All persons born after 1910 and/or married after 1930 are considered "living" and only a minimum of information is displayed in the database published on this site.
Genealogical Standards and Guidelines
Standards For Sharing
Information With Others
Recommended by the National Genealogical Society
Conscious of the fact that sharing
information or data with others, whether through speech, documents
or electronic media, is essential to family history research and that it needs continuing support and
encouragement, responsible family historians consistently—
the restrictions on sharing information that arise from the rights of another
as an author,
originator or compiler; as a living private person; or as a party to a mutual agreement.
meticulously the legal rights of copyright owners, copying or distributing
any part of
their works only with their permission, or to the limited extent specifically allowed under the
law's "fair use" exceptions.
the sources for all ideas, information and data from others, and the form
in which they
were received, recognizing that the unattributed use of another's intellectual work is plagiarism.
the authorship rights of senders of letters, electronic mail and data files,
disseminating them further only with the sender's permission.
people who provide information about their families as to the ways it may
Observing any conditions they impose and respecting any reservations they may express
regarding the use of particular items.
some evidence of consent before assuming that living people are agreeable
sharing of information about themselves.
personal identifying information about living people like age, home address,
or activities only in ways that those concerned have expressly agreed to.
that legal rights of privacy may limit the extent to which information
available sources may be further used, disseminated or published.
no information to others that is known to be false, or without making reasonable
efforts to determine its truth, particularly information that may be derogatory.
sensitive to the hurt that revelations of criminal, immoral, bizarre or
may bring to family members.
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