Terms of use

Welcome to fggmn.org, the website of the Finnish Genealogy Group of Minnesota. All users of fggmn.org, whether members of the Finnish Genealogy Group of Minnesota or not, agree to the following terms and conditions, which define their rights, responsibilities and benefits.

Conditions of Use

Fggmn.org is owned and operated by the Finnish Genealogy Group of Minnesota (FGGMN). "You" or "your" means an adult user of the Service and you as parent or guardian for any minor which you allow to access the Service, for whom you will be held strictly responsible. We or us means the Finnish Genealogy Group of Minnesota (FGGMN). Your use of the Service indicates that you are bound by this agreement with us. If you do not agree with any of these terms and conditions, please do not use the site. FGGMn may alter or update this agreement at any time. Your continued use of the site after any change indicates your acceptance of that change. If you do not accept the change, please do not use the site.


The Finnish Genealogy Group of Minnesota is committed to respecting the personal privacy of members and non-member who use the site. See Privacy Policy.


All material on this site (content) is owned, copyrighted or licensed by FGGMN. Fggmn.org is protected by copyright as a collective work, compilation, and/or original work, pursuant to United States copyright laws, international conventions, and other copyright laws. . Reproduction, retransmission, or republication of all or any part of any webpage or document on this site is prohibited unless FGGMN (or the copyright owner of the material) has expressly granted its written consent to so reproduce, retransmit, or republish the material. All other rights are reserved by FGGMN. This website and the contents of each page are subject to the copyright of FGGMN to the fullest extent permitted by law. FGGMN reserves all of its rights, title and interest under such copyright.

Copyright Infringement and DMCA Policy.

As FGGMN asks others to respect its intellectual property rights, it respects the intellectual property rights of others. If you believe that material located on or linked to by the Website violates your copyright, you are encouraged to notify FGGMN at dmca@fggmn.org in accordance with FGGMNs Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) Policy. FGGMN will respond to all such notices, including as required or appropriate, by removing the infringing material or disabling all links to the infringing material. In the case of a user who may infringe or repeatedly infringes the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of FGGMN or others, FGGMN may, in its discretion, terminate or deny access to and use of the fggmn.org website.

Access to Content.

Non-members have access to and may view public pages only. Members have access to and may review, download and print the content from the member’s only areas subject to Copyright/Trademark restrictions. No user may publish material from this site in whole or in part in any electronic, print or other medium, except as unique elements that are part of a unique family history or genealogy. You may not use the content on this site (including names and contact information for those who submit information) for private inurement/gain or for the purpose of selling or promoting products or services, soliciting clients or any other commercial purpose.

Members Only Security.

Every FGGMN member is responsible for maintaining the security of the password protected members only area and may not provide the password to non-members. Members must immediately notify FGGMn of any unauthorized access or any other breaches of security. FGGMn will not be liable for any acts or omission including any damages of any kind incurred as a result of such acts or omissions.

Content Submission.

Members may submit proposed content to the site editor. FGGMN reserves the right to reject any submission not relevant to its purpose or that it believes, in its sole discretion, is illegal, obscene, indecent, defamatory, incites racial or ethnic hatred or violates the rights of others, or is otherwise inappropriate. Members submitting proposed content represent and warrant that they have the right to do so have obtained any necessary third party consents (e.g., under privacy or intellectual property laws). Members submitting proposed content on
behalf of a group, organization or business entity represent and warrant they have the right to do so and have obtained any consents from the group, organization or business. Members agree they will be liable to FGGMN and indemnify it for any loss or damage it suffers as a result of their breach of the foregoing warranties.

Other Member-Provided Content.

Content submitted directly by members to any message boards or community forums hosted on the site will not be routinely previewed or monitored by FGGMN. While FGGMN accepts no liability
or responsibility for such content, including its accuracy, it reserves the right to act expeditiously to remove or disable access to member-provided content it believes violates any portion of this Agreement.
Members acknowledge and agree that FGGMN may preserve all Member-Provided Content and may disclose any Member-Provided Content (including its origin) if it believes it is required to do so by law or that such preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (a) comply with legal process or governmental requests; (b) enforce the Agreement; (c) respond to claims that any Content violates the rights of third parties; or (d) protect the rights, property, or safety of the Websites, the Users, or the public.

Non-member Provided Content.

All information included in messages sent to FGGMN by non-members is nonmember provided content for the purposes of this Agreement. FGGMN does not provide personal research services and users should refrain from using a Contact Us email address to request such services. By submitting content in a message to FGGMN, you warrant you have the right to do so and have obtained any necessary third party consents.


FGGMn.org contains links to other websites that it believes will be of interest to members and the general public. These sites are not maintained or controlled by FGGMN and we are not responsible for their content.  Although we have made a good faith effort to link only to appropriate sites, if you find material that is inappropriate
or objectionable on a site to which a link is provided, please notify us immediately. FGGMN believes that those who make information available on the Internet expect that it will be publicly and widely available. Therefore, linking to other sites is consistent with the expectations of those who use the Internet; however, if access to a particular site should be restricted, the operator of that site should promptly notify us.

Liability Disclaimer.

The information or content included on the fggmn.org site may include inaccuracies or typographical errors. Changes are periodically made to the information herein. FGGMN provides all content "AS IS", and without any warranty of any kind. FGGMN makes no representations concerning the suitability, reliability or accuracy of the content or the service provided on fggmn.org for any purpose. We disclaim all warranties, expressed or implied, in connection with the content and the services provided. In no case will we be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, special or other damages including, without limitation, lost or delay of use, lost profits, loss of data or any other damage in contract, tort, equity or any other legal theory, even if advised of the possibility thereof.


All material on this site and any linked site is provided "As Is" and without warranties of any kind, express or implied. We disclaim all warranties, express or implied, to the fullest extent permissible by law. We do not warrant that the functions on this site will be uninterrupted or problem free, that errors will be corrected or that this site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or other damaging materials. You assume total responsibility and risk for your use of the site and protecting the security of the device with which you connect to it.


This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance Minnesota state law. If any provision of this Agreement is found to be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from this Agreement and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

FGGMN Executive Board Website Terms of Use Policy