal fee only to help pay for some of the databases or documents he needed to continue.
    Okay so I just need to ask him and its not messing with copyrighting? Thats what I am worried about.

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    I would be pissed if a family member charged me...I always share...I hate how people are so money hungry...its really sad...

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    Did your cousin actually bother to copywrite it? Otherwise, you don't need permission.

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    All you need to do is ask your cousin to burn a couple of copies for you if you send him the CDs and pay postage. He's just going to insert your CD and transfer the info from his computer to your CD, no big deal. Be sure to get the kind of CD he uses, though.

    I'm betting he'd be happy to do so. :-)

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    You should be able to do it in your own computer. Most computer now a days have capabilities to burn a CD.

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    Thanks everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    I would be pissed if a family member charged me...I always share...I hate how people are so money hungry...its really sad...
    Genealogy is not an inexpensive hobby. There are charges for getting documents, charges for copying, making pictures, travel to different libraries/archives. I'm working on my DH's family tree and my SIL has said several times that she wants all the information when I'm done. I think she should at least offer to reimburse some of the charges.

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    I also do genealogy...and pay for all that goes with it...but I would do it anyways so I share with all of my distant family...many I have never met. I sent them the PDF's or pictures by email and they print their own. I am just glad others in the family share the interest even though they do not want to research...that is my hobby not theirs..its like quilting I make them for fun for my family not to be paid. I am just glad they like what I make and share my hobby by the smiles on their faces. I love this board because we all share not to make money from each other...we all share the same hobby and everyone here makes it fun...love sharing and seeing what others are doing and sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    I would be pissed if a family member charged me...I always share...I hate how people are so money hungry...its really sad...
    I would really like to share a lot of things, but don't 'cause I can't afford to reproduce them. Paper, ink, cds all cost & extras are just not in my budget.

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    Airwick156, that was very sweet of your cousin to share the results of his research with you. Not everyone, as I have been finding out, is willing to do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joyce99
    Airwick156, that was very sweet of your cousin to share the results of his research with you. Not everyone, as I have been finding out, is willing to do that.
    My cousin Joe is GREAT. He has given most of us the DVD or CD whatever they are for free just because. He has also given us all access to his ancestory account too.

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    Put the cd in your computer. you may have to bring up the ancestry.com program to read it. Once your computer can read it find the word print. make sure you have plenty of ink and paper.

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    Copyright is implied with the written word, but he doesn't own the copyright to the documents themselves.

    It's just nice if you ask him if he minds you making copies for the kids, he did go to a LOT of work to research the information, and no little expense if he did it as I do, with Ancestry.com, and trips to Salt Lake City to go to the LDS Family History Library...I can't imagine that if he gave them to you with no charge that he'd want to charge you for copies for the kids...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    You should be able to do it in your own computer. Most computer now a days have capabilities to burn a CD.
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    My computer has a tool bar across the top, and one of them, the "FILE" one, has a place to click that says "Copy CD". And the original one stays the same. Then I tell it to eject that one, put in a blank one and I can put that copy on the new disk.

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    get someone that knows what they are dioing, you can get cd burner to do it, but with my genealogy stuff, I'd reather get someone to do it for me instead of ruining stuff I don't want to get ruined. um find someone that will do a trade/ table runners, gifts for christmas etc. cause some will charge, but again if you can get someone that will trade????

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    Yes you can copy it. Do you have space to download it onto your computer? Then all you have to do is insert a different disk into your computer and copy it onto the new disk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airwick156
    My cousin is doing a family tree for my fathers side of the family. He has put in alot of time on it and has gotten along ways on it.
    Today, I received 2 DVD's or CD's whatever they are called that has documents and photos of stuff on the family tree that he has found. My question is, since they look like he burned them himself, is it possible for me to make copies of them to give to my kids? And if so, can I take them like to computer store to copy for me or Walmart?
    You can burn CD's no problem - I think you have to have a special thing to burn dvd's if you can even burn dvd's. Edie

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    I think I would ask the cousin if it is okay with them, that you would like your kids to have a copy. If they shared it with you, I doubt they will have a problem with sharing with your children.
    I also agree that this is an expensive hobby, I have been doing genealogy for years and have had a lot of fun with it. Shared my information with several "found" family members, until I started noticing they were publishing without paying attention to dates (entering incorrect data on the ancestry website)

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    Ditto to your post!! More fun and family gatherings make it worth while and no charge! Love this board!

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    as one who does genealogy the only thing I ask and don't get often...is pictures from their stash...

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    I have a question. My mother planned to spend a winter doing genealogy but passed away before she finished. She did have some old family genealogy books which were printed by relatives from years ago. She gave some extra copies to libraries etc. One looks like it is the only one, no extra copies. Would it be advisable to scan it and offer it online to others?

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    My second love....family history. (I have 7000+ relatives in my personal family tree.)
    I would take them to an office supply and have them copy them if you copies of the documents. or maybe they can burn the CD for your kids. I keep both CD and paper copies.

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