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Searching For Our Roots.
||In using this website, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions,
which shall take effect immediately on your first use of
Searching For Our Roots. If you do not agree to be bound by
all of the following terms and conditions, please do not access or use this
As the site changes and grows we reserve the right to make changes to these
terms and conditions if we think they are required without further notice. We
encourage you to review this website and these terms and conditions for any
updates or changes. Your use of this website following any such change
constitutes your agreement to follow and be bound by the terms as changed. If
you do not agree to the changes, you should cease using this website. [Top of Page]
||We provide users with access to a rich
ever growing collection of online genealogical
resources, including searchable databases, learning tools, graphics,
links, and other specialized content, as well as
opportunities to post queries, share data, list your personal home page, and
other materials on genealogical and family-related subjects. [Top of Page]
||Although some sections are free and available to all, most of the transcriptions
and documents are for active members only. To review them, you must complete the
Membership Application Form and send
with your payment of annual dues. A $18 (non-refundable)
fee is charged for a
one (1) year membership. We reserve the right to deny or cancel (at any time)
You are responsible for maintaining the full and total confidentiality of your
username and password that will automatically be assigned to you by the system
upon registration. As a result, you are fully responsible for all activities
which occur under them. You must notify us immediately of any unauthorized use
to which you become aware. [Top of Page]
||To qualify for Life member status, a member must be at least
70 years of age and have been 3+ years paying member of this site.
To apply for this benefit, all you have to do is send a scanned copy of your
birth certificate to my attention. You will be notify of your "Life" status
that will be effective on the first day after expiration of your third year
as a paying member. For qualifying Life Members, yearly dues are waived for
We will communicate with Life members once a year, January, to
confirm that they would like to continue as a member, if member does not
confirm they will be removed from the active membership roster and placed on
inactive status. Active Life Membership shall be reinstated, with no loss of
continuity of membership upon notification that the Life Member confirms
that the membership is still desired. [Top of Page]
Rules of Conduct
||You agree that You will only use the website in a manner that is consistent with
these Terms and Conditions and in such a way as to ensure compliance.
Unacceptable actions and content as determined by us in our discretion,
will constitute grounds of blocking your access to our service, removal of
posted material and possibly termination of your membership.
As condition of your use of this service, you agree that you will not:
We are entitled to investigate and revoke a personís membership if a
member has misused the Service, or behaved in a way which could be regarded
as inappropriate or whose conduct is unlawful or illegal. On the other hand,
Use the content on the site for your personal, non-commercial use only.
If permitted, download material from this site for your personal,
non-commercial use only, provided you keep intact all copyright and other
proprietary notices. [Top of Page]
Searching For Our Roots respects
the copyright law and intellectual property of our members, and we ask you to
respect your fellow members as well. If you feel that your rights to
copyright law have been violated, please contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org and we will examine
and remove the content if need be. [Top of Page]
Contributions to the site
||You can help in the growing of
the site by sharing/contributing any document, photographs, graphics or
listings available to you.
You agree to grant us,
exclusive, free of charge and perpetual use of the data. And to use the material in any way we see fit including modifying
and/or adapting it for editorial reasons. We normally show your name with your contribution, unless you
Here are a few of the things you can do to help make additional
-- Share a graduation program with us.
-- Transcribe old documents.
Especially does that have lots of names.
-- Help with the 1910 US
Census project by transcribing a barrio or a town.
-- Have you
transcribed some grave stones from a cemetery and want to share?
The above are just but a few of the projects that you could be involved
with. Maybe you've got an idea of your own. If that is so, don't be shy
please check with us, chances are we will be able to use it.
Oops, I almost forgot to tell you that for some of the above you could
earn some free membership time that will allow you access to our Members
Only Area. [Top of Page]
||To prevent unauthorized access, to maintain data accuracy, and to
ensure the appropriate use of the site,
Searching For Our Roots uses appropriate
physical, technical and administrative procedures to safeguard the information
we collect. We use and pay for technology that helps us to secure the site and
data on it. Also, as part of our security, you will NOT be able to print
most of the pages on this site. [Top of Page]
||While every attempt has been made to ensure that the information
presented on this site is accurate, let's face it, accidents and typos
happen. You should not assume that our service is error-free. Although
changes are periodically made to the information herein, we will not be
responsible for any damage or injury that you suffer as a consequence of
obsolete, outdated, omitted or incorrect data.
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Our service provides hyperlinks to many other sites and
organizations on the Internet. Because we have no control over such sites
and information, we make no warranty as to their accuracy, content,
currency, or objectionability. Our links to such sites should not be
interpreted as an endorsement on our part for such sites, and their
The ideas presented here are the recordings of data as
I found it. I'm just the keeper around here, a history technician, not a
historian, so it will be up to you to draw your own conclusions from the
facts presented on this website. [Top of Page]
||You agree that
Searching For Our Roots, in its sole discretion, may
terminate you as a Annual Member and your access to the Service, or any portion
thereof, including but not limited to if
Searching For Our Roots believes that you have breached these Terms and Conditions.
Searching For Our Roots may, in its sole discretion at any time,
change the content or services offered on the Service or discontinue providing
the Service, or any portion thereof, without notice. [Top of Page]
If you have any questions about the rights and restrictions above, please
We do not use your information for any reason outside of operating this site, we
respect and protect your privacy!
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| Frequently Asked Questions|
|Q: What can I do
to help the site?
A: Let us know what you find; it may be
that something useless to you but very useful to someone else.
Here are a few things you can do to help:
Point out errors that you see while browsing the
Contribute the listing of a yearbook or graduation
program from your family.
Bring to our attention the address of a site that you
think can help others.
Have old personal memorabilia that would like for
others to see? Let us know we can probably host it for
If you like this site, spread the word to your
friends. The more researchers that know of us, the more resources
that we can bring together.
You can join the Online Cemetery Records Project. The goal here
is to transcribe as many cemetery markers as we can. This
project is a field project and a fun one. Please contact us at email@example.com for further
You can join the 1910 US Federal Census Project. This is a
project to partially transcribe the Puerto Rico 1910 U.S. Federal Census
in a standard format for the benefit of all the genealogical researchers
on the Internet. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for
Have any ideas of your own? Just contact us at email@example.com
Q. Do I give up ownership of the data when I contribute to this
A: The data submitted toSearching For Our Roots site remain the property of the
submitter although it will be permanently hosted with us. Contributor's
have the option of submitting the same data to other sites for hosting if
he/she chooses to do so. All our pages have a copyright statement at the
bottom of each page that will have your name as the contributor.
Why do I have several browsers open?
A: Some links go to external websites
(such as in the Beginner's
Corner section.) A new browser is launched to make it easy to
view the other site while still keeping our site open. When you have
finished with one site, you can close it by choosing the X symbol in the
upper right corner of the browser window. This will close the window.
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Q: Why isn't the back
A: If you are viewing an external site
on the Internet, you may have launched a new browser session. In the
background, you should see that
Searching For Our Roots is still active on your desktop. In order to get back to our
site, simply close the new browser by clicking on the X in the upper right
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Q: Where can I send a
A: If you have
a question/comment about a particular page/section of
this site, you
are more than welcome to write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will respond as soon as time permits.
Due to the increase of messages as well as the constant
demands of a growing site, I will not be able to answer the following type
Requests for help on specific topics. See the Sitemap page instead. If you don't see
what you are looking for there, then we don't have it yet.
Requests for personal research help, advice, tips, lookup
of specific names. See Beginner's Corner
page instead or post your question on one of the available forums. There
you will probably receive answer to your question or
Requests for obituaries that are NOT posted on the site.
Visit a newspaper repository instead.
Also, have in mind that if the answer to your question is
already in one of the site pages, we will not answer your e-mail. Thank you for understanding that my time can be much better
spend updating the website and typing new records for you to review.
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Q: Can you do research
A: Unfortunately, no.
While I have the experience and knowledge, I do not
provide professional research services for others, not even for a
fee. I am sorry, but there are just not enough hours in my day. Work
on this website is my priority and it is my way of helping you with your
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Q: What can you do for
A: So far, I have
located, transcribed and made available to you lots of
old documents as well as other stuff that will help you in
your research. We are committed to keeping the site current and
with a continue flow of new transcriptions and useful things.
I am 64 yrs, in 2009, so God willing I have a few
more productive years to continue with this effort.
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Q: If I tell you what I
have about my family can you check your files for me?
A: Sorry I can't. However, you
can do that yourself using the search engine on our site or browsing
through the pages.
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Q: I am new at
this. Can you help me get started with my research?
A: I would love to be able to help
others as I have done in the past, but I just do not have the time.
Suggest you check out the sites found under Beginner's Corner on this site. There,
you will find lessons, tips and hints, databases and more to get you
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Q: Looking for a
particular topic (i.e., cemeteries)?
A: I am certain that if you look
through the sitemap and familiarize yourself with each of the categories
you will be able to answer the question yourself. You can also use our
search engine to do a quick check.
I you don't find the specific topic on my site, then I
haven't gotten to it yet. I'm adding new records and data to the site as
quickly as I can.
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Q: Why haven't you answered the message I sent you 4 days
A: On average, I receive between 50-60
messages per day. After I delete all telemarketing, chain letters, virus
warnings and such, I am left with about 20-25 messages that truly required
by attention. To be fair, I answer my mail on a first come first serve
basis and depending on what the request is, I can service someone in just
a few minutes while others take a little bit longer.
Rest assure that your mail will be answered. Just
remember that because I work on this all by my lonesome, it takes me a
little bit longer than normal to reply.