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Here are some of the most Frequently Asked Question  about the O-High Alumni Association (sm) web site. The questions are not listed in any particular order. If you do not find the answer to your question listed here, write to: Webmaster@oberlin-high.org
Where/how did you get my name?  Why is/isn't my middle name listed?
Why isn't my married name listed? Why are names in (parentheses) or "quotes"?
Why isn't my name listed with my class? Who can have their name listed with a given class? 
What information do you collect on O-High Alumni? What is the O-High Alumni Association's connection with Oberlin City Schools, Oberlin High School or the Oberlin Board of Education? 
Who pays for the O-High Alumni  web site?  How much is spent on salaries?
How can I get an obituary added to the "In Memoriam" section?  Can you help me find a "missing" OHS classmate or the date/place of death for a deceased classmate?
Can you help me plan a Class Reunion? Do you have an email list for all registered OHS class members that I can use?

Where/how did you get my name? 
We obtained class lists and names from newspapers, graduation programs and members of the various classes. 
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Why is/isn't my middle name listed?
We try to list full names whenever possible, but are limited by the information available to us from newspapers, graduation programs other classmates.  If you wish to have your middle name added/removed, contact the Webmaster.
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Why isn't my married name listed? 
We list married names as we find them. We get them from newspapers articles, obituaries, class members and when a person registers and tells us.  If you wish to have your married name added/removed, contact the Webmaster.
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Why are names in parentheses or "quotes"?

Naming Conventions Used On O-High Alumni

In writing names on our class lists, we try to write them as each class member would write his or her own name when written out in full.  When we have the information, we use the following naming conventions for names posted to our class lists:

Example: (Mary) Jane “Janie” (Doe) (Smith) Jones

When a person has two or more given names and they normally go by other than the first given name, we put the first given name in parentheses (e.g., (Mary) Jane Doe normally goes by the name Jane).

Nicknames are put in quotation marks (e.g., Jane “Janie” Doe is nicknamed Janie).

If a woman is known to have been married, her maiden name is the first surname in parentheses after her given name(s), and her last married name is the last surname given.  Any other previous married names are placed in parenthesis between these two surnames in the order of the marriages (e.g., Jane (Doe) (Smith) (Wilson) Jones indicates that Jane Doe first married a Mr. Smith, then she married a Mr. Wilson, and then she married a Mr. Jones, her last marriage to the best of our knowledge).  Previous married names are sometimes not indicated, by request.  If married persons use a hyphenated surname, we use that convention. 

Names of deceased persons are placed in a black font, and the year of the person's birth and death are appended to the name if we know them.  If we are unsure of the year of birth, we estimate it based on either: 1) their graduation year and an assumed age of 18 at graduation or 2) their age at death.  Estimated dates are preceded by a “c.” for circa.  If we have posted an obituary for the person, we put the name and dates in bold black.  Their obituary can then be found on our In Memoriam Obituary pages. 

Please send any updates to the names on our class lists to the O-High Alumni webmaster.
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Why isn't my name listed with my class?
If your name was not published in the newspaper that we used, or you were not listed on the graduation program, your name might not be listed. Some people have completed requirements for graduation during the summer. Others may have finished on the "five" year program. Register with "your" class and we will add your name to the class page.  We will put you with the class in which you would like to be listed.
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Who can have their name listed with a given class? 
Anyone who feels part of that class and attended Oberlin High School (grades 9-12). We have listed people who have moved during their high school years but still feel a part of the class. We add their name if they register. 
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What information do you collect on O-High Alumni? 
O-High Alumni collects names, married names, e-mail addresses and obituaries.  We do not ask for addresses or telephone numbers. If this information is provided during registration, it is stored on the webmaster's personal computer, off-line, for possible use by a class reunion committee. We also collect information published in obituaries such as date of birth and date of death. Further information on our privacy policy is located here:   Privacy/Policy Statement
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What is the O-High Alumni Association's connection with Oberlin City Schools, Oberlin High School or the Oberlin Board of Education? 
Their is no official connection between O-High Alumni Association and the Oberlin City Schools, Oberlin High School or the Oberlin Board of Education. They are aware of our website and our support of Oberlin High School. We provide a link to the Oberlin City School's web site and they provide a reciprocal link to us. 
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Who pays for the operation of the O-High Alumni Association web site? 
The Class of 1960 has paid the majority of the operating costs of the O-High Alumni web site to date. This includes rental of server space and domain name registration. Other alumni and classes have made donations to the operating costs. A list of donors (with information on making donations) is posted here:
http://www.oberlin-high.org/sponsors.html.
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How much is spent on salaries?
Nothing! No one working on the O-High Alumni web site receives any monetary compensation for the work they do. We all do it for pleasure and as a service to our classmates. 
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How can I get an obituary added to the "In Memoriam" section? 
You may send an obituary to Bob.Oliphant@oberlin-high.org or by regular mail to: 
Robert W. Oliphant, 3 Robinson Road, Westford, MA 01886

Please include the newspaper citation (name, town and date) if you have it.
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Can you help me find a "missing" OHS classmate or the date/place of death for a deceased classmate?
We have provided a special page to help people find missing classmates.  Please see http://www.oberlin-high.org/findingclassmates.html.
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Can you help me plan a Class Reunion?
You will have to find one or more classmates who will take responsibility for planning and organizing the reunion.  We can help you locate classmates (see previous question) and publicize the reunion at http://www.oberlin-high.org/reunions.html and on the O-High Alumni Message Board. We can also put you in contact with experienced reunion advisors who have organized successful reunions for their own OHS classes.
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Do you have an email list for all registered OHS class member that I can use?
No!  We do not make the O-High Alumni email list available to anyone else.  If you want to contact all registered OHS alumni, we recommend that you use the O-High Alumni Message Board.  You can find email addresses for classmates who have registered with O-High Alumni on the class web pages.
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updated 18 May 03
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