No Living Person Data

I will not publish any details about living individuals under the age of 100 other than names and will not publish such information elsewhere on the website, nor will I make it available by any other means to anyone other than close family relatives.

Presumption of Death

For purposes of administering this policy, if I do not know conclusively whether a person is living or deceased, all persons born less than 100 years ago are presumed to be living, and all persons born 100 or more years ago are presumed deceased (I would appreciate being notified of any instances where my unveiling of data on living people over the age of 100 causes difficulty and needs to be adjusted).

Mailing Address Privacy

In the source bibliography those items provided by living persons (e.g., by email, GEDCOM, letters, etc.) will often include the town and state of the provider's residence. This data will be removed upon request for any of those people.

E-mail Address Privacy

Email addresses are, of course, contained in the emails saved on the Project computer. For source bibliography the email addresses of data providers are recorded within the TMG Master Source List, but are not printed in reports or on the website. Persons requesting specific email addresses for intended genealogy communication will have their requests forwarded to the target email and it is up to that individual to decide whether to respond.

DNA Study Privacy

The Project uses the DNA testing services of FamilyTreeDNA (that firm's privacy statement can be seen at FamilyTreeDNA Privacy) and will not publically display the names of our DNA project participants. The exception to this is between test individuals that match at least 33 of 37 markers, who will be put in contact with each other by the testing agency.

Public Information

The foregoing policies not withstanding, I may publish information in various narrative entries from public databases (e.g., census returns), news articles (e.g., obituaries) or other textual information that has been made widely and publicly available. However, if such information has been published about you or your family and you do not wish it to appear in reports or on our website, I will remove it upon request.

Problem Notification

However diligent I may be in adhering to my privacy guidelines, I may inadvertently let something slip through. If I have published something that you don't feel I should have, I urge you to immediately notify me, so I can correct the breach.


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Permission for Use

Upon written request, I will happily grant others the right to use selected and limited copies of my content as long as the New England Ball Project is cited as the source and the content is not being used for commercial purposes.