Re: Find Out Anything! Sort of.

On Sun, 23 Sep 2007 09:06:34 GMT, Ye Old One <usenet@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

On Wed, 19 Sep 2007 16:09:25 +0100, Simon Dean
<sjdean@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> enriched this group when s/he wrote:

First of all, thank you to those that gave me the link for - what a great little website. I
especially like the NBI and its other records. That website has oepned
up some other avenues of research for me, so for that, I am grateful.

I've taken the opportunity to phone the church in Hanging Heaton to see
if I can get a transcription of the grave stone or find out where it is
located. This is the big piece of the puzzle that I am hoping will
confirm that the Luke Dean I have unearthed from Castleford, is THE Luke
Dean for my branch of Deans.

As an aside though, I recently had an email from a chap who requested
that I remove their data from my family tree on the internet, as they
have a job which, shall we say, demands a little secrecy.

I pointed out that it was his uncle or something that gave me the data
so should have known many years ago that it was already on the internet.
I was suspicious, but complied with the request.

If it was just genealogical information (Name, DOB, Marriage and the
like) then I feel you were wrong to censor your data.

But it struck me, even if that data isn't there, if you're serious - it
is easy to find information.

I was once in hospital, and just by keeping your eyes and ears open, you
hear people talking about their family, their star sign, their age. If
they're over 50, it's easy to obtain their birth certificates.

Under 50, it's a little more difficult.

But not impossible.

Social networking sites like FaceBook, and all other online sources,
profiles on IMDb, Flickr,, various forums, all contain details.

I was watching a program the other day about anorexics. It gave their
full name and age. Search Google for one of those names, you find
publicly released letters thanking various hospitals with confirmation
of the parents names.

Dig a little deeper, and Im sure you'll find people saying "I was XX
years old today" as they post on their blog showing a date. Bingo bango.

Quite sinister. But we don't abuse the system.

But to the wrong people, they could quite easily. Which is why I don't
quite understand the concern over family history websites. It's just
information that's publicly available.

Anyone serious about harrassing you or committing other criminal
activities will do such, with or without family trees published on the net.


I have always, and will always, take the line that the basic data is
public domain anyway and it is wrong to censor data in any way.

The basic data are disparate. What the law tends to control is
assembled and/or accumulated data which is generally not in the public