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California State Genealogical Alliance (hereinafter referred to as the Alliance)


This agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of California, as applied to agreements entered into and to be performed entirely within the State, without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law. Any action you bring to enforce this agreement or any matters related to this site shall be brought in either the state or federal courts located in Contra Costa County, California, and you hereby consent and submit to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purpose of litigating any such action.

If any provision of this agreement is unlawful, void or unenforceable in whole or in part, the remaining provisions shall not be affected, unless the Alliance determines that the involved or unenforceable provision is an essential term to the agreement, in which case the Alliance may, at the Alliance’s sole discretion, amend the agreement.

If you do not agree with the terms in this agreement, please do not use this site.


The Alliance is not liable for any special or consequential damages resulting from your use of, or your inability to use, the materials in this site or any linked site, including, but not limited to, lost profits, business interruptions and loss of programs or other data on your information handling system. In no event shall the Alliance’s total liability to you for all damages, losses, and causes of action exceed the amount paid by you, if any, for accessing this site or any linked sites.


Please read the following terms and conditions carefully. The CSGA Website is an online information and communication service, operated by the California State Genealogical Alliance (the Alliance). The Alliance provides its service to you, subject to the following Terms and Conditions of Service (Terms of Service). By using the CSGA Website you agree to be bound by these Terms of Service, which the Alliance may update without notice to you. Because of the ever-changing nature of the Internet, we suggest you check these Terms of Service from time to time for the most current version.

By using the CSGA Website you agree to the following rules:

  • You may not post or transmit on the CSGA Website any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, or illegal material.
  • You may use the CSGA Website for lawful purposes only. You may not transmit any material that violates the rights of others, infringes a person’s intellectual property rights (such as copyrights, patents, or trademarks), is otherwise unlawful or encourages unlawful activity, or could give rise to civil liability. Transmission of any material that violates any federal, state, or local law or regulation is prohibited, and CSGA reserves the right to notify law enforcement authorities in such an event.
  • CSGA reserves the right to discontinue or modify any parts of this Website with or without prior notice.

    CSGA may provide links to third party sites. CSGA is not responsible for the content of any other site linked to from our site. We are not responsible for broken links. To maintain as clean a site as possible, therefore, we would appreciate notification of any problem with sites linked to from ours.

    CSGA disallows any responsibility for the actions of any third party merchant who is reached through a link on our site.

    Your use of this site constitutes your agreement to these Terms. If you disagree with any of the Terms, please do not use our site.

    Before uploading any item to the internet it is important to stop and ask, "Do I have the right to publish this item?" Posting to the internet is a form of publication and all copyright law applies. So think:

  • Did this item come from a published work? Is that work covered by a copyright?
  • Did the item come from a non-published source? If so who owns the source? Do you have permission to share the information from the creator or owner of the source, or was it given to you solely for your own use?
  • Some items that we might not tend to think of as being covered by copyright laws are letters, journals and email. However, the authors of those items are entitled to full copyright privileges and permission is necessary to share them.

    Some permission can be implied. If you write or email other researchers and tell them that you are planning to publish a family history, you can probably assume permission to use their information if they send it with no stipulation. That does not excuse you from the duty to fully source that same information. However, if you write or email the same researchers and state you are just looking for your family information, you should obtain permission before you use their information in a publication or post it on the web.

    It doesn't matter whether your motive is to share exciting information with others or achieve financial or social gain, if you do not have the right to publish, you do not have the right to post an item on the internet.

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    The Alliance, in an attempt to educate Genealogists and Family Historians, wants to encourage the proper usage of copyright laws.
    Please refer to the Copyright menu option above.
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