Our Family Genealogy Pages

Discovering our American, Canadian and European Ancestors

Our Privacy Policy


The primary objective in genealogy is to identify 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.

As a genealogist, therefore, I may have collected much personal information on you and your family from a variety of sources. The privacy of this information is important to me and I assure you there is a privacy policy in place for Our Family Genealogy Pages website with which you will be satisfied.

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 registered family members who login to Our Family Genealogy Pages will be able to view living individual information.

Photographs

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 (U.S. Copyright Law). Permission is also obtained from living individuals in a photograph if,

  • they are identified in the caption/description or
  • they can be identified through deductive reasoning using names/relationships found elsewhere.

The statement "Used with Permission," "Photo by" or similar phrases along with the owner's name identifies compliance with these requirements.

Personal Data Suppression

To insure the privacy of living individuals, our internet genealogy website always suppress 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 can not be accommodated by the security program. They are reluctantly excluded from the website.

Family Member Registration

Personal data access is restricted to family members who must login to access the normally suppressed personal data of living individuals. You must first read the Our Family Genealogy Pages Privacy Policy (this document), agree with the Our Family Genealogy Pages Terms of Use, and register for a user account. When registering for your user account, you must indicate how you are related to our family. If you are not related, you will not be granted access.

Note: If any family member does not want his or her personal data accessed, the security design allows a "lock" to be put on their data..

Personal Data Security

Original data given to me in trust (personal information, e-mail/street addresses, phone numbers, etc.) is not provided to others unless your approval is first obtained. You should be aware, however, that most of this information is public domain and may be readily available to others using internet search engines (e.g., Yahoo People Search, Google.com, Birthday.com).