The primary objective in genealogy is to identify all ancestors and descendants in a particular family tree and to collect personal data on them. At a minimum, this data includes the individual's name and the date and/or location of birth, marriage, and death. In order to support research by other genealogists, this data is often published on genealogy websites.
Most of us would prefer not to have to worry about our personal data but, in this day and age, we must use caution to prevent misuse of the information. Identity theft and credit fraud are the worst problems. There is concern that information distributed to distant relatives or put on a genealogy websites makes it easier for unscrupulous individuals to commit invasions of privacy or other frauds. However, the personal information that the identity thieves and credit fraud perpetrators want are full names, social security numbers, dates and places of birth, current occupation/employment data, and bank/credit card account numbers. One or two facts alone (e.g., your name and/or your mother's maiden name) are not enough information to cause damage.
Personal Data Suppression
Many genealogy programs can suppress the names of living individuals and substitute "living" or "still living" in their place. In addition to marking these individuals as "living", this website goes one step further. We have also marked all living individuals as "private," which makes their presence invisible to the general public. This extra layer of security suppresses publication of any and all references to the individual (including name and relationship) in any family group sheet, as well as linked photos, documents, and other graphics.
Every individual in our database will belong to one of the following three classes:
- Individuals will be marked as "living" AND "private," (i.e. completely invisible) if one of the following conditions are met:
- the person is known to be alive
- the person was born on or after 17 December 1924 with no known death date
- Individuals will be marked as "living," (i.e. visible by relationship, but name replaced with the word "living", and all data suppressed) if one of the following conditions are met:
- the person has a known death date on or after 17 December 2008
- the person was born on or after 17 December 1908 with no known death date
- Indviduals will have no markings (i.e. all data completely visible to the general public) if one of the following conditions are met:
- the person has a known death date on or before 16 December 2008
- the person was born on or before 16 December 1908 with no known death date
To insure the privacy of living individuals, the Kleinmann Genealogy website always suppresses the personal data of living individuals from viewing by the general public. Personal data includes, but is not limited to, birth and/or marriage dates and/or locations, photographs, notes, and biographies.
Photographs & Documents
Photographs of living individuals are considered personal data and are normally suppressed. However, if the individual so chooses, a photograph can be tagged as "always visible". Before any photograph can be included in this website, permission is obtained from the owner of a photograph (U.S. Copyright Law). Permission is also obtained from living individuals in a photograph if they are identified in the caption/description or they can be identified through deductive reasoning using names/relationships found elsewhere.
The statement "Used with Permission" after the owner's name identifies compliance with these requirements.
When a document is added to the database, a thumbnail image is generated. Hovering over the thumbnail with your mouse will expand the image to a larger picture for viewing. The functionality of the Kleinmann Genealogy website has been changed so that now this only happens after you have logged in with your user account.
Personal Data Access
With registration, you will be granted access only to your unique family branch within the database. Your access will be restricted to:
- You (the registered user) and your spouse (but not your spouse's family).
- Your descendants and their spouses.
- Your parents and grandparents.
- Your uncles/aunts and their spouses.
- Your 1st cousins and their spouses (but not their children).
- Your siblings and their spouses.
- Your nephews/nieces and their spouses (but not their children).
Note: To see the personal data of a spouse's family branch, married users will have to log in with their spouse's user name and password. If you consider using your spouse'e user ID a security violation, please request a second login account that will be restricted to your spouse's family.
Personal Data Security
Original data given to us in trust (personal information, e-mail/street addresses, phone numbers, etc.) is not provided to others unless your approval is first obtained. You should be aware, however, that most of this information is public domain and may be readily available to others using internet search engines (e.g., Yahoo People Search, Google.com, Birthday.com).
When visiting this website we may automatically collect and store the following information about your visit:
- The Internet Protocol (IP) address and domain name of your internet service provider. The IP address is a numerical identifier assigned either to your internet service provider or directly to your computer, which can be used to direct internet traffic to you
- The type of browser and operating system you used
- The date and time you visited this site
- The web pages you accessed at this site
- The URL or web site address of the web site you visited prior to coming to this website and from which any web page on this site was linked
- If you downloaded any data, the data that was downloaded
None of the above information is deemed to constitute personal information.
This information, that is collected automatically, is used to improve this website's content and to help us understand how people are using this website. This information is collected for statistical analysis, to determine what information is of most and of least interest to our visitors, and to identify system performance or problem areas. The information is not collected for commercial marketing purposes. We do not sell or distribute the information collected from the website for commercial marketing purposes.
Email addresses: If during your visit to this website you send an email and/or complete and submit a suggestion box, your email address and the contents of your email will be collected. Your email address and the information contained in your email will be used to respond to you, to address issues you identify, or to further improve this website. Your email address is not collected for commercial marketing purposes, and we do not sell or distribute your email address for any purposes.
If you feel that this site is not following its stated information policy, please contact us.
Effective: 18 February 2014