Using Templates for Pinterest and Genealogy

Using Templates on Pinterest for Family Genealogy

Okay, so we've all done it. We have all pinned pictures that were not our own onto Pinterest. We've all found photographs of ancestors, saved them to our computers, and shared them without linking to the source, right?

This, my friend, is bordering on copyright infringement and I know I'm not alone in this. I am not an attorney (nor do I pretend to play one on the internet) but I believe I have a "system" that will assist many of us from dancing around that awful "copyright infringement line" and prevent us from crossing that fuzzy gray area. 

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In my genealogy and family research via the internet, I have encountered many photographs of my ancestors, census records, biographies, cemetery photographs, and more. These are not my own personal creations - I didn't take the pictures or create the documents. I don't have the copyright on these either.

Therefore, am I allowed to create screenshots of them, copy and save the image to my own tree or computer, or even "pin" them to Pinterest without a link?

What if the website I found them on doesn't have a "pin it" button - which kinda allows you to pin them, right?

This is that gray area of copyrights and it creates many questions for me personally. 

So, how do I do it? 

For me, personally, I do not seek out disobeying copyright laws. My intention is not to steal photos or take documents. When I use Pinterest and pin these images, I want to share these with others not break laws.

So, I typically will use templates that I have created. I use a photo editing program that allows me to overlay text on these templates. Then I upload (or pin) these images to my boards and edit the source link to direct anyone who clicks on the image to the website where I found the item.

All that may sound complicated, but once you do it a few times, you will see how easy it actually is.

I am offering a FREE Pinterest Template to you, my faithful readers and podcast listeners, below. You can use this image to apply text overlays and upload to Pinterest.

FREE Pinterest Template for Genealogy & Family History
FREE Pinterest Template

If you are interested in purchasing my Pinterest Templates, head over to my ETSY shop {click here}. You will receive a FREE PDF GUIDE (How to Guide: Editing Your Template) with every purchase! This guide is a FREE tutorial on how to use your Template with two popular online photo editing programs (Canva and PicMonkey).

If you are interested in learning how to change the source link of your images you pin to Pinterest, I have a VIDEO TUTORIAL coming soon!

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10 Tips for Using Pinterest for Genealogy
by Genealogy Girl Talks

Have you used Templates for your Pinterest images?

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  1. This is super cute, but if you'd like an easy way to pin without using a template the following might help :) You can pin images that don't have a "pin it" button by installing the "pin it" button to your web browser. That allows you to pin any image from any website. The web address is automatically linked to the picture. Hope it helps!

    1. Thanks Jessica! I have used and installed the pin it button from my web browser. It is a great tool. Sometimes I prefer to create my own graphics and pin them, too. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment with a great tip!