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Questions tagged [privacy]

Questions related to ensuring that the privacy of living individuals and potentially-sensitive information is preserved when collecting and publishing family history and genealogical data.

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Privacy concerns regarding online (web-based) genealogy software

I'm a bit conflicted about asking this question, but it has been bothering me so why not ask? I recently attended a genealogy workshop where the instructor said that he would NEVER use THE major ...
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How to help adoptee find her father without outing him?

I provide a lot of background, which may not all be essential. Feel free to skip to the question. Background I was contacted by a woman who got a 3rd cousin match with me online. She told me that ...
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Explaining risks when seeking DNA testing by cousin?

It has recently occurred to me that I have been in intermittent contact with a second cousin who shares my father Y-DNA (subject to any mutations in the last two generations, which should be slight). ...
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Balancing availability and privacy for family stories?

I would like to interview relatives about their lives and stories, and those of their ancestors and descendants, and I'd like to share these stories, but I want to strike a balance between what is ...
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Asking distant cousins for DNA?

In my family we have a DNA contradiction – two cousins (at about the 4th cousin level) took a Y-DNA test, but did not match and had two completely different haplogroups. Since then, I have traced ...
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Deleting information from Ancestry.com

If I upload an image to my family tree on Ancestry.com/.ca/.uk, etc. and someone shares/downloads it into their own tree - then if I later delete the image from my tree, does the other person still ...
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Is it crass to record cause of death? What about for suicide?

Most death records have a place where 'cause of death' is recorded. I have recently discovered that a number of my relatives committed suicide. It was always acknowledged that they died, but never ...
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When a genealogist decides to formally publish their years of family history research, are the privacy concerns the same as for online publication?

Specifically, are they allowed to include in the publication mention of family members that are living? Does this also apply to less formal print publications, such as binders created at family ...
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Are there any privacy issues regarding publishing the image of a grave marker online?

I know that some families have 'family plots' and cemeteries on private land, but there are so many cemeteries open to the public - Am I allowed to just take a photo of any tombstone and publish it ...
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What information should or can I publish to a web site?

My aunt has collected a pile of family history going way back. She asked me to help her get it in a form which we can share via the internet. I wrote a Silverlight app which works fine and is ...
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Dealing with family secrets?

How should I deal with a family secret that directly affects a full branch on the family tree? For example, there are two brothers, both married and both have kids. Brother A is the father of his ...