The Spiker Family Gathering Place

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Privacy Policy

Last Updated: 3 January 2021


     Thank you for stopping by at The Spiker Family Gathering Place. We are committed to providing our visitors with a service that respects and protects your personal privacy choices and concerns. Here we will explain how we collect, use, disclose, and safeguard your information when you visit our Website ( and Subsite (FamilyTree.SpikerFamily) collectively, this “Site.”

     We reserve the right to make changes to this Privacy Policy at any time and for any reason. We will alert you about any changes by updating the “Last Updated” date of this Privacy Policy (shown at the top of this page.) Any changes or modifications will be effective immediately upon posting the update. Please read carefully. If you do not agree with the terms of this policy, please do not access this Site.

Cookies – How they are used

     Like other websites, our Site uses cookies. A “cookie” is a small piece of data that is sent to your browser from a web server and stored on your computer’s hard drive. Cookies are used to make web surfing faster and easier and by saving your preferences. There are several ways to manage cookies based on the desktop or mobile browser you are using: you can reset your browser to allow cookies, clear cookies, prevent or refuse all cookies, or have your browser show you when a cookie is being sent.

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

     If you do nothing more during your visit than browse through our Site, read pages, or download information, our server will automatically gather and store certain information about your visit. The data our server automatically collects may include your IP address, your browser type, your operating system, mobile device type, your country, your access times, and the pages you have viewed.

     This anonymous information does not identify you personally but helps us know the number of visitors to our Site, the types of technology our visitors use, and which parts of our Site are visited most frequently.

Personal Data that you Provide

     You can visit our Site and use many of our services without telling us who you are. If you choose to provide us with personally identifiable information such as your name, email address, mailing address, and/or demographic information such as your age, gender, hometown, and interests, by registering with us, sending an e-mail or direct message to us, or when you choose to participate in various activities related to the Site such as completing and submitting a form, and/or posting on the message board and calendars, we may use that information to:

  • Communicate with, and respond to, you directly,
  • Publish your writings for the Spiker Family Gazette newsletter,
  • Enable user-to-user communications,
  • Notify you of updates to the Site,
  • Offer new products, services, and/or recommendations to you,
  • Request feedback,
  • Resolve disputes and troubleshoot problems,
  • Send you a newsletter,
  • Solicit support for the Site,
  • Perform other activities as needed.

This is information that you voluntarily submit directly to us or through our Site. You are under no obligation to provide us with personal information of any kind, however, your refusal to do so may prevent you from using certain features of the Site.

Disclosure of your Information

     We may share information we have collected about you in certain situations as follows:

     By Law or to Protect Rights – If we believe the release of information about you is necessary to respond to legal process, to investigate or remedy potential violations of our policies, or to protect the rights, property, and safety of others, we may share your information as permitted or required by any applicable law, rule, or regulation.

     Third-Party Service Providers – We may share your information with third parties that perform services for us or on our behalf including email and newsletter delivery, hosting services, and data analysis.

     Interactions with Other Users – If you interact with other users of the Site, those users may see your name, photo, and descriptions of your activity including chatting with other users, liking posts, etc. When you post comments, contributions or other content to our Site, your posts may be viewed by all users and may be publicly distributed outside the Site in perpetuity.

     Interactions with our Site – Comments and questions, genealogies and histories, and photos and videos submitted to our Site may be included in our newsletters, FAQ’s, and other materials published for the purpose of helping people with genealogy research. Personal identifying information will not be included without your permission.

     Third-Party Advertisers / Affiliates – We may include genealogy- and family history-related advertisements in our “Store” such as and These companies may use information about your visits to the Site and other websites that are contained in web cookies. You should make every effort to read the privacy policies of these third parties and decide whether or not to continue using the services based upon the privacy policies posted. No third-party sites are covered by our Privacy Policy, and no warranty concerning these is either given or implied.

     Research Projects – One of the most valuable resources for a community of users researching and building their family trees is access to the historical research of others. We may share information about living individuals in some of our records. Examples of these records include civil, birth and marriage indexes, electoral registers, and more. The records containing living individuals are Public Record and we provide the data based on our legitimate interest.


     If at any time you have questions about this privacy policy or the practices of this site, wish to update your details or have them removed from our mailing list, or if you no longer wish to receive correspondence, emails or other communications, please contact us.