Who we are
What personal data we collect and why we collect it
We collect information about visitors who comment via the Akismet anti-spam service. The information includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself).
If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.
Obviously, data that you provide on the Contact page will be provided to the site administrator.
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If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
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Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
The analytics package we use is self-hosted Matomo (formerly Piwik). The data is stored in our own database and not provided to any advertising entities.
Who we share your data with
At this time, there are no advertisers and no other sources with whom your data is knowingly shared. If you find that to be untrue, PLEASE contact us.
How long we retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
What rights you have over your data
If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
Where we send your data
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
First, this is a little site, with not much traffic, and will probably be that way forever. As such, it’s just not any kind of target for the bad guys to try to come steal information.
Second, I’m just as interested in staying private and safe as you are. Before I implement any feature I take into consideration how it impacts privacy and safety, for me, my users, and my data, and take defensive measures accordingly.
Third, nothing is perfect and this site is neither complete nor abandoned. So if you think there’s some risk to you and yours, PLEASE let me know and I’ll get on it.
That said, here are the steps I’ve taken to ensure our privacy…
Genealogy is the second most popular use for the internet (I heard that somewhere long ago, not sure if it’s true anymore or not, but the fact remains, genealogy is HUGE on the net). There’s just tons of data out there, much of it is wrong, and some of it just should NOT be published publicly.
Public, unregistered users can not see information about living people.
Visibility of living folk is going to be reserved for family members that I know personally.
FYI: Some facts about people aren’t even copied from my home computer up to the website, so they are a private as private can be. Genealogists tend to be the repository for tons of info (and we write it ALL down!) and have an obligation to respect the privacy of those folks we keep track of (living and dead). If you find something on this site that you’d rather stay private, please let me know and I’ll consider taking it out.
I do want the info here to be searchable so that relatives can find the site. I want keywords and location information included on the files so that we can all view this information in whatever way we want.
This means the information is exposed to search engines, and that’s not always a great thing.
I label people on photos by their full birth name. I’ll try to remember to anonymize the tags for living people, but can’t promise perfection. Again, please bring errors to my attention, I can’t fix what I don’t know about.
I’m not selling your data.
With genealogy and online photos and tagging and AI all only ever getting better and more coordinated, your info is out there. Don’t use information for passwords and security questions that could easily be found via these kinds of sites.
Just because the question is “what is your mother’s maiden name” doesn’t mean your answer has to be your mother’s maiden name.