Since I developed this site I have been pondering some possibilities, mulling over the various options to maintaining the privacy of individuals while still providing as much info and family history as possible. It seems to me the only real way is to provide a log-in and password to those who are interested. Access to the secure portion of the site would give those individuals the ability to see more in-depth family history and at the same time keep that same information private and away from the general public. The original, public, site would remain virtually untouched, it’s only if you wished to view the more sensitive data that you would have to log in.
As an example:
- birthdates and other personal information could then be posted (if acceptable),
- family member birthplaces or past residences could be shown. This refers primarily to those of the older generations who are deceased,
- individual’s photos may be shown on the secure site, if that was acceptable,
- other, more personal, information such as war history or service records,
- noted life events.
Most of these points would only apply to those of the family we are researching, not generally the living.
So for any that are reading please let me know what you think. I may still contact any of you whose email address is known to me. Hopefully as summer winds down I’ll have more time to put into this project. I appreciate your input.