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Our Family Histories Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

Privacy Policy

Terms of Use

Privacy Policy

The primary objective in genealogy is to identify all ancestors and descendants in a particular family tree and to collect personal data on them. As a minimum, this data includes the individual's name and the date/location of birth, marriage, and death. In order to support research by other genealogists, this data is often published on internet genealogy websites.

As a genealogist, therefore, I may have collected much personal information on you and your family from a variety of sources. The privacy of this information is important to me and I assure you there is a privacy policy in place for Our Family Histories website with which you will be satisfied.

Most of us would prefer not to have to worry about our personal data, but in this day and age, we must use caution to prevent misuse of the information. Identity theft and credit fraud are the worst problems. There is concern that information distributed to distant relatives or put on a genealogy website makes it easier for unscrupulous individuals to commit invasions of privacy or other frauds. However, the personal information that the identity thieves and credit fraud perpetrators want are full names, social security numbers, dates and places of birth, current occupation/employment data, and bank/credit card account numbers. One or two facts alone (e.g., your name and/or your mother's maiden name) are not enough information to cause damage.

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Names and Relationships

Many genealogy programs can suppress the names of living individuals and substitute "living" or "still living". I designed this website so that it does suppress the names of living individuals. If you are aware that someone is living and their name is shown here, please let me know, so I will remedy the situation.

Note: Only family members who have registered and login to the site will be able to view living individual information and only for the branch of the family to which they are assigned.

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Photographs of living individuals are considered personal data and are normally suppressed. However, if the individual so chooses, a photograph can be tagged as "always visible". Many photographs on this website have been obtained from public sources or belong to the site administrator. By submitting a photograph, the submitter grants permission to display such photograph on the website. Furthermore, anyone submitting a photograph or any other intellectual property affirms that they hold the copyright or have permission to submit said intellectual property. If a person wishes to have identifying information removed from media for which:

  • they are identified in the caption/description or
  • they can be identified through deductive reasoning using names/relationships found elsewhere.

Please contact us and we will take action to rectify the matter.

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Personal Data Suppression

To ensure the privacy of living individuals, our internet genealogy website always suppresses the personal data of living individuals from viewing by the general public. Personal data includes, but is not limited to, birth/marriage dates/locations, photographs, notes, and biographies.

Note: If a relative does not want their personal data to reside in a website server database in spite of password protection, that individual and linked descendants can not be accommodated by the security program. They are reluctantly excluded from the website.

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Personal Data Access

Personal data access is restricted to family members who must login to access the normally suppressed personal data of living individuals. The access may be restricted to their own family branch. You must first read the Our Family Histories Privacy Policy, agree with the Our Family Histories Terms of Use, and register for a user account. When registering for your user account, you must indicate how you are related to our family. If you are not related, you will not be granted access.

With registration, you may be granted access only to your unique family branch within our database. If you add new records, please notify me so I can update my personal computer database which is used to populate the website. Failure to notify me, may result in your data not being preserved across a database refresh. Your access may be subject to the following or similar restrictions:

  • You (the registered user) and your spouse (but not your spouse's family).
  • Your descendants and their spouses.
  • Your parents and grandparents.
  • Your uncles/aunts and their spouses.
  • Your 1st cousins and their spouses (but not their children).
  • Your siblings and their spouses.
  • Your nephews/nieces and their spouses (but not their children).

Note: To see the personal data of a spouse's family branch, married users may have to log in with their spouse's user name and password. If any family branch individual does not want their suppressed personal data accessed, the security design allows a "lock" to be put on their data. This does, however, preclude registration of that individual.If you consider using your spouse's user ID a security violation, please request a second login account that may be restricted to your spouse's family.

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Personal Data Security

Original data given to me in trust (personal information, e-mail/street addresses, phone numbers, etc.) is not provided to others unless your approval is first obtained. You should be aware, however, that most of this information is public domain and may be readily available to others using internet search engines (e.g., Yahoo People Search, Google.com, Spokeo.com, Birthday.com).

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Website Visitors

Like most website operators, ourfamilyhistories.org collects non-personally identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. ourfamilyhistories.org's purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how ourfamilyhistories.org's visitors use its website. From time to time, ourfamilyhistories.org may release non-personally identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

Our Family Histories, LLC also collects potentially personally identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. ourfamilyhistories.org does not use such information to identify its visitors, however, and does not disclose such information, other than under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally identifying information, as described below.

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Gathering of Personally Identifying Information

Certain visitors to ourfamilyhistories.org choose to interact with ourfamilyhistories.org in ways that require ourfamilyhistories.org to gather personally identifying information. The amount and type of information that ourfamilyhistories.org gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who register to provide a username and email address as well as information regarding their connection to an individual on the website and general contact information. In each case, ourfamilyhistories.org collects such information only as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor's interaction with ourfamilyhistories.org. Ourfamilyhistories.org does not disclose personally identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

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Protection of Certain Personally Identifying Information

Our Family Histories, LLC will not rent or sell potentially personally identifying and personally identifying information to anyone.

If you are a registered user of ourfamilyhistories.org and have supplied your email address, ourfamilyhistories.org may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what's going on with ourfamilyhistories.org and our products. We use email to users very sparingly, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum.

Our Family Histories, LLC takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration, or destruction of potentially personally identifying and personally identifying information.

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General Statistics

Our Family Histories, LLC may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. This information is used to identify patterns of use on the website and make improvements to the website content and features. This information is generalized and helps to understand traffic patterns on the website.

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A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor's computer, and that the visitor's browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. ourfamilyhistories.org uses cookies to help Our Family Histories, LLC identify and track visitors, their usage of the ourfamilyhistories.org website, and their website access preferences. Ourfamilyhistories.org visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using the ourfamilyhistories.org websites, with the drawback that certain features of ourfamilyhistories.org may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

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Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Our Family Histories, LLC may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in ourfamilyhistories.org's sole discretion. Our Family Histories, LLC encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

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Terms of Use

  • This site is owned and operated by Our Family Histories, LLC. The term "you" will refer to any person viewing the website content using the URL: http://www.ourfamilyhistories.org .
  • The Our Family Histories website contains copyrighted material and other proprietary information including, but not limited to, text, photos, and graphics. The entire contents of this site, including the title logo, are copyrighted as a collective work under the United States copyright laws and all rights are reserved.
  • All of the pages located within the domain http://www.ourfamilyhistories.org, are accessible to the public for free without charges or fees of any kind, with the exception of access to data on living persons which is allowed only to family members.
  • The information on this site is intended to be freely used by researchers for personal, non-commercial use that is not meant to generate income or money.
  • For those who wish to use this information for personal, noncommercial purposes, I ask only that you give credit by citing the page url address (http://...) that contains the information you are using, and/or the name and address of the main page of the website, for example:
    • "Our Family Histories," http://www.ourfamilyhistories.org
  • ... or of the main section you are referring to for example:
    • "The Fairhaven Memorial Park" on the Our Family Histories web site at http://www.ourfamilyhistories.org/showmap.php?cemeteryID=2&tree=00 for information pertaining to burials at the The Fairhaven Memorial Park of Santa Ana, Orange, California.
  • Note: It is expressly forbidden for anyone to charge for access to these pages, or to provide the information contained on them to anyone for any kind of fee or charge, or to use them in a commercial manner. This includes inclusion in subscription based systems (i.e. ancestry.com).
  • If you have been charged a fee to access these pages, or know of a site that is doing so, or that is reproducing information from this site for a fee, please contact me using the link at the bottom of the page.

The domain http://www.ourfamilyhistories.org is owned by Bryan S. Larson.

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By using this site, you agree to the following terms of use and any changes thereto:

  • The Our Family Histories website is for the personal use of the family members listed herein. Use by others is limited to the purpose of genealogical research. The content of this site can not be used for any sort of unsolicited mail or commercial purposes.
  • Family members must not share their user name and password with anyone except their current spouse and minor children. They also agree not to share personal data of family members accessible through use of that password without the express permission of the individuals concerned.
  • Individual images may be copied by family members for their personal use. General distribution, including use on other websites, is prohibited by copyright law unless permission is obtained from the owner of the photo, living individuals in the photo (if identifiable), and the site owner.
  • Biographies and documents may be copied by family members for their personal use. General distribution (including use on other websites) is prohibited by copyright law unless permission is obtained from the site owner.
  • In the event of permitted copying or distribution of copyrighted material, no changes in, or deletion of, author attribution or copyright notice shall be made. You acknowledge that you do not acquire any ownership rights by downloading copyrighted material.
  • You agree to give appropriate credit for any material from this website that you use in a written document, genealogical database, or website of your own. You agree to include a link to our site on any genealogical web page of yours that makes use of the content on this site.
  • Guest accounts have read-only access.
  • The IP address of any access to this website is always logged.
  • The website owner's decision in all matters is final.

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  • Every effort has been made to ascertain the accuracy of the data. However, since some of the information was provided by others without documented sources, there is the possibility of errors. The Our Family Histories cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of any content or material found on our site or linked to our site. Furthermore, you agree not to hold the John Hall Family Association and Allied Families responsible for any issues that may arise from the inaccuracy of the content on this site.
  • This database contains information that has been proved as well as information that is speculative and in the process of being proved or disproved. Do not take everything you find here (or in any other online database) as absolute, complete or 100% accurate.
  • If you do not agree with any of the aformentioned actual or impled Policies or Terms and Conditions, you must leave this site now. Click here to do that now.

... and finally

We hope that you enjoy your visit to our website and that you find it interesting and fulfilling. We are always pleased to hear from visitors, so please feel free to leave any comments in our Guestbook.

If you have any questions regarding our Privacy Policy or Terms of Use, please get in touch.

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Last updated 21 Apr 2014