Privacy Policy

Private Policy and GPDR


We have constructed a Private Policy that is GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) friendly. This newer set of privacy regulations by the European Commission encompass most worldwide internet sites.

These private policy guidelines and regulations incorporate the greater concerns for data breaches of any personal data and any sensitive personal data. Also includes necessary consents to process or store said data, and allows a person to request that their personal information is completely erased ( many valid exceptions like bank records, etc). For additional information and definitions Read More.

Who we are

Our website address is

Ronald L. Fake, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Publisher

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on this site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

We use WPforms contact form software for this website where the settings are adjusted to comply with GDPR.  Our Contact Us form requires your name and email address in order to respond to your concern. We ask for your consent to capture personal data before the contact form is submitted.  This information is stored on our servers for one month which allows us time to address your concerns. This personal information is never used for any marketing purposes.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to save your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

If you sign up to receive our newsletter with MailChimp, no cookies are set.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

We Use Google Analytics

What data is collected

Google Analytics (GA) collects anonymous aggregate data from site visitors including which pages are visited, what time of the day the pages are visited, and how long those pages are visited.  GA collects thousands of data points regarding activity on the site. The only personally identifiable piece of information collected is a visitor’s IP address.

How is that data used

Google Analytics (GA) does not let me or anyone else see the IP address, but GA uses IP addresses to create reports that show where in the world visitors are from.

With an adjustment to this site’s GA code, the IP address is anonymized. This means the last three digits of the IP are removed and geo-location is no longer accurate. For more  information, on IP addresses take a look at this Wikipedia article

This site uses MailChimp

What data is collected

MailChimp for Word Press is an email software plugin that generates the email sign-in form that collects your limited personal data and transmits that data to MailChimp our processing partner. MailChimp contains on their servers personally identifiable information that you provided when you signed up to be included on our newsletter mailing list.

If you are on the mailing list then this data only includes your name and email address.

How is that data used

In the process of sending out the Ancestry Europe to America newsletter your name and email address are used. Your name may be used to dynamically personalize pages on the website. Only the email recipient would ever see that personalization.

Your email address is never used outside of mailing the newsletter.

You may update at any time the information about you and your personal preferences from your email registration by emailing

You may also ask us at any time to remove your name from our list of Site email users by opting out at the bottom of any email received from us.

Once you opt out, we will honor your choice until you inform us otherwise.

Who we share your data with

Ancestry Europe to America shares your email data with MailChimp which provides emails notifying participants of new posts from this site. By default, WordPress does not share any personal data with anyone.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site or have left comments, you can request (Contact Us) to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

MailChimp contains on their servers personally identifiable information that you provided when you signed up to be included on our newsletter mailing list.

Visitor comments offered on posts are checked through an automated spam detection service to maintain the creditability of this website.

Additional information

How we protect your data

We do our best to keep your Personal Data safe.  We use safe protocols for communication and transferring data (such as HTTPS). We monitor our systems for possible vulnerabilities and attacks.  Stored data is encrypted when possible.

Even though we try our best we can not guarantee the security of information. However, we promise to notify suitable authorities of data breaches. We will also notify you if there is a threat to your rights or interests. We will do everything we reasonably can to prevent security breaches and to assist authorities should any breaches occur.


We do not intend to collect or knowingly collect information from children (13 and under). We do not target children with our services.

What data breach procedures we have in place

Our WordPress website site collects no personal data that would result in any breach of data. Our email vendor MailChimp uses GDRP friendly forms to collect and store email addresses and names that make our email program work.  Any data breach with MailChimp would be covered under their Private Policy.

What third parties we receive data from

We do not share your Personal Data with strangers. Personal Data about you is in some cases provided to our trusted partners in order to either make providing the service to you possible or to enhance your customer experience. We share your data with:

Our processing partners

Connected third parties:

We only work with Processing partners who are able to ensure an adequate level of protection to your Personal Data. We disclose your Personal Data to third parties or public officials when we are legally obliged to do so. We might disclose your Personal Data to third parties if you have consented to it (email signup) or if there are other legal grounds for it.

This site may contain links to other third parties, for example, social media sites with buttons like Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin, and others. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or content of most third-party sites other than sites discussed previously.  These sites may collect personally identifiable data from you that we have no control over. Data collection practices and privacy policies of these sites are their responsibility.

 Industry regulatory disclosure requirements


Contact us for more information

Should you feel that your privacy or security is being compromised, or have any other questions regarding our privacy practices or this Privacy Policy, please notify us using the following contact information: Contact Us.


Your continued use of this site after any change in this Private Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

We reserve the right to make changes to this Private Policy.

Last revised: August 21, 2021