Do you charge to use this site?
I pay for this site out of my own pocket. It can get a bit costly. Currently, the Ancestry subscription used to find records is in excess of $300+ a year. The web server and software are around $100 a year. My research time is priceless. All this is provided for free to you.
I am always looking for Angels to help, especially editors to help clean up some of the articles and the data. Contact me and I will gladly create an admin account for you.
Of course, monetary donations are always welcome. You can buy me a cup of coffee.
Internet technology has come a long way in a short time. When I first started, I was handwriting individual pages that contained my genealogy information. I had about 2000 pages. That was a lot of work.
Nowadays this work takes a fraction of that time. I use WordPress as the base software for this site. It has come a long way in the past few years and constantly evolving which keeps me constantly evolving with upkeep of this site. I write some of the code for this site to get things to work how I want. WordPress is open-source software in which I can change and tweak the code as needed.
The database is TNG – The Next Generation of Genealogy Software. This is not open source. I have to change some of its codings to make it work properly and play nicely with WordPress.
I would like to someday write a fully integrated Genealogy Content Management System for WordPress. Maybe someday if I find enough time and gain some better programming skills.
The website has been designed to conform with HTML and CSS standards as outlined by the World Wide Web (WWW) consortium. This site will be best viewed in a standards-compliant browser.
Images and Documents
Images on this site are compressed in order to render the site as fast as possible and to save money due to bandwidth restrictions. Documents should print out okay, but photos will not be that great. If you want a high-resolution photo just drop me a line and I will email it to you individually if I have it.
I have also recently started putting large watermarks over most family photos because I have found sites selling my photos and research without my consent.
Before subscribing or participating in the ourbigclan.com website, please review the following terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are for the protection of our members including you as well as us. By participating in our group, you are consenting to these rules. Violators may be warned, suspended from posting, or banned from any part of the site including the family database, the forum, the blogs, news areas, photo albums, or the entire website, at the sole discretion of the ourbigclan.com staff. We may alter these terms and conditions at our discretion and your continued use after the change constitutes your acceptance of that change. If you do not agree with these terms and conditions, don’t use the ourbigclan.com website.
ourbigclan.com contains information in the form of photographs, documents, data, editorials, and other content accessible on the internet. All content is the copyrighted property of ourbigclan.com and its individual submitter. It is protected under copyright law as a collective work and any use other than “fair use” as defined under U.S. copyright laws and conventions is strictly prohibited.
You are licensed to use the content only for personal family history research and may download content only for the purpose of that research. No information is to be reproduced in any form, media or technology now known or later developed, without the expressed written consent of ourbigclan.com AND each individual submitter of the content.
ourbigclan.com will not be held liable for any material you post. You will not knowingly post any content that violates the copyright, trademark, patent, or other intellectual property rights of any third party and you will remove the same should you discover that you have violated this provision. You may not post content or links to content that is libelous, defamatory, offensive, obscene, racist, abusive, violates a third-party’s right to privacy, or violates any local, state, national or international law, or that is otherwise inappropriate. You will indemnify ourbigclan.com, its members, associates, agents or affiliates from any and all claims and/or damages, including but not limited to reasonable attorney’s fees, resulting from any claim brought by any third party relating to content you have posted.
No Advertising or Commerce
Since our site is based on the free distribution of family research, do not post any advertisements anywhere, either in the forum, blogs, the news section, or in the database. You may not solicit funds, promote commercial entities, or otherwise engage in commercial activity on this site. Any such posts will be deleted. You may not contact other participants with advertising privately by any means without their express prior permission.
Exercise common sense and be considerate toward your fellow users. Diversity of opinion and intelligent civil discourse is encouraged; by the same token, insults and flaming are not tolerated. Disagreeing with the idea of another user is different from attacking that individual. We are all family here and as such encourage you to treat other ourbigclan.com members like you would treat a member of your immediate family.
Stay on topic
Keep your comments, updates, or posts consistent with the area you add them to. Deliberate disruption, such as consistent off-topic and/or frivolous commentary, will not be tolerated. Such posts will be deleted or redirected to our general chat area of the forum. This is your community and if you feel posts are becoming inappropriate please contact us or let your other posters know how you feel.
Do not provide false information
Deliberately falsifying family information or deleting individuals without prior consent will be considered malicious use and your membership will be terminated, your I.P. will be banned, and you will not be allowed to re-register without the approval of the ourbigclan.com staff. You must provide a valid email address when registering where we may contact you, if necessary, during the registration process. Your email address will not be published on the site, except if you actively choose to do so. You are limited to one user account on ourbigclan.com. Under no circumstances may you create alternate names, assume secondary identities, or use someone else’s name for your name. You are responsible for all usage or activity on ourbigclan.com via your password account. We will never ask you for your password and do not have access to it. If you feel your account has been compromised, contact ourbigclan.com immediately. You may change your password, or any other profile information given, at any time through your exclusive profile area. ourbigclan.com reserves the right, in our sole discretion, to remove a user’s privilege to post content. Suspended members who re-register with new accounts will have those accounts deactivated without notice. Repeated attempts will result in our contacting your ISP with a complaint.
ourbigclan.com Reserves Edit Rights
We have the right, but not the obligation, to monitor the content to determine compliance with all sections of this agreement and any other operating rules established by ourbigclan.com. We shall have the right in our sole discretion to edit, refuse to post, remove or otherwise alter any material submitted to or posted on the website. ourbigclan.com reserves the right to remove any material that we, in our sole discretion, find to be in violation of this agreement or inappropriate for any reason whatsoever without consent. Notwithstanding all of the foregoing, users remain solely responsible for the content of their messages, submissions, or posts.
Use at Your Own Risk
You acknowledge and agree that you use and/or rely on any information obtained through ourbigclan.com at your own risk. ourbigclan.com does not in any manner vouch for or endorse the reliability of user-submitted content. The disclaimer of liability contained in the Terms and Conditions applies to any damages or injury caused by any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, communication line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, alteration of, or use of record, whether for breach of contract, tortious behavior negligence, or under any other cause of action.
For any content that you post, you hereby grant ourbigclan.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, exclusive and fully sub-licensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole and in part, worldwide and to incorporate it in other works, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed with the understanding that we will never sell the material to any third party or individual for profit. This site is strictly non-profit.