JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen RE: publishing online #general
Sarah L Meyer
I publish online and limit information on living people to name or name and
place only (depending on which of two original software programs created the
GEDCOM). Also upon request, I will change first names to "Living" and
eliminate place (if it is included). Once the request is made, it becomes
part of my instruction set for revising the GEDCOM before creating the
files. Everything is open and searchable. I do not use GENI, because I do
not want others taking ownership or changing my data. The beauty of this is
that cousins find me (and my husband), because they Google themselves.
I also encourage people to select a different question for privacy and have
pushed back many times at banks and other places, so that now almost every
place has a choice of questions >from "What is your pet's name?" to "Who was
your prom date?" or "What was the name of your elementary school?"
Between these two approaches, I am not concerned about creating an
opportunity for identity theft. However, I did have some family members who
were much more concerned about anti-Semitism and wished to be "Living". In
fact one of women is just "Mrs. Married Surname". I had to explain to
them, that this was sufficient because the surname involved is a much more
typical Catholic surname than a Jewish one.
Sarah L. M. Christiansen
Researching: PERLSTADT, KARMELEK, STOKFISZ, SZPILBAUM, ANKER, BIGOS, FROM,
FEINSILBER, WAGNER, GELBFISZ (all >from Poland) EDELBERG, ARONSON, KART,
BAUM, (all Lvova, Kherson Guberniya, Ukraine) EDELBERG (also Latvia, and
Using mother's maiden name this way seems to be less common than it was
a few years ago, possibly because of pushback >from genealogists.