The following are the policies for Lorelle in the Past Lane.


This site was written and edited by Lorelle VanFossen. For questions, please contact her. This site accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All advertising is in the form of advertisements generated by a third party ad network. Those advertisements will be identified as paid advertisements. The owner(s) of this site is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the site owners. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. This site does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest. The site is hosted on WordPress.com, a service supported and endorsed by Lorelle VanFossen. She is not compensated or paid in any way for hosting this site on WordPress.com.

Affiliate links may appear on this site in the posts and Pages. Currently, the only affiliate links are those associated with Amazon.com.

Unless otherwise indicated, all content, photographs, images, and designs used on the site are owned and copyrighted by Lorelle VanFossen or Brent VanFossen.

Lorelle loves sharing on social media, but beware crossing the line. Usage of content on the site follows the web standard of 10% or 400 words in the form of excerpts and blockquotes only, and no use of any copyrighted images without the express permission of Brent or Lorelle VanFossen.

This site features feeds and usage of the content within feed readers is permitted. No rights or authority is given to aggregators or scrappers to use feeds from this site for any reason without the express permission of the site owner.


The terms of use policy of this site is one that notes we are all humans and little humans create is perfect. We all make mistakes. If you spot one, please contact us to make corrections if possible. Be aware that no matter how hard we try, there may be omissions, errors, mistakes, and boo-boos along the journey in the past lane.

The views and opinions expressed on this site are those of the site owner and are not to be taken as legal or professional advice. While Lorelle is a leading expert in web publishing, social media, and WordPress, along with other web technologies, her reviews, statements, and tutorials on this site represent her experiences and opinions, expert but not professional advice. Accordingly, readers shall hold Lorelle VanFossen, Lorelle in the Past Lane, and all representatives and associates associated with this site free from harm and liable. If you are seeking professional genealogical advice, please contact a professional, certified, and experienced genealogist specializing in your area of inquiry.

Lorelle reserves the right to make changes in these policies and how this site is run at any time without notification.

Comments and Discussions

As designated by law, all comments and public discussions on this site are content, and the responsibility for the content lies with the commenter, not the site owner. That said, it is the responsibility of the site owner to ensure that the site stays fairly family friendly and that all cussing and swearing and inappropriate usage of rude, crude, and socially unacceptable language is produced by the site’s owner, author, and guests, usually while battling some form of technology like hanging upside down over a printer to replace the damn printer cartridge. That said, Lorelle and her representatives have the right to edit, delete, spam, or blast to hell any comment or discussion point on this site that doesn’t meet with the semi-family-friend guidelines we’ve just established.

Lorelle lives on social media by the “sandbox rule” developed by her friend, Liz Strauss. If you don’t play nice in the sandbox, you’re out of the sandbox.


Lorelle does not collect email addresses or other information from visitors, whether they opt in to provide that information via comments or contact forms or other methods without the explicit permission of the individual through the use of a newsletter subscription or other subscription or notification method. This information is not shared nor sold.

This site and WordPress.com use third-party advertising companies that may serve ads during your visit. These sites may use aggregated information (not your personal information or data) about your visit to provide profiled advertisements. For more information on this standard web practice, please visit the Networking Advertising Group.

This site is hosted by WordPress.com, thus web analytics and statistics are gathered from visitors as they pass through the site. This information collected may include the technological devices you used to access this site, referral links and sites, your IP address, and other general web traffic data. This information helps WordPress.com and the site owner to better meet the needs of its visitors.