Scam Email to GeneaBloggers’ Members from Jamie Smith at – DISREGARD

Disregard any email about privacy policies from Jamie Smith at - it is a scam.

WARNING: As a member of GeneaBloggers you may have received an UNSOLICITED email from a “Jamie Smith” at stating ACTION REQUIRED related to a lack of a privacy policy on your blog. This is not only SPAM but also a marketing SCAM which I will explain below.

Spam Email from about Privacy Policy

Imagine that I have steam coming out of my head right now since I’ve had to interrupt my vacation to deal with a spammer/scammer. I have had to respond to NO LESS THAN 30 EMAILS OR MESSAGES related to this issue. I’m so sorry that many members of GeneaBloggers were bombarded with the following email today:

From: “Jamie Smith” <>
Date: May 18, 2015 10:11 AM
Subject: Action Required: ___________ Needs A Strong Privacy Policy
To: <____________>

Hi __________,

I recently visited your site from GeneaBloggers’ list of top Genealogy blogs, and I noticed that it does not feature a well-written privacy policy. I am a part of the team, a young startup dedicated to creating personal and legal templates that are customizable, easy to use and highly professional, and I wanted to let you know we can create a customized privacy policy for your site at absolutely no cost.

As an example of our work, check out the privacy policy we created for Saveur Magazine’s Best Cooking Blog of 2013, Not Without Salt:

We’re making this process completely free for you, because, as a small startup, we understand the difficulty of finding quality free resources to help manage and maintain a website.

Setting up your privacy policy is simple: just reply to this email with the preferred name and email address of your organization and we will send you a customized privacy policy that you can post on your website ASAP. Please do not hesitate to set up a phone call if you would like to further discuss privacy policies or how FormSwift can assist your website.



__________Jamie Smith


GeneaBloggers Does Not Sanction or Its Sleazy Marketing Practices

I want to reassure the members of GeneaBloggers – a group that I have worked hard to build over the past six years – that I have no involvement with and was unaware of this marketing tactic until this afternoon. I have not provided a list of blogs, blog owners or email addresses to at any time. In fact, I never sell or give away my list of emails of members of GeneaBloggers.  See below for our privacy policy here at GeneaBloggers and how you can get your own for FREE.

Why Do Sleazy Websites like Do This?

Here’s the reason: they basically want you to provide a link to their website in order to build their Google Page Rank and improve their SEO (search engine optimization). If you look closely at the sample privacy policy to which they refer in the email, it has a link back to

Is it illegal? No. Is it immoral? Some would say that is isn’t immoral, but LAZY. Rather than work hard and build a community – a tribe – like GeneaBloggers (which requires time, resources and money), they’d rather mooch off of my work and your work. Don’t fall for what looks like a “gift” of a free privacy policy.

FREE Privacy Policy for Bloggers from GeneaBloggers

Do you want a privacy policy like this one at GeneaBloggers? You have my permission to use it – for FREE.  No hoops to jump through. No spam emails. Nothing to buy or sign up for. No worries, no hassle and no Jamie Smith.

Report to the Federal Trade Commission for Spam Emails

What is doing is ILLEGAL and contrary to the various spam email laws here in the United States. They also want you to believe that somehow I’ve approved their actions. You can FORWARD the email from Jamie Smith to and state that it is unsolicited spam OR use this link here to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

©2015, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.



New Category: LDS Blogs

New at GeneaBloggers

Over the past few months, I’ve received several inquiries as to “who are the LDS bloggers who blog about genealogy?” Believe it or not, I know most of these bloggers, but that info has always been stored in my head . . . and lately my retrieval skills have not been the greatest.

I’ve created a new category in the Genealogy Blog Roll – LDS Church – for those bloggers who’ve identified themselves as LDS church members or who blog about their genealogy as it is related to the LDS church. (Note: I had to use “LDS Church” since using just “LDS” picked up other blogs ending in “lds” with work like “fields” etc.)

I’ve started to add a few blogs after contacting the bloggers via email, but the process would be much easier if those who want to be designated as LDS blogs would email me at and send me the name of your blog(s) and the URLs for those blogs.


©2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

GeneaBloggers Named a Social Media Maverick for 2014

Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow

We’re proud to announce that GeneaBloggers has been name one of 40 Social Media Mavericks for 2014 by Family Tree Magazine! We are honored by this recognition and we thank all our followers and supporters who help engage in a vibrant online dialog about genealogy and family history.

In her article in the March/April 2014 issue, Lisa Louise Cooke reviews a variety of social media platforms including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube. In the past, Family Tree Magazine has produced a “40 Best Genealogy Blogs” article, but this year it has recognized the growing influence of other social media platforms besides blogging with its “mavericks” list.

Congratulations are also in order to all of the “mavericks” mentioned, many of whom are members of GeneaBloggers through their blogs. Please take time to review the article and visit each site and platform.

You can also follow GeneaBloggers on the follow social media platforms:

©2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee