You have entered the world of James Ford and his family.
I have spent a number of years researching and documenting the life of James Ford, his ancestors, and his family. In this venture, I have been assisted by a number of people to whom I offer my deepest thanks and appreciation. They are, Corrine Fordschmid, Margaret Kennedy, Lyn Heading, and Tim Ford.
I would also like to thank the many contributors to Facebook Millport Photos who share their beautiful photos of Millport and the surrounding scenery of Cumbrae. I have incorporated some of their material on this website.
The members of the Ballarat and District Genealogical Society Inc have also been a valued source of material and photographs to whom I owe a deep sense of gratitude.
Genealogical Proof Standard
I have followed the general rule for genealogists in adhering to the accepted ‘Genealogical Proof Standard’. This standard might be likened to what a reasonable person would accept as ‘proof’ given the material presented. Generally, I have outlined my reasons why I have reached the conclusions expressed on this site.
This ‘burden of proof’ extends to;
the exhaustive nature of the material,
the data has been adequately analysed,
conflicts and errors resolved or explained,
sources have been cited and where not reasons given,
the conclusions are reasonable.
I have faithfully therefore incorporated all relevant information that I have gleaned at the time of writing. The accuracy of the material herein presented is believed to be reliable at the time of writing. Where the matter does not fall under this ‘burden of proof’ I have outlined the reasons for my conclusions. Others may naturally make their own judgement on such matters.
While every effort has been made to trace and acknowledge the sources of the material accessed whilst undertaking this research, it is the case that much of the material and many of the photographs are simply not traceable. Inevitably, there will be instances where references are either inconclusive or broken.
Most reproductions and photographs used herein are beyond their 70-year copyright statutory limit or can be found readily within the public domain. Should some reference hitherto unknown to me be made available I will promptly acknowledge the source.
I have faithfully incorporated all relevant information that I have gleaned at the time of writing.
Commercial Genealogy Sites
It should be noted that I have not placed this material on any commercial genealogical website and I would ask that others also refrain from such temptation. Apart from the fact that I have found on commercial ancestry websites a substantial amount of material factually inaccurate, it is ethically questionable that such websites then charge others for access to information which technically does not belong to them and which is otherwise generally freely available or retrievable from national archives at a moderate cost. Checking the really really fine print somewhere, usually hidden at the extreme bottom of the home page you might find a clickable button titled ‘terms and condition’. Here is an example of what happens when you provide ancestral information to these sites;
… by submitting User Provided Content through any of the Services, you grant Ancestry a sublicensable, worldwide, royalty-free license to host, store, copy, publish, distribute, provide access to, create derivative works of, and otherwise use such User Provided Content to the extent and in the form or context we deem appropriate on or through any media or medium and with any technology or devices now known or hereafter developed or discovered. This includes the right for Ancestry to copy, display, and index your User Provided Content. Ancestry will own the indexes it creates.
(Underlining added) (Ancestry.com accessed 9 January 2020).
I am not a lawyer but the way I read these ‘terms and conditions’ pretty much confirms that such sites can do as they like with the information supplied by enthusiastic genealogists with apparent immunity from any copyright law.
Let it be noted, at no time I have given permission, fully or implied, supplied or permitted any material that appears on this website to any other commercial website to be used in such an arbitrary manner.
On the other hand, recognized Genealogical or Historical Societies and interested individuals are welcome to use the information either for their own use of for the use of their community citing appropriate acknowledgments where necessary.
Copyright and Fair Dealing
While fair dealing with the material herein supplied for genealogical, personal or family use is encouraged, strict copyright applies. Excerpts and links may be used by those interested in the genealogy of James Ford, his ancestors, his heirs or his children, or their heirs and their children, provided that full and clear credit is given to the author with appropriate and specific direction to the original sources.
Photos supplied by Corrine Fordschmid, Lyn Heading, John Ford, and Tim Ford remain their respective property.
Your questions and comments are welcome.
Copyright John Ford 2020