Who we are

Our website address is http://journeysingenealogy.comJourneys in Genealogy is a personal, non-commercial genealogical website providing detailed historical family information about the Thrush/Traynor and Birdsall/Danzi family lines of my wife and me–including various articles & photographic galleries about our family and of general genealogical community interest.  It is an integrated, or more appropriately described  ‘bundled‘ platform utilizing highly-customized versions of WordPress and The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding as its central components.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Guestbook & Discussion

When visitors leave comments on the Journeys in Genealogy Guestbook, we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor‚Äôs IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.  This information is necessary for spam detection along with other measures, and allows visitors to make comments without having to create a user account and log in.  The information which you have voluntarily entered is never shared with third parties and is only accessible to the site administrator.


Visitors to the website can download images located on the website.  We do not collect information on those downloads.  Please respect copyright laws and refer to our Copyright and Fair Use page.  All site content is governed by the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license.  More details are available on the Copyright Considerations page.


Contact forms

The Journeys in Genealogy website uses an internal WordPress contact form that only saves the information you have entered voluntarily–and includes a GDPR Agreement that you must consent to in order to send your message.  No cookies are involved, and we do not share your information with anyone.  The information is retained for the sole purpose of responding to your message and is available only to the Journeys in Genealogy site publisher (me).

Cookies (link)

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 two weeks.

If you have a forum 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 session 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 commenting account, the login cookies for that session will be invalidated.  Please review our Cookie Policies page for further details.

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.  Such information is governed by the policies of said third-party entities.  Further information on how to control general cookies and third-party cookie placement can be found on our Cookie Policy page.


Presently, this site uses Google Analytics to monitor site traffic and number of visitors on a daily and monthly basis.  Cookies generated by Analytics help us by generating metrics (graphs & tables) understand our visitors and what pages they visit.  This enables us to shape the site appearance, customize menus, and determine what areas and features to develop further.  No personally identifiable data is transmitted to accomplish this metrics analysis.  

Who we share your data with

How long we retain your data

If you leave a contact message, 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 profiles. 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 Journeys in Genealogy or have left comments in a site component such as the Journeys forum, you can request 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

Visitor form input may be checked through an automated spam detection service.  Presently we use Google reCAPTCHA v2

Your contact information

Your submitted contact information is never transmitted to anyone–and is only visible to the site administrator.  It may only be released under presentation to the site administrator with a formal and enforceable warrant from a recognized law enforcement organization.

Additional information

How we protect your data

Our website is hosted on a secure & managed VPS (Virtual Private Server) account with Inmotionhosting.com.  From the Linux container, through Apache, PHP, and MySQL components–strong security protocols such as SSL certificates, brute force protection, DOS, email server, webhost router pool IP addressing, and backups are protected and encrypted using 256-bit RSA protocols.  Backups of our MySQL database are also password protected.  We do not share, transmit, or allow access to any personally identifiable data (PII).  The only exception to this is if a formal and enforceable warrant for information is served on the site administrator by a law enforcement agency.

What third parties do we receive data from?

At present, the only third party we receive anonymous data from is Google Analytics.

Governmental regulatory disclosure requirements

This site is currently compliant with the regulatory agreements of the United States, the EU GDPR Agreement, the Russian Federation “Automatic Processing of Personal Data (the 1981 Convention) requirements, UK Online Privacy Law, and generally accepted legal practices.  These may change at any time by action of their respective governmental authorities–and Journeys in Genealogy will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate such changes.

Patrick Thrush, Site publisher, owner, and administrator

Journeys in Genealogy February 2019>>May 2022