Created by Josh Hallett, https://www.flickr.com/photos/hyku/368912557/.
[CC-BY-ND-2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/)], via flickr
Privacy! We all have different thresholds on this topic. Some people do not post any information anywhere and others invite you right into their daily lives.
As genealogists we want to share information. As genealogists we have a duty to share accurate information. As genealogists we also have a RESPONSIBILITY to preserve the privacy of others, who are either directly or indirectly impacted by the information to be revealed.
I was reminded of this when I read To Write or Not to Write: Respecting Privacy in Family-History Storytelling (posted on the Genealogy Insider blog). Our stories are not just our stories, they are stories that involve our family and other families. We do and did not live in isolation on an island by ourselves. Though we are the star of our own story, there are others involved every step of the way.
As you write your story or the story of an ancestor, do keep in mind everyone’s right to PRIVACY.
Though there is an incredible amount of information out there already about
Here are a few resources on privacy in the context of genealogy and family history research extending beyond just writing stories – what you post on the internet, how you interact with other researchers, and much more:
· Privacy Issues for Family Historians (Dick Eastman on MyHeritage blog)
· Privacy Issues (St Clair County MI Genealogy on the Web)
Do you have your own check-list to use as you decide on what remains private? If so, please share.
What is your go-to resource when evaluating what to keep private versus make public?
copyright © National Genealogical Society, 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, Virginia 22204-4370. http://www.ngsgenealogy.org.
NGS does not imply endorsement of any outside advertiser or other vendors appearing in this blog. Any opinions expressed by guest authors are their own and do not necessarily reflect the view of NGS.
Republication of UpFront articles is permitted and encouraged for non-commercial purposes without express permission from NGS. Please drop us a note telling us where and when you are using the article. Express written permission is required if you wish to republish UpFront articles for commercial purposes. You may send a request for express written permission to [email protected] All republished articles may not be edited or reworded and must contain the copyright statement found at the bottom of each UpFront article.
Think your friends, colleagues, or fellow genealogy researchers would find this blog post interesting? If so, please let them know that anyone can read past UpFront with NGS posts or subscribe!
Suggestions for topics for future UpFront with NGS posts are always welcome. Please send any suggested topics to [email protected]
Unless indicated otherwise or clearly an NGS Public Relations piece, Upfront with NGS posts are written by Diane L Richard, editor, Upfront with NGS.
Want to learn more about interacting with the blog, please read Hyperlinks, Subscribing and Comments -- How to Interact with Upfront with NGS Blog posts!
Post a Comment