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  Our commitment to privacy

Your privacy is important. To better protect your privacy this page explains this site's online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. (See also How my system works.) To make this notice easy to find, there is a link to this page in the footer of every page on this site titled "Privacy".

  Information that is collected

The primary objective in genealogy is to identify all ancestors and descendants in a particular family tree and to collect information on them, referred to as genealogical information. This genealogical information includes:

  • An individual’s name
  • Parent’s names
  • The date/location of birth, marriage, and death
  • The date/location of "events" such as publicly available electoral roll registration, census returns, etc.
  • Media, including photographs, documents, newspaper clippings, etc.

This information may be collected directly from our members or may be obtained from publicly available documents, other genealogists, or other creditable sources.
In addition to genealogical information, the website servers automatically collect non-identifying and aggregate information, which refers to information your computer automatically provides to us and that cannot be tied back to you as a specific individual. Examples include referral data (the web sites you visited just before and just after our site), the pages viewed, time spent at our web site, and Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you access the Internet. For example, when you request a page from our site, our servers log your IP address to create aggregate reports on user demographics and traffic patterns and for purposes of system administration.

  Information that is not collected

The following are never collected:

  • Credit/Debit Card information
  • Other financial information

  Information that is not displayed

The following information may be in our records but is not displayed unless the person has given permission:

  • current address
  • phone number
  • email address

You can request that information that is not otherwise publicly available or is of a sensitive nature be marked "Private" (and not displayed).

  Access to our information

The web site is publicly available but all the information is not. Unregistered visitors and registered Guests cannot see any information about or media attached to living people who appear as "Living".
Registered users may be granted permission to view such information and media for people within their own branch only. No one can see items marked as Private - only the Administrator can see these.

  Living person display