Frequently asked questions
|What is this website about?|
|Do I need to Register to use this website?|
|How do I get details corrected/updated?|
|What about Privacy?|
|How do I contact you?|
This website lists details the details (gathered so far!) from several inter-related family trees by a small group of distantly-related geneaolgists, researching their own extended families.
Please note that we are not professional researchers and, alas, do not have the time to undertake research on your behalf. We have no connection to any of the churches & institutions mentioned on the web pages and - as a general rule - cannot offer any information about their connections to people not already mentioned here.
The site is divided into six sections but, since the family trees are interlinked, a few people are listed in more than one part of the site; but the 'search' facility (the magnifying glass icon on the menu bar will let you search any combination of sections at once, by ticking the appropriate boxes.
Basically no. Casual visitors can see almost all there is to see (and everything most guests will need to see) without going through the Registration process. The only things that are hidden from guests are:
- Any details there may be (which usually isn't much, beyond names) for people who are still living or - if we're not sure - people who are of an age such that they might still be alive.
- Certain research tools that will only really be of use to 'family' who are helping compile the information on this website.
So Registration is only really an advantage to you if you are 'family'. That is, if you are a blood relative of one of the people already listed on the website. In fact, to protect the privacy of those who are still alive, Registration will only be approved for those who can prove that they are indeed 'family'.
If you're not sure if you are 'family', you can always get in-touch with us using the link at the bottom of each page (the one that says 'For help with genealogy questions contact Fred Blogs'). That will let you send an email message to the lead-researcher for that part of the website.
Some Registered site users - when logged in - will see 'edit' (or similar) icons that enable them to suggest corrections or additional information. However these changes do not take effect until approved by a site administrator. That's simply to avoid accidental deletion of details, and to avoid two registered users repeatedly 'correcting' each other in a vicious circle (oh yes it has!).
To be frank, most site users would find it much easier simply to email the changes to us! Similarly if you have photographs you're happy to share with us, emailing them is much easier for everyone concerned. If nothing else, that avoids the possibility of any changes you make being accidentally over-written by a major data upload from ourselves. You'll find a link labelled 'For help with genealogy questions contact Fred Bloggs' at the bottom of every page. Use that to contact the lead-researcher for the person/family you're viewing on that page.
We take protecting the privacy of those still alive very seriously. In the context of this website, there are two sorts of privacy issues:
- Details about people still living.
- Contact details of Registered site users.
Details About Living People
In general there is very little information (beyond names and a few dates) about most people who are (or might be) still alive. However a few (a very few) people have added some medical history, with a view to enabling people to know about possible inherited disorders. A few people have also submitted general information such as occupations, etc.. For reason, the website is set-up such that....
- Only Registered (and logged-in) site visitors can view any details about people who are (or might be) still alive.
- Registration is only approved for those who can show that they are 'family'. That is, a blood relative of those already listed on the website.
- Even then, logged-in registered users can only see details of living people in the section (or sections) of the website in which they actually have blood relatives.
Despite that, if you want to know what information is listed about you, then ask and we will tell you. In the (unlikely) event that you are not happy with any information that there is about you; then just tell us (use the link at the bottom of the page) and we'll remove that right away.
Contact Details of Registered Site Users
As part of the registration process, the website does ask you for your email address; which is part of the process for ensuring that you are who you say you are. Your email address is stored in the database, but can only be seen by the website Administrator. Please note:
- Your registered email address cannot be seen by any other users of this website.
- We definitely will not pass-on your email address to anyone at all, unless you specifically say we should (for example, if you want to get in-touch with another registered site user).
- We will only contact you if we need to in connection with this website or your family genealogy.
There is a link at the bottom of each web page which will enable you to send an email to us. We'll endeavour to reply to you as soon as we can; but please be patient as we all lead busy lives too!
Please Note that many of the web pages show two contact links: one for technical questions, and one for genealogy-related questions. That second link will put you in-touch with the lead-researcher for that particular part of the website.
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