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TAHS Newsletter & Website Updates May/June 2012

Jun 8, 2012

Recent visitors to the Ronald Reagan Birthplace, Tampico, IL., were exchange students from Gdansk, Northern Poland, under the leadership of Marcin & Dorota Furgalski. Following their tour of the Birthplace, the group presented the "Solidarity" banner to Joan Johnson, Director of the Birthplace.
This item sent by Joan Johnson, Tampico, IL 815-622-8705 reaganbirthplace@thewisp.net or garyjoan@thewisp.net

Would you allow your family tree to be sold?
Let's suppose you uploaded your family tree to one of the many websites that offers online trees. How would you feel if that website then sold your tree to another website?

Did you realise that when you create an Ancestry family tree, even if it's a private tree, you "grant Ancestry a non-exclusive, transferable, sublicenseable, royalty-free 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 as Ancestry deems appropriate"?

That comes from Ancestry's Terms and Conditions http://www.ancestry.co.uk/cs/legal/termsandconditions?AID=10402952&PID=1793701 - which I suspect a lot of Ancestry users have never even read. The key words are transferable and sublicenseable. You might trust Ancestry with your data (just as, a few years ago, you might have trusted your bank), but can you be absolutely sure that Ancestry won't sublicense your information to someone who you don't trust?

For example, Helen wrote to tell me how annoyed she was to discover her family tree at a site called Mundia. In this case the Mundia site is owned by Ancestry, but it might not have been - Helen had inadvertently given them the rights to license her information to absolutely anyone.

Interestingly, when I read the Mundia Terms and Conditions I noticed that - although they are broadly similar to Ancestry's - the word 'perpetual' has been added. This means that they can go on selling your data even after you've removed it from the site.

Now, before anyone accuses me of waging a vendetta against Ancestry, they aren't alone in this. Another site which claims to be "the world's largest family network" includes in their Service terms the provision "by posting content on the Website, you grant us a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual and non-exclusive license to host, copy, post and distribute such content."
http://www.lostcousins.com/newsletters/latejun12news.htm [this is Reprinted with permission by Peter Calver
Founder, LostCousins http://lostcousins.com/

Kris writes: Hello from the Lyndon Area Historical Society,
We will be presenting a program by Jim Boonstra, long-time employee of the Morrison Phone Company, on Wednesday July 25, 2012 at 7:00 pm at the Lyndon Area Historical Society located at 405 W. 4th Street in Lyndon.We encourage you to attend. The exhibit of old phones is most fascinating! Refeshments will be served. Read the entire newsletter: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B2BY7meZr6uAQTVBNDJGNmtjMjg

The mailings went out the first week in July. If you did not receive the brochure for the new Whiteside County History Book in-the-making, then contact Don Mulnix, coordinator. dsm_1944@yahoo.com Each town should have some at their historical society & possibly other merchants as well. I left some in Tampico at the Ronald Reagan Birthplace, PNB bank & the Historical Society. I will be checking with the other merchants in town to see if they will keep some on hand as well. I've left copies in Kickback, R & B Dutch Diner, PNB & Reagan Birthplace as well as in the Historical Society. You are allowed 500 words + one photo for free. $15 for each additional photo. You do not have to have lived here for a very long time. There are already history books that cover the pioneers, etc. Think 50 yrs. from now...YOU are the history to them. Tell us about you, your family, etc. Guidelines are in the brochure. Especially hoping to get a lot of Tampico families in there.

Please visit our WHAT'S NEW? PAGE for recent updates to the site. http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/Whats_New.html

I do not have time to itemize as I usually do - I will be working on retrieving the information on the Message Boards.

Denise McLoughlin
Family History Coordinator
Tampico Area Historical Society

PLEASE NOTE - YOU CAN NOT "REPLY" TO THIS NEWSLETTER. It is sent out by an outside service. If you need to contact us, send email to our president, Joan Johnson, garyjoan@thewisp.net, 815-622-8705 or to Denise McLoughlin, tampicohistoricalsociety@gmail.com, 815-590-2143.

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