Privacy Policy – Genealogy

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to research, document, and report the genealogy and family history of the family of Frank & Jesse James, their related families, plus their relevant social communities.

What we learn, we make available for informational, educational, and entertainment purposes. We invite collaboration.

GENEALOGY

The genealogy data we collect consists principally of names, dates, and locations of births, deaths, and marriages of related individuals both living and dead. We also collect data in multiple subsets of information, such as burials, adoptions, migrations, etc.

We identify source evidence for the core genealogy of the James family in order to document a substantive, all-encompassing, and authoritative genealogy, always openly available for individual consultation or peer review.

FAMILY HISTORY

The family history we collect and preserve includes stories, biography, photos, and documents. While core genealogy data acts as the skeleton of what we collect, the family history we collect puts flesh on the bones, allowing the long deceased to provide meaning and relevance for today’s living descendants and relations.

We actively challenge family claimants, to either prove or disprove claims. We also debunk charlatans, fraudsters, and con artists, especially relating to falsely claimed relationships or family artifacts.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Our belief is that genealogy and family history exists for the benefit of the living. Genealogy and family history are of no benefit to the dead, other than to perpetuate an existence once known to have lived. To this extent, all our effort is dedicated to serving knowledge, understanding, and meaning for those living today and those who may follow.

 By combining our research of genealogy and family history, we seek to know, quantify, and identify the known and proven genetic identity of the James family that we share. In addition to our shared physical characteristics, we also seek to identify our commonly shared character, personalities, common motivations, and very soul.

OUR DIFFERENCE

Stray Leaves’ philosophy differs fundamentally from those who advocate for the privatization of public information of living persons.

 Stray Leaves understands the issue of privacy related to living individuals who do not want any information whatsoever published about themselves or others in their family.

However, genealogy content appearing in Stray Leaves is public information which appears in the public record or in documented sources. This genealogy content can be accessed and obtained elsewhere.

PUBLIC INFORMATION IS NOT PRIVATE INFORMATION

Those who seek to protect their individual sense of privacy, while denying access to public information by others, advocate a position of privacy which cannot be supported or defended under current law. Such concerns are more aptly addressed to legislators. Government, not individuals, determines what information is private and what information is public.

Stray Leaves reserves it right to publish public information. Stray Leaves also reserves its right to make editorial choices in the conduct of its activity.

COLLABORATION BENEFITING ALL

One cornerstone of Stray Leaves is to produce content based upon a voluntary and collaborative effort of itself with others in a spirit of sharing and open transparency.

Genealogy and family history continues to be the backbone of our efforts. Over 200 genealogy researchers have contributed to our success. Their contribution has made it easier for the James family itself to break 130 years of self- imposed silence to make contributions of their own. The same effort has found long-lost relatives. Adoptees have found birth parents. Families have been reunited. Descendants learn of the ancestry they never knew, or perhaps never understood. Everyone benefits. As life continues, there is much more shared family to discover. No one person can do it alone.

Stray Leaves continues to encourage the voluntary and collaborative efforts that have contributed to its success. Doing so, Stray Leaves continues to advocate for the open and public dissemination of genealogical data deemed by law to be public information.

STRAY LEAVES

211 Wilderness Rd.

Danville, KY 40422

ericjames@ericjames.org

This privacy policy is effective May 24, 2018.

For more about our personal information policy, see also PRIVACY-GDPR (EU) and TERMS OF USE.

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Thursday September 24th, 2020

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WELCOME NEWS. Regarding our recent genealogy discovery of our James family lines of Choctaw & Chickasaw lineage, now comes news that the Choctaw & Chickasaw Nations are now displayed on Google Maps.The Choctaw Nation's reservation boundaries are now mapped on Google Maps! This will make it easier for people to search and view our reservation boundaries with just a few clicks. Check out our reservation on Google Maps at the following link >> bit.ly/363xszw. ... See MoreSee Less

WELCOME NEWS. Regarding our recent genealogy discovery of our James family lines of Choctaw & Chickasaw lineage, now comes news that the Choctaw & Chickasaw Nations are now displayed on Google Maps.

Friday August 21st, 2020

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WHY STRAY LEAVES NEVER WILL RUN OUT OF STORIES...The ancestry of many people in SL's genealogy database can be traced back to 99 generations. Some, even more. Imagine the bounty of stories yet to be discovered, yet to be told. ... See MoreSee Less

WHY STRAY LEAVES NEVER WILL RUN OUT OF STORIES...The ancestry of many people in SLs genealogy database can be traced back to 99 generations. Some, even more. Imagine the bounty of stories yet to be discovered, yet to be told.

Tuesday August 18th, 2020

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Covid 19 testing is underway at Vassie James' Pembroke Hill School! ... See MoreSee Less

Thursday August 13th, 2020

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Color restoration to images originally created in black and white is a current fashion in genealogy circles. Oddly, the current rage is not producing the brouhaha that arose decades ago when Ted Turner purchased MGM Studios and began a program of colorizing old black and white movies. The most outrage surfaced when Turner colorized the film Gone with the Wind. Historians argued that colorization was a violation of artistic intent.
Today, artistic intent is not a consideration when it comes to old family photos, although the argument certainly would apply to such art images as those made by famed Yosemite photographer Ansel Adams. If anything, colorization appears to increase the authenticity of a family photo, as shown in the image below of the family of Nicholas Knaff & Theresa Tholl, taken as their son Aloysius departs for World War I. The richness of post-Edwardian color produces a vivacity in the image that was not evident or even present in the original and same black and white image.
For the James descendants of Anna Emalen Knaff, standing at the right end of the second row, the dimension of color restores the warmth she was known to possess and project.
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Color restoration to images originally created in black and white is a current fashion in genealogy circles. Oddly, the current rage is not producing the brouhaha that arose decades ago when Ted Turner purchased MGM Studios and began a program of colorizing old black and white movies. The most outrage surfaced when Turner colorized the film Gone with the Wind. Historians argued that colorization was a violation of artistic intent. 
Today, artistic intent is not a consideration when it comes to old family photos, although the argument certainly would apply to such art images as those made by famed Yosemite photographer Ansel Adams. If anything, colorization appears to increase the authenticity of a family photo, as shown in the image below of the family of Nicholas Knaff & Theresa Tholl, taken as their son Aloysius departs for World War I. The richness of post-Edwardian color produces a vivacity in the image that was not evident or even present in the original and same black and white image. 
For the James descendants of Anna Emalen Knaff, standing at the right end of the second row, the dimension of color restores the warmth she was known to possess and project.

Wednesday August 12th, 2020

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J. Mark Beamis makes his 14th triple platelets donation of 2020. Mark is a great-grandson of Drury Woodson James & son of Joan Malley Beamis, author of Background of a Bandit.

Platelets are cells that help blood clot and support the immune system. During a platelet donation, you give up to six times the amount of platelets contained in a whole blood donation, and your fluids, plasma, and red cells are returned to your body. Not only do platelet donors provide more of the life-saving platelets patients need, they also help limit how many donors a patient is exposed to.

Donated platelets have a shelf-life of 5 days. Platelet donors are constantly needed, especially on weekends and during holidays, to keep the supply stable.

Blood types most needed: A+, A-, B+, B-, AB+, AB-
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J. Mark Beamis makes his 14th triple platelets donation of 2020. Mark is a great-grandson of Drury Woodson James & son of Joan Malley Beamis, author of Background of a Bandit.

Platelets are cells that help blood clot and support the immune system. During a platelet donation, you give up to six times the amount of platelets contained in a whole blood donation, and your fluids, plasma, and red cells are returned to your body. Not only do platelet donors provide more of the life-saving platelets patients need, they also help limit how many donors a patient is exposed to.

Donated platelets have a shelf-life of 5 days. Platelet donors are constantly needed, especially on weekends and during holidays, to keep the supply stable. 

Blood types most needed: A+, A-, B+, B-, AB+, AB-
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