Sharing Policy


Researching and sharing genealogy information is what this website is all about. Sharing is a reciprocal act, you tell me what you know and I will tell you what I know. After all, we would not get very far in our genealogy pursuit if it was not for others sharing their information with us. We like to think of our site as a "pay it forward" website.


Sharing can sometimes become complicated. Who owns the data in the family tree?  The person who compiled it? The one who possesses a copy? Anyone? The rule of thumb when dealing with genealogy data is that facts, such as birth, death, and marriage dates and locations cannot be copyrighted. To learn more about copyright and genealogy, please read  Copyright Basics by the United States Copyright Office, Copyright Fundamentals for Genealogy by Michael Patrick Goad and Copyright and Genealogy by Kimberly Powell.


User-provided content

The Black Sea German database will contain user-provided content in the form of GEDCOMS. For this content, Black Sea German Research is a distributor only. By submitting a GEDCOM to Black Sea German Research, you grant Black Sea German Research, the host of this site, a license to display that content in our Black Sea German database. Should you contribute content to this site, you understand that it will be seen and used by others under the license described herein. You should only submit content which belongs to you and will not violate the property or other rights of other people or organizations. Black Sea German Research is sensitive to the copyright of others.


Black Sea German Research will not edit or monitor user-provided content except to promote privacy. A filtering tool will be used to suppress, and omit from display, information submitted to the Black Sea German database which appears to pertain to a living person. We also reserve the right to remove any user-provided content that comes to our attention and that we believe, in our sole discretion, is illegal, obscene, indecent, defamatory, incites racial or ethnic hatred or violates the rights of others, or is in any other way objectionable.



The information included on this website may include inaccuracies or typographical errors. Changes are periodically made to the information herein. We and our content providers provide all content on this website as is, and without any warranty of any kind.   


This website contains links to other sites that are not controlled by Black Sea German Research. These links are provided as a convenience only and Black Sea German Research makes no representations as to the accuracy, completeness or suitability of any of the content on those sites, or in any link contained in a linked site. The inclusion of a linked site does not imply an endorsement by Black Sea German Research. Black Sea German Research has no responsibility for information that is referenced by or linked to these sites.  


If you are dissatisfied with any portion of this site, or with any of these terms of use, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using this site.