Your privacy online is extremely important to us.

This Statement of Privacy applies to (Welsh of Harpers Ferry) and governs data collection and usage. For the purposes of this Privacy Policy, all references to Welsh of Harpers Ferry include

The Welsh of Harpers Ferry is a genealogical and local history website pertaining to the Welsh and connected families of the Harpers Ferry, West Virginia area. By using the Welsh of Harpers Ferry website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.


Collection of Your Personal Information

If you contact us through the various methods located throughout The Welsh of Harpers Ferry, we may collect personally identifiable information, such as your:

  • First and Last Name
  • E-mail Address
  • Website Address

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose identifiable information or personally sensitive data through the Welsh of Harpers Ferry's public message boards (such as leaving a comment on an article), this information may be collected and used by others and is beyond our control.

We do not collect any personal information about you unless you voluntarily provide it to us. However, you may be required to provide certain personal information to us when you elect to use certain features available on the Site. These may include:

  • (a) registering for an account on our Site;
  • (b) entering a sweepstakes or contest sponsored by us or one of our partners;
  • (c) signing up for special offers from selected third parties;
  • (d) sending us an email message. To wit, we will use your information for, but not limited to, communicating with you in relation to your requests;
  • (e) contributing material to the Welsh of Harpers Ferry's public website.

We may also gather additional personal or non-personal information in the future.


Use of Your Personal Information

The Welsh of Harpers Ferry collects and uses your personal information to operate its website and deliver upon the communication or research that you have requested.

The Welsh of Harpers Ferry may also use your personally identifiable information to inform you of products or services available from our affiliates, when we have reasonable belief that you may have interest in them.


Sharing Information with Third Parties

The Welsh of Harpers Ferry does not, and will never, sell, rent, or lease its subscriber lists, communication logs, or other visitor information to third parties.

We may share data with trusted partners to help perform statistical analysis, detect spam, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to Welsh of Harpers Ferry, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

The Welsh of Harpers Ferry may disclose your personal information, without notice, if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:

  • (a) confirm to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on The Welsh of Harpers Ferry or the website;
  • (b) protect and defend the rights or property of The Welsh of Harpers Ferry; and/or
  • (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of The Welsh of Harpers Ferry, its writers, or the public.


Tracking User Behavior

The Welsh of Harpers Ferry may keep track of the websites and pages our users visit within our own website, in order to determine what pages and information on the Site is the most popular or relevant. This data is used to deliver customized content, advertising, and better research within The Welsh of Harpers Ferry to users whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.


Automatically Collected Information

Information about your computer hardware and software may be automatically collected by The Welsh of Harpers Ferry. This information may include:

  • your IP address,
  • browser type,
  • URL's of visited pages and access times,
  • referring website addresses.

This information is used for the operation of the Site, to maintain quality of service, and provide general statistics regarding the use of The Welsh of Harpers Ferry's website to help us better serve you and other visitors and researchers.


Use of Cookies

The Welsh of Harpers Ferry website and third-parties may use "cookies" to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned yo you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web sever that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize The Welsh of Harpers Ferry pages, or register with The Welsh of Harpers Ferry site, a cookie helps The Welsh of Harpers Ferry to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as your name and email address. When you return to the same Welsh of Harpers Ferry website, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the features that you customized.

Third-party companies who provide The Welsh of Harpers Ferry a service may also use cookies on the site, such as Google Analytics for statistical information of our visitors, or Amazon Associates, to determine which website you were referred to Amazon by.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can modify your web browser settings to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of The Welsh of Harpers Ferry or other websites that you visit.



This website contains links to other websites around the web. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of other such sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.


Security of Your Personal Information

The Welsh of Harpers Ferry secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. We use the SSL Protocol for this purpose.

When personal information is transmitted to other websites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol, active on this Site.

We strive to take appropriate security measures to protect against unauthorized access or alteration of your personal information. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, you acknowledge that:

  • (a) there are security and privacy limitations inherent to the Internet which are beyond our control; and
  • (b) security, integrity, and privacy of any and all information and data exchanges between you and us through this Site cannot be explicitly guaranteed.

Please note that any information that you submit to the public-facing website (e.g. when you leave a comment on an article or submit a contribution) is visible to the public. For this reason, please avoid publicly posting any personal information that you wish remain private. If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.



Your Personal Data Rights

If you have created an account on the Welsh of Harpers Ferry website, left a comment on an article, submitted an inquiry through our contact form, or submitted a contribution to the website, you have the right to request the any of your personally identifiable information that we have in our possession.

Upon written request, we are able to email you an exported file containing any personally identifiable data about you that has been collected by the Welsh of Harpers Ferry website. 

You can also request in writing that we erase any of your personal data that we may hold about you with the exception of data that we are obligated to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

    In order to make such a request, please email directly or submit your request through our contact form.


    Living Relatives

    While we do conduct research on our living relatives, this research is never knowingly published on The Welsh of Harpers Ferry without express consent of the living individual.

    In order for us to publish information on an individual for whom we do not have evidence of a death, the person must have been born over 90 years ago. In the case of distant relations, we may wrongfully believe a person to be deceased. If you find information on The Welsh of Harpers Ferry on yourself or an individual known to be living, please contact us immediately for removal.


    Children Under Thirteen

    The Welsh of Harpers Ferry does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen. If you are under the age of thirteen, you must ask your parent or guardian for permission to use this website.


    E-mail Communications

    From time to time, the Welsh of Harpers Ferry may contact you via email for the purpose of providing announcements, promotional offers, alerts, surveys, further research information, and/or other general communication.

    We will only contact you via email if it required to reply to an inquiry you have sent us, or if you have otherwise opted-in to receive newsletter type updates from us. You are able to unsubscribe from our mailing list at any time simply by clicking the "unsubscribe" button at the bottom of any of our emails.


    Changes to This Statement

    The Welsh of Harpers Ferry reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify you about significant changes in the way we treat personal information by sending a notice to any email addresses that we have collected through the various means on the site, by placing a prominent notice on our site, and/or by updating any privacy information on this page. Your continued use of the Site and/or Services available through this Site after such modifications will constitute your:

    • (a) acknowledgement of the modified Privacy Policy; and
    • (b) agreement to abide and be bound by that policy.


    Contact Information

    The Welsh of Harpers Ferry is published by Kaila A. Welsh-Lamp.

    Kaila can be contacted at or by using our contact form here.

    Effective as of April 3, 2018

    Last modified May 27, 2023