Notes on the forum pages, courtesy & etiquette

Welcome to the British Genealogy forums

The forums are provided to the public free, for enjoyment, education and discussion and we are sure you will find your use of the forums informative and enjoyable.

Think of ‘a forum’ as being a discussion between people having common interests at a meeting in the administrator's own home. You are a guest and must behave with courtesy at all times.

This forum operates all of the following guidelines and rules to ensure that all of our guests enjoy their experience with British Genealogy.

It is accepted that sometimes there may be heated discussions where people may disagree, but please behave responsibly.

In the event of a user not adhering to reasonable standards of courtesy then threads & posts may be deleted without warning and the user banned permanently.

The Moderators and Administrators decision on such matters will be considered final.

If you want to post a further query about a person/topic for which there is already a thread, either continue in the same thread or else provide a link to your first thread to avoid duplication of research by people willing to assist you. Failure to do so can confuse users & alienate people who want to assist you.

Community Forum Rules

These rules (Rules) set out the terms for use of the Community Forum (the Forum), which apply to all members & replace the former ‘Acceptable Use Policy, privacy policy & terms’.

The forum is part of our website and these rules are duplicated there under ‘terms’.

Any submission of material by you to the Forum means that you accept, and agree to abide by, all the terms and conditions of these Rules.


The forum is moderated by volunteers giving up their own valuable time & for whom genealogy is a passion!

You must be aware, as a contributor to a forum that you accept the rules set herein and to abide by them and accept the administrator's enforcement of them.

As a user you may not post messages on the forums that attempt to do the administrator's/moderator's job, or to impose these or other rules.

Although the Forum is moderated, we are under no obligation to you or any other person to oversee, monitor or moderate the Forum and we may stop monitoring the Forum at any time. We will not be responsible as author, editor or publisher of any contribution submitted to the Forum (Contribution) and we expressly exclude our liability for any loss or damage arising from the use of the Forum by any person in contravention of these Rules. We reserve the right to promptly remove, or to disable access to, any contribution which we deem to be potentially defamatory of any person, unlawful or in violation of any third party rights.

Submission of Contributions

To add a Contribution to a discussion, carry out the following:

  1. Ensure you are logged into your account.
  2. Click on the button labelled “Reply to Thread” in the top left of the page showing the discussion you would like to respond to.
  3. Enter your reply in the “Quick Reply” box provided.
    1. For advanced settings please click on “Go Advanced” below the Quick Reply box.
    2. Advanced settings allow you to set a title for your post and add additional formatting such as Bold or Italics text, hyperlinks and images.
    3. From the Advanced Reply page you can also preview your post by clicking on the button labelled “Preview Post” below the reply box.
  4. Click on the button labelled “Post Quick Reply” to add your post to the discussion thread.
    1. This button is labelled “Submit Reply” in the Advanced Reply page. There is no limit to the length of a Contribution.

If you would like to start a new thread for discussion, please ensure you are logged in to your account and then:

  1. Click on the button labelled “Post New Thread” in the top left of the forum section you would like to post in.
  2. Enter a title for your post relevant to your subject.
  3. Enter your post content in the large box provided.
    1. Formatting options for bold and italics text, hyperlinks and images can be found at the top of this box.
  4. If desired set a post icon.
  5. Additional options can be set below the “Submit Thread” buttons. These include toggles to display your profile’s forum signature and disable ‘smilies’ as well as options for establishing a poll.
  6. Once happy with your post you can preview it by clicking the button labelled “Preview Post” found below the reply box and below the additional options menu.
  7. If you do not wish to preview your post you can immediately submit it by clicking on the “Submit New Thread” button.

Content Standards

These content standards (Content Standards) apply to each part of a Contribution as well as to its whole.

Notes on the use of the forum and contents of posts.

The Content Standards must be complied with in spirit as well as to the letter. We will determine, in our discretion, whether a Contribution breaches the Content Standards.

A Contribution must:

A Contribution must not:

Permission can be sought from Administrators and Moderators to post links to sites with useful and relevant resource to the topic being discussed.


By submitting a Contribution to the Forum, you agree to grant us a non-exclusive licence to use that Contribution.

Although you will still own the copyright in your Contribution, we will have the right to freely use, edit, alter, reproduce, publish and/or distribute the material contained in your Contribution. This licence will be free of charge, perpetual and capable of sub-licence. We may exercise all copyright and publicity rights in the material contained in your Contribution in all jurisdictions, to their full extent and for the full period for which any such rights exist in that material.

Please also note that, in accordance with the Content Standards, you must ensure that your Contribution does not infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person. By submitting your Contribution to the Forum, you are warranting that you have the right to grant us the non-exclusive copyright licence described above.

If you are not in a position to grant such a licence to us, please do not submit the Contribution to the Forum.


For the avoidance of doubt -this forum strictly forbids users to advertise or solicit ‘lookups’ from copyrighted work held elsewhere.

It is allowed and encouraged (subject to the copyright of the author and licence of the product publisher) to help others on the forums with their specific family history problems and queries by using or quoting a limited amount of material from published sources; and in such cases, you should always refer to the original source in your text.

Breach of these Rules

When we consider that a breach of the Content Standards has occurred, we may at our discretion take such action as we deem appropriate. Failure to comply with these Rules constitutes a material breach of the terms of use on which you are permitted to use the Community Forum, and may result in our taking all or any of the following actions:

We exclude our liability for all action we may take in response to breaches of these Rules. The actions described above are not limited, and we may take any other action we reasonably deem appropriate.


If you wish to complain about any Contribution posted to the Forum, please contact us. We will then review the Contribution and decide whether it complies with our Content Standards. We will deal with any Contribution which, in our opinion, violates our Content Standards as described above (see section "Breach of these Rules").

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Privacy Policy

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Links within this website to other sites are not covered by this policy. This website's Privacy Policy meets the regulations set out in the Data Protection Act 1998.

Dispute Resolution and Privacy Seals

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If you believe we have not followed our privacy policy in some way, they can help you resolve your concern.

Please contact us about a new dispute.

Data Collection

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Group "Basic information"

We collect the following information:

  1. HTTP protocol elements

At the user's option, we may also collect the following data:

This data will be used for the following purposes:

This data will be used by ourselves and our agents.

The following explanation is provided for why this data is collected:

Data collected from all Web users: access logs, and search strings (if entered).

Group "Cookies"

At the user's option, we will collect the following data:

This data will be used for the following purposes:

This data will be used by ourselves and our agents.

The following explanation is provided for why this data is collected:

Cookies are used to track visitors to our site so we can better understand what portions of our site best serve you.


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Please contact us with your email address and we will remove all your details. You may also contact us yourself at any time.

Please note that in order to ensure all traces of your account are removed properly, you must contact us with as much relevant information as we need to locate your account and remove it. We will notify you when this is done. At this point all of your details will have been removed from our server but may remain in cached pages elsewhere on the internet, these should expire in due course and are out of our control.

Subject access requests

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FWR DPA subject access request
Clever Digit Media Ltd
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Bradford Road
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We regret we can only accept and reply to such requests in written form, and only from the data subject themselves or with their written permission to disclose it to someone else.

We will reply within 30 days of receipt of any request.