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Right to Privacy

Looking for guidance about privacy when sharing family history?

Considering publishing a family history and wondering about including current living generations?

As with genealogy websites, family historians must protect the identity of living individuals.

The National Genealogical Society’s Guidelines For Sharing Information with Others reads in part “convey personal identifying information about living people—such as age, home address, genetic information, occupation, or activities—only in ways that those concerned have expressly agreed to.” (1)

Genealogy is the study of one’s ancestors and as such we are researching the life and times of usually deceased individuals. To include a living individual in a book or blog post, obtain specific, written permission.

Wrestling with privacy issues associated with the broad proliferation of consumer DNA testing, the Board for Certification of Genealogists took great pains to revise their book Genealogy Standards, second edition revised (Nashville, TN: Ancestry, 2021). It’s available in Kindle, paperback and hard cover. Genealogy Standards Second Edition Revised https://a.co/d/3n7pxNV


(1) See: National Genealogical Society, Guidelines for Sharing Information with Others Recommended by the National Genealogical Society, Falls Church, Virginia, 2000, 2016.(https://www.ngsgenealogy.org/wp-content/uploads/NGS-Guidelines/Guidelines_SharingInfo2016-FINAL-30Sep2018.pdf : viewed 10 June 2024.)

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