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From: "Becky Horne" <>
Subject: Re: [ZA-EC] Reference to living persons
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2005 22:52:19 +0200
References: <576915688d.5688d57691@iway.na>


Hi Alan

It is advisable to only post dead family details than those that are living.
Privacy is very important to the living and we should respect that.

Best wishes
Becky
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mr Alan Hattle" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2005 3:47 PM
Subject: [ZA-EC] Reference to living persons


> Hello all
>
> A recent posting got me wondering about the guidelines and etiquette
> concerning searching for (or mentioning) living persons. I'm not an
> expert, but I have seen plenty of family trees etc being put out for
> public display or access, in which names are omitted, to be replaced
> with "Living JONES" or "Living VAN ZYL" etc. This is a common-sense
> approach to respecting privacy. Besides, who knows what debt-
> collectors, or persons harbouring grudges are out there. After all
> every message we post becomes immediately accessible to 6 billion
> people on this planet on Rootsweb archives. I am sure we need
> permission from someone before informing the whole world (in this case,
> literally) of their location, sickness, divorce or whatever, just as an
> example.
>
> I know that as listers we quickly become like a big family, but I would
> appreciate some guidance from a fundi as to what we should or should
> not do concerning giving details about living persons on-list. All I
> managed to find on the Rootsweb Help site is the following
>
> "RootsWeb.com encourages individual submitters to exclude information
> on the living - the default settings for the WorldConnect Project
> include cleaning living persons from the file. If a submitter made a
> conscious decision to include information on the living, we will not
> alter that."
>
> Regards
>
> Alan Hattle



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