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FamilySearch Content Submission Agreement

FamilySearch International is a nonprofit organization affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In this Agreement, FamilySearch and its affiliated individuals and entities are referred to as “FamilySearch,” “us,” “we,” or similar terms. By submitting any content to the FamilySearch website, you agree to the terms and conditions of this FamilySearch Content Submission Agreement (this “Agreement”), and you also agree to the Terms of Use for the FamilySearch website. The liability and obligations of FamilySearch and its affiliated individuals and entities in connection with the publishing or use of any content submitted by you are strictly limited by the website Terms of Use, the Privacy Policy, and by this Agreement. This Agreement supplements the FamilySearch website’s Terms of Use; it does not replace the Terms of Use. Both the Terms of Use and this Agreement are incorporated into each other as if explicitly recited, each in the other.

You are Responsible for Your Contributed Content

The decision to submit any information, content, and other materials (collectively, “Contributed Content”) to this site is your responsibility. All information that you submit will be displayed and will be available for others to search, view, use, or hear. Do not submit any content which you do not want to be accessed or used by others.

Right to Submit

By submitting content to this site, you represent and affirm that you have the legal right to do so, and that the submission of such content will not violate any third party’s privacy rights, publicity rights, contract rights, copyrights, or other proprietary rights. By representing and affirming your legal right to submit content, you accept legal responsibility for the use of your Contributed Content by us or by other visitors to the site.


We are sensitive to the copyright and other intellectual property rights of others. Be aware that content, including photographs, stories, and personal experiences, even if submitted to a site to which you belong, remains the property of the creator or submitter. You should not submit or reproduce such without permission of the owner. Photographs of living individuals, except your own minor children, must not be posted without their consent. When creating an audio/voice recording, the content recorded should be your own; or, if the content was created by someone else (for example a poem or article), you should have permission of the owner of such content.

Licenses and Rights Granted to Us

By submitting content to FamilySearch, you grant FamilySearch an unrestricted, fully paid-up, royalty-free, worldwide, and perpetual license to use any and all information, content, and other materials (collectively, “Contributed Content”) that you submit or otherwise provide to this site (including, without limitation, genealogical content and discussions and content relating to deceased persons) for any and all purposes, in any and all manners, and in any and all forms of media that we, in our sole discretion, deem appropriate for the furtherance of our mission to promote family history and genealogical research. As part of this license, you give us permission to copy, publicly display, transmit, broadcast, and otherwise distribute your Contributed Content throughout the world, by any means we deem appropriate (electronic or otherwise, including the Internet). You also understand and agree that as part of this license, we have the right to create derivative works from your Contributed Content by combining all or a portion of it with that of other contributors or by otherwise modifying your Contributed Content.

Accuracy of Contributed Content

You agree to provide true, accurate and complete information. If we determine, in our sole and absolute discretion, that any information you provide is false or misleading, we have the right, but not the obligation, to take any remedial or preventative action we deem appropriate, including restricting access and/or deleting or editing any of your Contributed Content.

Sensitivity to Other Users

We ask you to be selective in submitting your Contributed Content. We reserve the right to remove any Contributed Content which we believe, in our sole and absolute discretion (a) is irrelevant, (b) is potentially harmful or embarrassing to any living person, (c) is offensive, indecent, inappropriate, threatening, or abusive, or (d) otherwise violates this Agreement. We may also take any action, including restricting access for violations of this Agreement and notifying law enforcement of any activity which appears in our sole discretion to violate applicable law.

Automated Screening

We reserve the right, without obligation, to monitor and edit your Contributed Content. We may use automated filtering tools to suppress Contributed Content which may pertain to a living person or which violates the FamilySearch Terms of Use or this Agreement. Although we are not obligated to do so, we reserve the right to edit your Contributed Content for any or no reason.

Care of Submissions

We intend to use reasonable efforts to preserve the integrity of your Contributed Content and to avoid errors or omissions in the content of this site. We provide the opportunity to submit information subject to the FamilySearch Terms of Use and this Agreement. This Service is provided “AS IS” and we are not responsible or liable for errors or omissions in any content you may find on this site, or for any loss, damage, or corruption of Contributed Content that you submit. You may withdraw any of your Contributed Content from FamilySearch sites, but we are not required to remove links or references to withdrawn Contributed Content. We are not liable for any special or consequential damages resulting from your submission of Contributed Content or our refusal to accept your Contributed Content. Please see the site Terms of Use for further information.

Content Protection Laws

If you are located outside the United States, you consent to the processing in the United States of America of any personal content that you submit. You also agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of personal information to or from the United States of America and the country in which you reside.

Effective date: December 17, 2014

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