Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Here we go again

Back in July 2013 I wrote a blog post that was very hard for me to write.  I had already done several posts about violating copyright and plagiarism but this post was different.  It named a specific person that was causing trouble in the genealogy community.  I normally don’t name names but in this case I did.  You can read the original blog post HERE.

The person in question has launched a “new blog” or at least that is what he is saying.  The blog is actually the same blog he has had all along.  He has merely transferred it to a new domain.  If you click on any of the blog post links over on the right side you will see that all of them were posted within a few days of each other.  I am going to give you the link to the blog just so you will know to avoid it, Genealogy by Barry

If you are on Facebook you might have already seen some of the posts about this situation.  In this case social media is a good thing because it is a great way to get the word out quickly.  In those FB posts, you will see genealogists posting specific examples of copyright violation and plagiarism that this person has committed.  He has lifted copyrighted information from many genealogists.   Some of the genealogists posting are people that are considered to be in the very top echelon of the field. 

In my original post you will see some links to some general information about copyright and ethics.  Here is another link I would like to give you:

Plagiarism – Five “Copywrongs” of Historical Writing by Elizabeth Shown Mills

I recommend that you do not access any of this person’s webpages or blogs. 


Copyright © 2013 Michele Simmons Lewis


  1. Some people have such nerve! This guy was caught once, and he's already back to his old tricks.

    Thanks so much for posting about this. I think it's important to shed a light on people who are intentionally doing wrong.

  2. Yes, thanx for the heads up. So unfortunate.