As a general rule:
- If you have an original family document such as a photo, letter, or original certificate in your possession, you probably have the right to reproduce it.
- If you had to pay to access it (for example, using a newspaper archive or a family history website) you probably don’t have the right to reproduce it.
However, often copyright can be more complicated, as there are a great many places from which people obtain documents or copies of documents. For this reason, we ask our users to confirm that they have the relevant permissions before uploading anything.
If you do not have the rights to make or upload a copy, you can still add the information from the source by adding an External Reference. This means you can include links to online evidence, or information about the location of material in offline archives.