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From: Firebird <>
Subject: Re: [DEV] Data Privaxy
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2009 11:21:29 +0000
Nick Heard wrote:
> If you are uploading a gedcom file then Family Historian, for example will
> allow you to flag individuals and offers a number of options as to which
> details of the flagged individual will or will not be revealed. There are
> also shareware tools that can filter out living persons if your family
> history software doesn't.
Legacy will allow you to set the number of generations to be included
from any particular point.
My families run to 16 generations. I set the generations to 8 or 9,
run a preview to ensure there's no one after 1900 or a long way
before, and adjust the number of generations accordingly.
> In practice if there are determined identity thieves lurking, leaving names
> off a family history site will not deter them. I'm sure that I'm like most
> researchers insofar as when following a trail for UK families, if I have the
> names of dead grandparents from Genes or Ancestry, nine times out of ten I
> can use the available online databases to very easily complete the family
> tree to include their descendants to 2005, particularly so since Ancestry
> has made the indices for Births and Marriages searchable after 1916.
Most ID thieves want the quick and easy way. They don't usually want
to make any effort.
The one thing to remember is that, as experienced researchers, it's
easy for us to knock up a basic tree covering 200-250 years in a
matter of abt 2 hours because we know what to do and where to look and
when to make a leap of faith in making connections. It's much harder
for a newbie to do although it is getting easier - both for them and
for the ID thieves.