Palatines to America
German Genealogy Society
New Website Privacy Policy

1. Introduction

Palatines to America German Genealogy Society (PalAm) is a non-profit organization that exists to help its members and other genealogists with their research on their German-speaking immigrant ancestors. PalAm complies with all the laws of the United States of America. PalAm is committed to protecting your privacy. Our Website address is:

2. Personal Information We Collect

PalAm collects personal information, such as your name, e-mail address, address, and telephone number through its membership lists and databases. This information is supplied directly by members on a volunteer basis. You do not have to provide personal information to use publicly available portions of the PalAm Website.

3. Use of Personal Information

PalAm uses Personal Information collected only for performing normal business operations such as keeping you informed of PalAm benefits and events by email and postal mail, shipping products, and related accounting tasks (such as billing and collecting funds). PalAm does not sell or share information to any third parties. User personal information will only be used for approved PalAm business.

PalAm uses our members’ contact information to respond to inquiries, issue The Palatine Immigrant and The Palatine Patter, provide information or for other Society-related purposes. PalAm may provide information that we obtain from you with other members; however, this will be done only as required for sharing genealogical information or other information you may have provided to PalAm. We do not share any such information with third parties for commercial or other purposes.

If your membership lapses, we may retain your contact information in PalAm archives so that we may contact you in the future about information you have provided to us. Also, we may disclose your personal information if we believe that we are required to do so:

  • by law,
  • to comply with legal process or legitimate requests by the government, or
  • to protect the rights, property, or safety of the PalAm Website, databases, their users, or the public.

Cookies are data that a website transfers to an individual's computer for record keeping. They are a standard industry tool used by many websites that can facilitate a user's ongoing access to and use of a website. Cookies do not damage your computer systems or files.

The PalAm Website uses the information we collect when you make a comment, subscribe to receive blog posts by email, use the contact forms, surf the Website, or use certain other site features as follows:

  • To keep the website secure.
  • To respond to your requests.
  • To improve user experience.
  • To improve the website.

We record many of our meetings and classes, if the speaker has given us permission to do so. We only share the video by a secure video link through our direct email system or using our members-only webpage.

4. Wild Apricot Privacy Policy

The PalAm Website uses Wild Apricot as its Service Provider. The Wild Apricot Privacy Policy can be found at:

5. Protecting Your Information

PalAm is committed to protecting the security of your personal information. Through our Service Provider, security procedures and technologies are used to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. Personal information is stored on computer systems with limited access that are in controlled facilities. Highly confidential information (such as credit card numbers) is transmitted using a secure payment gateway.

6. Changes to Privacy Policy

The PalAm Website Privacy Policy may change from time to time at PalAm’s sole discretion. You will be notified by email when we change this Privacy Policy. Your use of the Website after any change in this Privacy Policy constitutes your acceptance of such change.

6. Compliance with GDPR

The European Union (EU) created the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to protect data belonging to EU citizens and residents. The PalAm Website is intended to be compliant with GDPR. It is not intended for individuals under the age of 18. PalAm requests that individuals under the age of 18 not provide personal information to the PalAm Website. If we learn that we have collected information from an individual under 18, we will take steps to delete the information as soon as possible.

7. Contact Information

If you need more information or have questions about the PalAm Website Privacy Policy, or want to exercise any of your rights over your information, please contact us by email:

PalAm Privacy Policy Approved 28 March 2023

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