Welcome to the
Smithson Family Exchange
The Smithson Family Exchange website publishes content made available from public files sources, independent research, and from web researchers like you. Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions related to this web site.
Make sure that you identify your documents and photographs to the best of your ability. List first and last names if possible, and for photographs don’t forget to include the order, i.e. left to right, first row, second row, etc., as well as date and location if possible. Our preferences of subjects are usually for those we are researching from our past, so often these are related documents or photographs of those deceased.
For photograph submission, if possible provide a digital or scanned image of the photo. When scanning please try and scan each photograph in the JPG file format as this compresses the file size and aids in publishing the photograph on the website.
If scanning the document or photograph in’t an option for you, please contact the website publisher at email@example.com via email to consider other options. The website and webmaster will not be held liable for postal or other delivery services outside our direct control that result in loss or damage if these are selected.
Publishing of the submitted document(s) or photograph(s) on the website is at the discretion of the webmaster.
Yes, if you value that the certainty of the subject(s) are Smithson’s, and
can offer some reasonable knowledge of that opinion to the webmaster.
Unfortunately, we cannot. The data available on this web site is intended for
your personal use in conducting your family or Smithson related research. However,
there are Smithson’s from around the world, many in the United States that may be
willing to share their data, and vice versa, with you. You may also request free
access to the ‘My Forum’ page on this website, or look at the ‘Smithson Genealogy
Research Tips’ web page to see how to join the Smithson related Forum on
There are professional genealogy research individuals and companies that do offer
these services based on their own designated fees.
Absolutely not. This website and its content are independently supported so the
data can be shared with everyone at no cost.
As this is website is maintained on an ‘as time permits’ basis for the webmaster,
depending on the items submitted and any additional correspondence and verification
required, it may be posted within a few days, or as long as up to two weeks.
The documentation or photographs will remain on the site indefinitely, unless you as
the originating submitter request it to be removed in writing, addressed to the
To save a digital copy for yourself, use your mouse and right click the document or
photograph and select ‘save as’ or ‘save picture as’, and select the location on your
PC’s hard drive where you would like to save the copy. You will then have the ability
to view or print the saved document or photograph as you do others like it on your
PC. Please remember, these items are intended for your personal use and are not
intended for commercial purposes and therefore explicitly restricted for this purpose.
Yes, these are included on the ‘ Submission Contacts’ page. For items submitted
the email address of the submitter is included next to their item(s) unless they have
requested not to list it on the website. For those items with an associated email,
simply click on their email link and use your own email application.
Yes. These are primarily photographs, and there are several from different countries.
We appreciate receiving these photographs to assist in the growth of the website and
as an aid for our researchers.
We like to keep our information as correct and current as possible. If you have
additional or updated information for an item that you originally submitted, and wish
to incorporate these changes, please email the
firstname.lastname@example.org with your change request.
Absolutely! Please email the email@example.com to make
arrangements and for the postal address. Make sure that you identify your
documents and photographs to the best of your ability. List first and last
names if possible, and for photographs don’t forget to include the order, i.e. left to
right, first row, second row, etc., as well as date and location if possible. We will add
them to the website as quickly as possible depending on the associated information