Disclosure & Disclaimer

Disclosures and disclaimers. Sounds like a lot of legalese to me.But actually it’s not – it’s information I need to make sure you have. So here it is in plain English.

This combined disclosure and disclaimer policy is valid from September 7, 2011. Extreme Ancestry is a personal blog written and edited by yours truly, Karen Batchelor. For questions about this blog, please contact me at karen@extremeancestry.com.

FTC Guidelines require that I disclose all material connections that I have with any entity or product endorsed anywhere on this website. And that’s something you need to know because “material connections” include any affiliation with a company manufacturing or selling the product (including the receipt of free products). Failure to comply could expose me to personal liability for deceptive advertising under Title 15 U.S.C. § 45 – and who wants that!

Currently, the affiliate links you will see on my website are for the following companies who I have a “material connection” with:

  • 23andMe
  • Fold3
  • Flip-Pal

If you purchase a product through one of these links, I will receive a small commission that helps me keep this blog up and running.

On rare occasion, my blog may accept forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. This kind of compensation may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post will always be identified as paid or sponsored content.

From time to time, I may be compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though I may receive compensation for my posts or advertisements, I will always give my honest opinion, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. You can also expect me to make a well-placed rant or two, on occasion.

The views and opinions expressed here on Extreme Ancestry are purely those of blogger, Karen Batchelor – me, myself and I – unless otherwise noted. If I share any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service, please be sure to verify what I share with the manufacturer, provider or other party mentioned.

It is important for you to know that I do not represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any of the third-party information, content or advertisements contained on, distributed through, linked to, downloaded or accessed from any of the products or services mentioned on this website.

On Extreme Ancestry, I do not make any warranties, express or implied, of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or any other representations about the quality of any products, information or other materials displayed, purchased, or obtained by you as a result of an advertisement or any other information or offer you may see on this website.

If you rely on any information or materials, you do so at your own risk. Neither Extreme Ancestry and/or Karen Batchelor is  responsible or liable for any direct, indirect incidental, punitive or consequential damages of any kind with respect to the services, the materials and the products shared with readers on this website.

On a final note, Extreme Ancestry and Karen Batchelor have the right to make improvements to, or correct any error or omissions in any portion of the service and materials on this website or update the content without notice to the readers. Since I’m a died-in-the-wool edit freak, you can expect that I will be making tweaks to the existing content from time to time.

And now a word about intellectual property –


I have a deep respect for work created by others and I expect my readers to do the same. If I use someone else’s written content, photos or any other format, I will make sure to give them credit in my blog posts.

Likewise, material, both written and photographic on this website is the copyright of Karen Batchelor & Extreme Ancestry unless otherwise stated. Material on this site may be used for your personal reference only. If you wish to use any of the material on this site for commercial or other reasons, please contact Karen Batchelor for written permission.

OK – that’s all for the legal stuff. I’m glad you stopped by to visit and home you’ll continue to look around Extreme Ancestry while you’re here.