Our Family History

Cunningham, Walker, Finney, Benner, and Related Lines

The Website, Copyright and License, Terms of Use, and Privacy Policy

The Website

This website, John Tracy's Tracings, is owned and operated by me, John Tracy Cunningham. The website includes all content that can be accessed using the URL http://johntracy.us or that exists within that domain. At present, the website is a WordPress site with a blog and other pages, including a family history site powered by The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding, by Darrin Lythgoe.

The term "you" refers to any person viewing the content of John Tracy's Tracings using the URL http://johntracy.us.

Copyright and License

The entire content of this website is copyrighted as a collective work under the copyright laws of the United States, and all rights are reserved.

I grant you a license to view, copy, share, and adapt the content of this website. The terms of this grant are contained in the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, which is noted at the bottom left of every page on the website.  Basically, the terms are:

  • You are free to:
    • Share - Copy and redistribute website content in any medium or format, and
    • Adapt - Remix, transform, and build upon website content.
    • I cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.
  • You must exercise these freedoms under the following terms:
    • Attribution - You must give appropriate credit (name of the content's creator and my name; copyright notice; license notice; disclaimer notice; and a link to the content), and indicate whether changes were made.  You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that implies that I endorse you or your use.
    • NonCommercial - You may not use the content for commercial purposes, i.e., in a way primarily intended for commercial advantage or monetary compensation.
    • ShareAlike - If you remix, transform, or build upon the content, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.
    • No additional restrictions - You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
  • You do not have to comply with the license for elements of the content in the public domain or where your use is permitted by an applicable exception or limitation.
  • No warranties are given.  This license may not give you all of the permissions necessary for your intended use.  For example, other rights such as publicity, privacy, or moral rights may limit how you use the content.

Terms of Use

All content located within the domain http://johntracy.us is accessible by the public, with two exceptions: (1) Access to data on living persons is allowed only to family members, and (2) Access to ordinance information of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) is allowed only to LDS Church members.

It is expressly forbidden for anyone to charge for access to any content on this website, or to provide the information contained on them to anyone for any kind of fee or charge, or to use them in a commercial manner.  If you have been charged a fee to access this website, or know of a website that is doing so, or that is reproducing information from this website for a fee, please contact me.

Privacy Policy

The primary objective in family history is to identify all ancestors and descendants in a particular family tree and to collect personal data on them.  As a minimum, these data include the individual's name and the dates and locations of birth, marriage, and death.  In order to be of service to family members and to support research by other genealogists, these data are often published on Internet family history and genealogy websites.

To help fulfill these goals on this website, I may have collected personal information on you and your family from a variety of sources, including yourself.  The privacy of this information is important to me, and I assure you that you will be satisfied with the Privacy Policy on this page, which applies to all family history content on this website.

Most of us would prefer not to have to worry about our personal data, but in this day and age, we must use caution to prevent misuse of such information.  Identity theft and credit fraud are the worst problems. There is concern that information distributed to distant relatives or put on a family history website makes it easier for unscrupulous individuals to commit invasions of privacy or other frauds.  However, one or two facts alone (e.g., your name and/or your mother's maiden name) are not enough information to cause damage.

This applies to the living.  The dead have no privacy.

Personal Data Suppression

To ensure the privacy of living individuals, this website always suppresses the personal data of living individuals from viewing by the general public.  Personal data includes, but is not limited to, names, birth and marriage dates and locations, photographs, notes, and biographies.  Instead, the word "Living" and gender are shown.

Only family members who have registered, whom I have approved, and who log into the website, can see information about living individuals.

If a family member does not want their personal data to be seen by other family members or to exist in the database of this website, in spite of password protection, that individual and his/her descendants will be reluctantly excluded from the website.

If you are aware that someone is living and their name and/or other information is shown publicly on this website, please let me know, so I can correct the situation.

Personal Data Access

Access to the personal data of living individuals is restricted to family members who register for an account, are approved by me, and are logged into the website.  If you are not a family member, I will not grant you access to the personal data of living individuals.

I reserve the right to restrict the access of family members to:

  • You (the registered user) and your spouse (but not your spouse's family).
  • Your descendants and their spouses.
  • Your parents and grandparents.
  • Your uncles and aunts and their spouses.
  • Your first cousins and their spouses (but not their children).
  • Your siblings and their spouses.
  • Your nephews and nieces and their spouses (but not their children).

Access to personal ordinance information of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) is restricted to LDS Church members who register for an account, are approved by me, and are logged into the website.  If you are not an LDS Church member, I will not grant you access to ordinance information.

Personal Data Security

Original data given to me in trust (personal information, e-mail and street addresses, tele phone numbers, etc.) is not provided to others unless your approval is first obtained. You should be aware, however, that most of this information is in the public domain and may be readily available to others using Internet search engines, e.g., Yahoo People Search, Google.com, Spokeo.com, Birthday.com, etc.

Photographs and Other Media

Photographs of living individuals are considered personal data and are normally suppressed. However, if the individual so chooses, a photograph can be tagged as "always visible".  Many photographs on this website have been obtained from public sources or belong to me.  By submitting a photograph, the submitter grants permission to me to display it on the website. Furthermore, anyone submitting a photograph or any other intellectual property affirms that they hold the copyright or have permission to submit said intellectual property. If a person wishes to have identifying information removed from media for which:

  • they are identified in the caption or other description, or
  • they can be identified through deductive reasoning using names and/or relationships found elsewhere,

please contact me and I will correct the matter.

John Tracy Cunningham
Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany
6 November 2014