Terms & Conditions of Use

Here are the terms and conditions of use, privacy policy, and disclosure statement applicable to this site. It applies to you, dear reader; please review it.

1. Terms

By accessing this web site, you are agreeing to be bound by these web site Terms and Conditions of Use, all applicable laws and regulations, and agree that you are responsible for compliance with any applicable local laws. If you do not agree with any of these terms, you are prohibited from using or accessing this site. The materials contained in this web site are protected by applicable copyright and trade mark law.

2. Acceptable Use

Content on this site, except where noted, is copyrighted to Kristen Hocker. All rights are reserved.  You may not:

  • copy any of the content (including images) without prior written permission from the author;
  • use the content for any commercial purpose, or for any public display (commercial or non-commercial);
  • remove any copyright or other proprietary notations from the materials; or
  • send the content to another person or post the content on any other server, your website, or in any database content published to the web (including all online family trees.);
  • serve content from this site within a frame or any other mechanism which hides that the content is from A Pennsylvania Dutch Genealogy.

You may:

  • link to any content on this website (links to specific pages are encouraged); and
  • copy content with prior written permission from the author for your personalprivate use only.

Before any content from this site can be use, please contact me for permission. If permission is given, I request that all information be attributed to me as the author and legal copyright owner, and a link provided back to the specific and appropriate page on this site. If said link cannot be found, please contact me for assistance.

3. Limitations

I have no intention of causing harm to anyone as a result of the information I share on this site. The majority of those I write about are long dead. However, you, the reader, will not hold me accountable for libel or defamation of character from any content posted on this site. Furthermore, in no event shall I be held accountable or liable for any damages, arising out of the use or inability to use any of the content or materials on this site.

4. Disclaimer

While I try to post accurate and thorough information here on this site, I am not infallible. I have been known to make mistakes. The content is provided “as-is.” I do not warrantee any of the information on this site as accurate, complete, or current.

Due to the nature of genealogical research, my conclusions are only as valid as the evidence at hand. New information, new sources, or just a new interpretation of existing sources may prove previous conclusions invalid. This site is a “work-in-progress” and may be updated or revised at any time. That said, I do not guarantee that I will be able to always update or revise said content, or do so in a timely fashion.

I try to give credit where credit is due and to diligently (and correctly) cite my sources. Please contact me if you feel I have failed to do so. Any failure to do so is unintentional and will be corrected or removed.

5. Links

I have not completely reviewed all the content on the sites to which I have linked. I am not responsible for the content, the performance, or actions of those sites. My linking to a site does not imply that I endorse that site. Click on any link at your own risk.


I am not responsible for the content of the comments left by users of this site. However, I reserve the right to moderate and/or accept only those comments that I deem useful or appropriate.

7. Modifications

I may revise or otherwise change these terms and conditions of use at any time without prior notification.

8. Privacy Policy

I like my privacy. I’m sure you like yours, too. Any information you provide on this site will not be sold, released, or otherwise shared. I am not responsible for the privacy policies of external websites. So, if you click a link, please refer to the privacy policy on that site before sharing your personal information.

While I will do my best to protect your information, I cannot guarantee the security of any information you submit to this site. You are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of any passwords or other account information.

9. Disclosure

The links to purchase my books may be affiliate links. If you click a link to view a book on another site or to purchase it, I may receive an affiliate commission. This does not impact the price you pay for the book.

This site is governed by the laws of Massachusetts.

Whew! Glad that’s done. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch.

The content on this page was inspired by the policies pages at Hack Genealogy and the TOS generator at Ben Nadel’s Blog. You can find more information about terms of service and disclosure statements for genealogy bloggers—and the need for them—at Geneabloggers.