Genealogy and the Law in Canada

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Digital records and broad access to the Internet have made it easier for genealogists to gather relevant information from distant sources and to share the information they have gathered. The law, however, remains tied to particular geographic locations. This book discusses how specific laws — access to information, personal data protection, libel, copyright, and regulation of cemeteries — apply to anyone involved in genealogical research in Canada.

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Overview

Digital records and broad access to the Internet have made it easier for genealogists to gather relevant information from distant sources and to share the information they have gathered. The law, however, remains tied to particular geographic locations. This book discusses how specific laws — access to information, personal data protection, libel, copyright, and regulation of cemeteries — apply to anyone involved in genealogical research in Canada.

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Editorial Reviews

The Times-Colonist
"Dr. Margaret Ann Wilkinson's book on the impact of the law on Canadian researchers will be most useful if you are living in Ontario and dealing with Ontario records."
The British Columbia Genealogist
" a very informative book for professional and amateur genealogists researching Canadian families."
From the Publisher

"Dr. Margaret Ann Wilkinson's book on the impact of the law on Canadian researchers will be most useful if you are living in Ontario and dealing with Ontario records."

Much of the information is useful, and Canadian genealogists will find themselves reaching for this text as they encounter questions

" a very informative book for professional and amateur genealogists researching Canadian families."

National Genealogical Society Quarterly
Much of the information is useful, and Canadian genealogists will find themselves reaching for this text as they encounter questions
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554884520
  • Publisher: Dundurn Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2010
  • Series: Genealogist's Reference Shelf Series, #3
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Margaret Ann Wilkinson is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario. Her doctoral dissertation on personal data protection law won an award from the American Society for Information Science. Dr. Wilkinson has researched, taught, written, and spoken widely in the areas of intellectual property, information law, and the professions. She lives in London, Ontario.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Privacy and personal data protection 13

Ch. 2 The business of genealogy 30

Ch. 3 Cemeteries as sources of genealogical information 49

Ch. 4 Copyright in genealogy 71

Ch. 5 Genealogy and libel law 95

Glossary 107

Statutes cited 107

Statutes cited 113

Cases referred to 115

Notes 117

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