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Our tiny, non-commercial family site has all the pages changed to our new title. It also contains a link to WHY we had to change it. I did searches with dozens of major and not-so-major search engines and got not one hit on our site using the search term "geneology gateway." I have a friend who's been through 3 failed's in the past year, so I can vaguely understand why you feel so threatened by such a large non-threat that has less than 10,000 hits on it's home page since it's inception so many years ago.

It would be selfish of me to allow my personal disgust to direct you NOT to provide a link to our website since it's not about me, it's about generously sharing the decades of hard work of many researchers who've contributed so much to our group. I did check out your website in a cursory manner and it does look like something of value to the genealogy community.

I don't know what your editorial staff could have to say about our site since it so very limited in scope and our main lines of research are Smith and Adams, two very common names.

Stephanie Adams

----- Original Message -----
From: Genguide
To: Stef & David Adams
Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2001 6:34 PM
Subject: Re: trademark

Stephanie -

Thank you for your reconsideration. Please advise me of the date that the correction is completed.

If you would like, I will be pleased to personally direct our IS department to provide your family website with a high visability listing on one of our high traffic sites and also, to direct our editorial staff to include a special article on your family genealogy in the next issue of the Genealogy Newsletter. Please let me know if and how you would prefer your site to be recognized in the newsletter text and links.

Best regards,




I've had some time to think about it and do some research. Since you insist on being a bully about this tiny little website that is no threat to your consumer's ability to "be sure that they are getting the particular goods or services that have come to be associated with a certain seller", I will redo our title and cite you as the reason. I did searches with dozens of search engines and found that our website never comes up on a search for Genealogy Gateway. Your business must be in really bad shape for you to feel threat from our family site.

I will post this series of messages from my website so the other researchers associated with it know what kind of an organization you are.

Stephanie Adams


Stef & David -

As I said, I am not trying to be a tough guy here. I am merely protecting property, which I must, which is the use of the term Genealogy Gateway, even if it falls within a concoction of other words. The theme and usage is the same. That is the threat. It would be the same thing as if you called it "Our Coca Cola Website". The Coca Cola folks would eventaully find out and kindly request you remove the wording. Then if not, they would purse a remedy. As I must.

Prior to establishing it, we performed an extensive search in 1995 and before, of all website sites or commerical names to determine if the useage occurred any where nd it did not. We then trademarked it. It is that simple. We then follow-up each year to determine where usage occurs.

If I must pursue this then, I will.

Sorry to sound so difficult, but it is not my choice.

Best regards in your family research,

Steve. Genealogy Gateway (tm)
----- Original Message -----
From: Stef & David Adams
Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2001 7:49 PM
Subject: Re: trademark


Our little family website has been out there for many, many years. I'm sure I can send a note out to all the associated researchers and find someone who has printouts with the system date on them that date back to at least to 1995, if not earlier. The title is actually, Our Genealogy Gateway to the Past, which is not the same as yours, any more than listing my maiden name, SMITH, is any threat to a trademark that includes that name. The title area is a graphic so I was surprised you could even search and find it, but after investigation I found that when I put the search engine on a couple of years ago, the description uses the title of our site in hidden code. I will be happy to edit that portion of the website so that searches for your site do not waste people's time.

Mine is not a commercial site. It is there for the purpose of sharing the work of many researchers amongst ourselves and our families. It is no threat to your "trade." I'd be happy to put a disclaimer at the top of the page to direct people to your site, but I see no need to change the title and graphic that it has had for so many years. We aren't looking to direct any traffic to our site since it is of such limited scope and has no links to genealogy resources in general.

Sorry to put you through the trouble of making an official complaint, but I think your claim is way out of line.

Stephanie Adams

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2001 1:27 PM
Subject: trademark

Hi Folks -

I do not want to sound like a jerk but I do have to defend my trademarks on-line. On your genealogy page at, you entitled it with the words Genealogy Gateway. That is my Trademark and you are infringing upon it with your title. I have used the term exclusively since 1995 and have successfully defended it many times around the net.

If you are not cooperative, then I will be reluctantly forced to file an official complaint with appropriate parties. But I would prefer not to have to do that.

If you will change it to something much less infringing within the next week or so, then we can be friends and just forget it ever happened. Please notify me directly when you have the change completed and on-line. If you wish, I can offer you a nice listing somewhere on my site to help direct some traffic your way to help to support your hobby, afert your title change is completed.

Best regards,


Steve Lacy
4413 Constitution Lane
Suite D
Marianna, FL 32447

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