Maybe it's the platform, maybe it's the users, maybe it's both. Whatever it is, I am madly in love with ebay (and to be clear, this is unsponsored, unsolicited kind of love).
To date, I have been able to locate 8 different bottles from the 1800's which bear my name and were directly from my great grand uncle's store. I have found hundreds of family letters pertaining to my line dating as far back as 1867. A few months back, I was even for[...]READ MORE
Recently I was fortunate to find a letter posted on ebay which was one correspondence from James E Price of Michigan to my great grand aunt, Lucy Ann Van Blarcom, the first daughter of William and Catherine A Sutton Van Blarcom and sister of my great grandfather, Joseph C Van Blarcom. I love finding these types of items and am grateful to those who have collected them and taken care of them these p[...]READ MORE
One of the most rewarding aspects of my family research has been finding stories, photos, and artifacts that help me recreate what life may have been like way back when. I have been lucky in some cases that some family members carried a bit of prominence—nothing like the celebrity of today—but enough so that some of their stories have lived on. One story in particular is a narrative by Lewis Van Blarcom, Captain of Company C, 15th New Jersey Volunteers. The New Jersey "Fighting Fifteenth" saw action in many major conflicts of the Civil War. Lewis's story of his last days in the [...]READ MORE
1. Do not trust unsourced family trees
This was a lesson learned the hardest way possible. I was at least 6 months in to my family history journey when I was thankfully called out by another, more experienced researcher. When I began my research on Ancestry I didn't take anything with a grain of salt. I was so excited by the hints that I took all of them as fact. Unfortunately for you and me, there are A LOT of errors in the personal trees on Ancestry and rootsweb alike. If the hints you are using do not have documented sources, take them as a starting point, not[...]
Without personal stories, memories and photos, it seems many of our loved ones are simply defined by the small amounts of factual information that have survived the test of time. Unfortunately, government records do not give us insight into the life of those before us. We wanted to create a place to share all of the memories, stories, and pictures that were woven into the fabric our deceased loved one’s lives.
Our mission at Family Plot is to preserve and share the life story of our loved ones who have passed. Time has taken many of the stories and memories that personify those who are no longer with us. The most rewarding part of our research has been discovering and piecing together our loved one’s lives in old letters and journals and stories from others. In many ways, these personal details bring our loved ones back to life.
Help preserve the memories of your loved ones, no matter how small, to benefit our generation and those to come. Only through you, do your loved ones live forever.
Please review the following terms of service ("Terms"), which define your rights, responsibilities and benefits as a user of the websites at www.FamilyPlot.com and any other website or mobile application (collectively "Websites") that directly links to these Terms and is operated by Family Plot, LLC., ("Family Plot", "us", "our", or "we"). Family Plot's email address for contact purposes is email@example.com.
These Terms shall govern the relationship between you ("you") and Family Plot. By accessing or using the Websites or the services that we provide via the Websites ("Service"), you are concluding a legally binding agreement with us, based on these Terms, including all terms, conditions and policies incorporated herein by reference. If you don't agree with any of these Terms, or if you have any objections to our Privacy Statement you must not use the Service or the Websites.
1. DESCRIPTION OF THE SERVICE
Family Plot helps users discover, record and present memorials and final disposition information from around the world through a virtual cemetery experience, together with such other developments and services Family Plot may add from time to time.
Users of the Websites and the Service may be unregistered visitors or registered members. When a minor uses the Websites, the parent or guardian of that minor will be held responsible for the minor's actions. You must be 18 or, if you are between the ages of 13 and 18, have the authorization of your parent or guardian to create an account. If you are under the age of 18, make sure you review these Terms and our Privacy Statement with your parent or guardian so that you both understand all of your rights and responsibilities. Minors younger than 13 years of age may not use the Websites or the Service.
2. LIMITED USE LICENSE
You may access the Websites only personally with an individual browser or mobile device (bots, crawlers, spiders, scraping and other automatic access tools are prohibited), use graphics, information, data, editorial and any other content displayed on or accessible through the Websites ("Content") only for personal research or scholarly historical research, and download Content only as search results relevant to that research. For example, the download of the whole or material parts of any work or database from the Websites or any, resale, redistribution or publication of a work or database or portion thereof are prohibited, except for online or other republication of Content as unique data elements that are part of a unique family history or genealogy. All uses of the Websites and Services as described herein are only for your internal purposes, and not for commercial resale, sublicensing, timesharing or service bureau usage. In addition, you may not "deep link" or frame, inline link or mirror any part of the Websites without our written permission. You also may not interfere with, copy, modify, distribute, reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble the Websites or Service, or make any derivative works based on the Websites, Service or Content (including any customization, translation, or localization). Violation of this limited use license may result in immediate termination of your membership and may result in legal action against you. You may use the software provided on the Service only while online and may not download, copy, reuse or distribute that software. Family Plot and its licensors retain title, ownership and all other rights and interests in and to all Content, except as expressly set forth in these Terms. This limited license is non-exclusive, not transferable, revocable at all times, royalty-free, global, and limited to the term, purpose and content of these Terms. The Websites are protected by copyright as a collective work and/or compilation, pursuant to U.S. copyright laws, international conventions, and other copyright laws.
3. USER PROVIDED CONTENT
Portions of the Service and Content on the Websites are submitted by you and other users ("User Provided Content"), to which you may contribute appropriate material. User Provided Content includes, but is not limited to, any photos you upload, information you add to a memorial, comments you post, and any suggestions or feedback you send to us. For User Provided Content, we are merely hosting and providing access, and you agree and acknowledge that we have no liability whatsoever with regard to such material (including with respect to its accuracy). The contributions of third parties do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Family Plot.
You must submit only material which belongs to you (or of which you have the relevant permissions to submit) and which will not violate the property rights or other rights of other people or organizations. Users can be held liable for any illegal or prohibited User Provided Content they provide, including among other things, infringing, defamatory or offensive materials. By submitting material to the Websites, you represent that you have the right to do so, and that you have obtained any third party consents where required (e.g., under data protection or intellectual property laws), and, subject to these Terms and restrictions on data processing in our Privacy Statement, as amended from time to time, you grant Family Plot a perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, sublicensable, royalty-free, world-wide license to host, store, copy, publish, distribute, provide access to and otherwise use such material, including, hosting and access on co-branded services of that material, and to use the data contained in that material as search results and to integrate that data into the Service or other services as Family Plot deems appropriate.
We are sensitive to the copyright and other intellectual property rights of others. For complaints regarding copyright infringement or illegal content, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. While we cannot preview or monitor all User Provided Content, we may, at our discretion, apply automated filtering tools, or otherwise monitor and/or delete any content that we believe to be in violation of these Terms (for example, we may use automated tools to suppress obscene content). We reserve the right, but do not have the obligation, to remove or disable access to any User Provided Content that comes to our attention, including information which we believe, in our sole discretion, is illegal, obscene, indecent, pornographic, illegal or defamatory, incites racial or ethnic hatred, or violates the rights of others, and we may terminate your use of the Service in these circumstances.
You acknowledge and agree that we may preserve any User Provided Content and may disclose any User Provided Content (including its origin) if we believe that it is required to do so by law or that such preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (a) comply with legal process or governmental requests; (b) enforce the Terms; (c) respond to claims that any Content violates the rights of third parties; or (d) protect the rights, property, or safety of the Websites, the users of the Websites, or the public.
4. YOUR COMPLIANCE OBLIGATIONS
Generally, you must comply with all applicable laws and refrain from infringing any third-party rights or interests (including, without limitation, privacy and intellectual property rights) and you shall not knowingly or willfully submit inaccurate, defamatory or offensive Content on the Website or through the Service. In addition, you must abide by the Family Plot Community Rules any time you access the Websites or communicate with other users or Family Plot representatives. We reserve the right to change these rules from time to time and the changes take effect when we post them on the Websites.
5. LIABILITY DISCLAIMER
No Warranty. We do not extend any express warranties or representations as to the quality and accuracy of the Content, Websites or Service, and we disclaim any implied warranties or representations to the maximum amount permissible under applicable law. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, we offer the Websites and Service on an "as is" basis and (i) we do not accept responsibility for any use of or reliance on the Websites, Content or Service, or for any disruptions to or delay in the Service; and (ii) we do not make any representations as to the accuracy, comprehensiveness, completeness, quality, currency, error-free nature, compatibility, security or fitness for purpose of the Websites, Content or Service. Furthermore, Family Plot does not guarantee the adequacy of the Service or Websites or compatibility thereof to your computer equipment and environment. Family Plot does not warrant that the Websites, the Service, its servers, or any emails which may be sent from Family Plot are free of viruses or any other harmful components.
Limitation of Liability. We limit our liability to the maximum amount permissible under applicable law. In particular, we shall not be liable for any damages that we cause unintentionally and we shall not be liable to you for any of the following types of loss or damage, whether in contract, tort (including negligence) or otherwise (whether such loss or damage was foreseeable, known or otherwise): (i) loss of revenue; (ii) loss of actual or anticipated profits; (iii) loss of the use of money; (iv) loss of anticipated savings; (v) loss or corruption of, or damage to, data, systems or programs; or (vi) any indirect or consequential loss or damage howsoever caused, provided that nothing in these Terms will be interpreted so as to limit or exclude any liability which may not be excluded or limited by law. If you are using the Service as a consumer, your mandatory, statutory consumer rights shall be unaffected.
Liability Cap. Except in respect of liability which cannot be limited or excluded (as set out above), our total liability to you whether in contract, tort (including negligence) or otherwise is limited to the greater of (a) $100 for each claim or series of connected claims or in aggregate $200 for any number of incidents in any 12 month period, or (b) amounts received from you in the 12 month period preceding the incident on which your claim is based.
Disclaimer of Third Party Products and Services. Family Plot may, from time to time, provide opportunities to users of the Service and the Websites to link to or buy services from third parties. Websites of those third parties may be subject to terms and conditions different from these Terms, and it is your responsibility to ensure that you have read and understood them. Family Plot makes no warranty concerning, is not responsible for and does not endorse any third party provided goods or services, and you agree that any recourse for dissatisfaction or problems with those goods or services will be sought from the third party provider and not from Family Plot.
Exclusive Remedy. If you are dissatisfied with any portion of the Service or the Websites, or with any clause of these Terms, as your sole and exclusive remedy you may discontinue using the Service and Website.
If we believe, in our sole discretion, that you are acting inconsistently with the letter or spirit of these Terms, including the Community Rules, or if we are required to do so by law, we may limit, suspend or terminate your access to the Websites and Service at any time and without the need of obtaining a judicial resolution in this regard. We also reserve the right to suspend or terminate your access to the Websites for any reason. If your account is terminated for any reason, you will no longer be able to access information under your account.
7. ADDITIONAL USER TERMS
Registration and Security. To gain access to certain parts of the Websites or the Service it will be necessary to create a registered member account by providing your name, e-mail address and a password. You will also be asked to provide a "Public" or "Screen" name which will be used to identify you to other users on the Websites (you do not need to use your real name). You must provide Family Plot with accurate, complete and updated registration information. Failure to do so will result in breach of these Terms. You understand that you may not (i) select or use a name of another person with the intent to impersonate that person; (ii) use the rights of another person without authorization; or (iii) use a name that is offensive to a reasonable person.
You must immediately notify us by regular mail or by email at email@example.com of any known or suspected unauthorized use(s) of your account, or any known or suspected breach of security, including loss, theft, or unauthorized disclosure of your password or credit card information. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password. You will never be required to reveal your password to any representative or agent of Family Plot.
You are responsible for all usage or activity on the Websites via your registered member account. Distribution of your password to others for access to the Websites or Service is expressly prohibited and shall constitute a breach of these Terms. Any fraudulent, abusive, or otherwise illegal activity may be grounds for termination of your account, at our sole discretion, and you may be referred to appropriate law enforcement agencies.
Paid-for Services, Goods, etc. From time to time, we may offer users additional goods, services, or other benefits for purchase on or through the Website. Family Plot may make these offers at its sole discretion and they may not be available for all devices, locations or languages. The details of such offers will be included on the Website where and when such offers are made.
8. COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN FAMILY PLOT AND YOU
Family Plot may contact you (via the Websites, electronic mail, physical mail, or otherwise) for the purpose of informing you of changes or additions to the Website or Service, or of any related products and services. You may opt out of commercial advertising and marketing communications at any time by following the unsubscribe instructions included in each communication. Please see our Privacy Statement for further information on how we manage and process your personal information.
9. MODIFICATIONS TO THESE TERMS, THE WEBSITES AND THE SERVICE
Family Plot may modify these Terms (including any of the terms incorporated by reference herein), the Website, or the Service at any time in order to take account of changes to user preferences, the Internet economy, applicable laws and industry practices, or other reasons. Changes will be posted on the Websites or you may be notified, at our discretion, by email, postal mail or otherwise. If you do not accept these Terms or do not wish to be bound by changes following posted notices you should discontinue using the Service and the Websites.
Assignment. We reserve the right to assign or transfer our rights and obligations under these Terms. These Terms are personal to you and, as a result, you may not, without the written consent of Family Plot, assign or transfer any of your rights and obligations under these Terms.
Governing Law. These Terms and any disputes arising out of or relating to these Terms, the Content, the Service, or the Websites (including contract, tort, statutory and other claims) shall, to the extent permitted by the applicable law, be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of the State of Pennsylvania, without regard to its principles on conflicts of laws, and the federal law of the United States of America. Your mandatory, statutory consumer rights, including your court jurisdiction, shall be unaffected.
Severability. In the event that any term of these Terms is held to be invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of these Terms shall remain valid and enforceable. We can replace any term which is not valid and enforceable with a term of similar meaning which is valid and enforceable.
Waiver. Any failure by us to enforce any term of these Terms shall not affect our right to require such performance at any subsequent time, nor shall the waiver by us of any breach by you of any provisions of these Terms be taken to be a waiver of the provision or provisions itself.
Indemnity. In as far as permissible under applicable law, you agree to indemnify us against all liabilities, claims and expenses that may arise from any breach of these Terms by you or otherwise as a result of your use of the Website, the Service, or the Content.
Complete Agreement. These Terms, including any terms, conditions and policies expressly referenced herein, shall constitute the complete understanding and agreement between you and us, and shall supersede and cancel any prior or contemporaneous understandings and agreements, except as expressly provided otherwise by Family Plot.
11. CONTACT US
If you have any questions or comments, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Privacy Statement discusses the collection, use, storage and disclosure of your personal information by Family Plot, LLC., (referred also as "Family Plot", "us", "our" or "we") and applies to visitors and members registering on the website, the mobile website and application that we operate worldwide, including FamilyPlot.com and which link directly to this Privacy Statement (collectively, the "Websites").
Our Privacy Commitment
Family Plot's mission is to help users discover, record and present memorials and final disposition information from around the world through a virtual cemetery experience. This may involve the collecting, processing, storing and sharing of personal information. We are committed to ensuring that this is done in a responsible, transparent and secure environment that fosters your trust and confidence. As part of our commitment to you, we have developed this Privacy Statement to describe how we gather and use the information we receive from you on the Websites. Please review the information below to familiarize yourself with our policies.
In this Privacy Statement, we, Family Plot, provide information on what personal information is collected and why as well as how we use the personal information to provide you with a personalized, relevant, user-friendly experience on the Website.
This Privacy Statement should be read in conjunction with the Terms of Service.
1. What personal information does Family Plot collect from or about you?
We only collect information we believe is necessary for the legitimate business interests of Family Plot. You do not have to provide us with your personally identifiable information but, if you do not provide us with the information we require, we may not be able to provide you with our products or services, or certain features of them.
You may also be able to deal with us without identifying yourself (i.e. anonymously or by using a pseudonym) in certain circumstances, such as by not using your real name as your "Public" or "Screen" name.
Here is a list of the type of personal information we request, collect or you provide:
How Does Family Plot use your personal information?
3. Will Family Plot disclose any of my personal information to third parties?
Family Plot will not disclose any of your personal information to third parties without requiring your consent except in the limited circumstances which are set out below.
4. What about non-personal information, "cookies" and social media features?
5. Managing your privacy settings
You can control how you share some personal information such as whether other users can see your email address or send you messages on your member page, by changing the settings of your member profile, which you can access by clicking on your USERNAME on the upper right corner on FamilyPlot.com.
6. How do you access, report, change, correct or delete information about yourself or your family?
Family Plot places great importance on the security of all personally information associated with our users. We have security measures in place to attempt to protect against the loss, misuse and interference and from unauthorized access, modification or disclosure of member data under our control. For example our security and privacy practices are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary and only authorized personnel have access to personal information. We use secure server software to encrypt financial information you input before it is sent to us. While we cannot guarantee that loss, misuse or alteration of data will not occur however we use commercially reasonable efforts to prevent this. It is also important for you to guard against unauthorized access to your passwords and the unauthorized use of your computer.
8. Changes, updates, consentIf we decide to change our Privacy Statement, we will issue an updated version of this Statement with an updated date legend on the Website and/or notify you via email, the Website or by other appropriate means prior to the change becoming effective if it is a significant change so that you will be aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances we disclose it in accordance with applicable law. You should review our Privacy Statement regularly to ensure you are familiar with any changes to it. If you do not consent to any changes to our Privacy Statement and as a result you would like us not to use or hold your information in accordance with the revised terms, you may notify us here so we can discontinue your account.
9. Contact us about privacy
If you have any questions or complaints about this Privacy Statement, Family Plot's privacy practices or your dealings with the Website, you can contact us at email@example.com. You will need to provide us with sufficient details regarding your complaint, as well as any supporting information. We will investigate the issue and determine the steps that we will undertake to resolve your complaint and notify you in writing of our determination. If you are not satisfied with our response you can contact the privacy regulator in your country. We will respond to all access requests within 30 days. For your protection, we will only implement such requests with respect to the personal information associated with the particular email address that you use to send us your request, and we may need to verify your identity before considering your request.
Need Help? Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org