JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Publishing genealogies #general

Simon Tardell

Gnarlodious wrote:

I will soon be publishing my family's genealogy so it will be searchable by
Google. I do plan to remove personal information for living people, such as
birthdates. As a webmaster concerned with privacy this seems appropriate.

Am I on the right track here? As Yehuda said, I want to facilitate finding
ancestors to others searching online, as I am the first to ever catalogue
the family tree.
Names and family relations are also sensitive personal information.
Also, keep in mind that there are other people making list of jews, and
you don't want to give them a hand. You should definitely avoid
publishing any information (even names) of living people who haven't
explicitly given their permission.

As for the recently dead, a good rule of thumb is to consider the
privacy rules that different countries have for personal information.
Privacy laws are usually passed for a good reason... E.g. Lithuania has
a new law under which archive records are only released after 100 years.
Under Swedish laws, privacy considerations for paper archives lapse
after 70 years. Etc. In sensitive issues like these it is better to err
on the conservative side. If you exclude data on dead people >from the
last, lets say, seventy years you will still have a good chance that
Google will turn up something useful when your relative search for their
ancestors while providing a decent "cordon sanitaire" of privacy for the

The same considerations should apply to uploading family trees to FTJP.

Of course, if you restrict access only to family members, you can make
information available more readily.


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