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Kate
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IMPORTANT -- Please Read
« on: January 15, 2009, 03:39:11 AM »
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This is Kate, your forum administrator. Due to the plague of gmail abusers who have been signing up for Gilliland Trails, I will no longer extend the courtesy of a confirmation when I spot a gmail address from a new member. Any registrations from gmail accounts will not be accepted, i.e., they will immediately be deleted and banned from any further attempts to register at Gilliland Trails.

I hate to do this but the situation, which I have repeatedly reported to google, has gotten so bad that I am having to deal with several illegitimate gmail registrations every day. Providing a safe, spam-free forum for our members is my top priority so this decision had to be made, though it is one I did not make lightly.

So if you're thinking of getting a gmail account, please do not use it as your email addy for this forum. In addition, I would be very wary of gmail in general, as google appears to have no control over or interest in controlling the abusers and spammers using their email service.

Also, I will remind anyone who signs up for Gilliland Trails and receives from me an email asking for verification of their interest in our forum, failure to reply to the confirmation notice will result in your registration being voided.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation in this matter.

-- Kate
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« Reply #1 on: December 2, 2009, 07:52:28 AM »
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I just wanted to reiterate that as the administrator for Gilliland Trails, I do check the registration of every new member to our list. After a while it is fairly easy to spot the usernames/email addresses of spammers, especially when they originate from gmail or overseas accounts.

If for any reason I suspect a new registration is bogus, I send out an email to that newbie, asking for confirmation that they are indeed interested in participating in our genealogy forum. If I do not receive a response, that ISP and email is banned from our forum. I will not tolerate spammers and the security of our forum is of paramount importance. To date I have had to ban some 200 illegitimate registrations, a number greater than the total number of people currently and legitimately registered to our group! Today I will be banning a few more new registrants who I suspected were spammers and who have not responded to my emails.

This is not to scare anyone, especially newcomers, who might think they are going to get banned -- like I stated, after a while it become fairly obvious which registrations are bogus. But if you are a newbie who has received an email from me asking to confirm your registration, PLEASE respond to that email because if you don't I'll assume your registration is not legitimate.

From time to time there have been some grumblings about the registration process for Gilliland Trails and having to sign in in order to participate. I hope I've illustrated for you why these few extra steps are important, not so much for me but for YOU, as a member of Gilliland Trails. As long as I'm administrator for this forum, it will be a top priority for me to provide a secure and safe place for all Gillilands to gather. 

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« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2013, 09:58:05 PM »
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Hey Kate,
I just wanted to let you know, I am a gmail user but I am not spam.  My name is Christie Michael Gilliland and I am very interested in trying to trace my family roots.  I hate that gmail is so lax in who they allow to use their service but again I am not spam.  I look forward to exploring this site!
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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2013, 07:22:48 AM »
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Thanks very much for the heads up, Christie. It really saves me a lot of headaches when our newbies check in with me to confirm their interest in our group.

Welcome to Gilliland Trails! 

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« Reply #4 on: January 5, 2014, 03:42:59 PM »
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Hi Kate!

I'm new to the forum and likely won't hang around much because my interest is very specific.  My last name is Stockdale and I know that many in your line are buried in Stockdale, Ohio.  Do you happen to know anything about the founding of the town?  How it got its name? Whether any Stockdale's are buried there?  Thanks!  Jack Stockdale
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« Reply #5 on: January 5, 2014, 04:24:55 PM »
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Hi Jack...

Actually, I believe I used to know the answer to your question about Stockdale but it's been so long and my brain is so stuffed full of research info that I just can't remember. I know the village used to be called California.

This is what I would recommend as probably the best place to answer any and all of your questions about Stockdale:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Beaver-Valley-Historical-Society/115923015102232?sk=app_2373072738

Good luck with your search!

-- Kate 
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« Reply #6 on: January 5, 2014, 05:35:29 PM »
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Thanks, Kate!  I appreciate your help.

Jack
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« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2014, 07:01:58 AM »
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Hi Kate!  thank you for this site, I think I will learn alot about my husband's side of the family!!!

Lisa
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« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2014, 05:02:52 PM »
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Hi Kate! Thanks for having me in this group. I hope my gmail is ok here but I will  set up a different one if needed. I am so excited about figuring out my ancestory. Thank you very much
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« Reply #9 on: January 8, 2017, 07:06:09 PM »
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I believe I'm using a gmail account. I can change if needed
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