The primary objective in genealogy is to identify all ancestors and descendants in a particular family tree and to collect personal data on them. As a minimum, this data includes the individual's name and the date/location of birth, marriage, and death. In order to support research by other genealogists, this data is often published on internet genealogy websites.
Most of us would prefer not to have to worry about our personal data but, in this day and age, we must use caution to prevent misuse of the information. Identity theft and credit fraud are the worst problems. There is concern that information distributed to distant relatives or put on a genealogy websites makes it easier for unscrupulous individuals to commit invasions of privacy or other frauds. However, the personal information that the identity thieves and credit fraud perpetrators want are full names, social security numbers, dates and places of birth, current occupation/employment data, and bank/credit card account numbers. One or two facts alone (e.g., your name and/or your mother's maiden name) are not enough information to cause damage.
Names and Relationships
Many genealogy programs can suppress the names of living individuals and substitute "living" or "still living". I designed this website so it does suppress the names of living individuals. If you are aware that someone is living and their name is shown here, please let me know, so I can remedy the situation.
Note: Only members who have a login and are logged in to the site will be able to view living individual information. This will sometimes be restricted to only their branch of their family.Back to Index
Photographs of living individuals are considered personal data and are normally suppressed. However, if the individual so chooses, a photograph can be tagged as "always visible". Before any photograph can be included in this website, permission is obtained from the owner of a photograph. Where, for any reason, all reasonable steps have been exhausted and the original owner cannot be found or contacted, any legitimate objection to the display of the photograph will result in immediate removal from the site until such objection can be addressed. Permission is also obtained from living individuals in a photograph if ...
The statements, "Photo Courtesy of.." and/or "Used with Permission" (or similar), combined with the owner's name, identifies compliance with these requirements.Back to Index
Personal Data Suppression
To ensure the privacy of living individuals, our internet genealogy website always suppresses the personal data of living individuals from viewing by the general public. Personal data includes, but is not limited to, birth/marriage dates/locations, photographs, notes, and biographies. Note: If a relative does not want their personal data to reside in a website server database in spite of password protection, that individual and linked descendants cannot be accommodated by the security program. They will reluctantly have to be completely excluded from the website.Back to Index
Personal Data Access
Your access may, in some circumstances, be restricted to:
Note: To see the personal data of a spouse's family branch, married users may have to log in with their spouse's user name and password. If any family branch individual does not want their suppressed personal data accessed, the security design allows a "lock" to be put on their data. This does, however, preclude registration of that individual. Spouse's may need an ID to access their family line and, if spouses are not comfortable in using each other's ID's then, a user may need to request a 2nd ID in order to be able to view their spouse's living cousins. If you consider using your spouse's user ID a security violation, please request a second login account that will be restricted to your spouse's family.Back to Index
Personal Data Security
Personal information collected by me in trust (email/street addresses, phone numbers, etc.) or as a result of an application for membership, a suggestion/comment, or from our visitors guestbook, will not be divulged to any person or entity for any purpose whatsoever unless we are legally bound to prevent or detect a crime. You should be aware, however, that much of this information is already in the public domain and may be readily available to others using internet search engines (e.g., Yahoo People Search, Google.com, Birthday.com, etc.).Back to Index
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