Privacy and Data Policy

SFgenealogy is targeted towards researchers of family history and general history of all ages. We are a non-commercial organization that provides historical data and information for finding historical data. We do not require any personal information to be given to us to access our website.

Child Privacy — SFgenealogy values the privacy and protection of children in the use of its Web sites. We adhere to the privacy policies in dealing with children younger than 13 years of age and for all visitors to SFgenealogy Web sites (for more information see “Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998”).

It is the policy of the SFgenealogy that we will not obtain personal identifying information about you when you visit our Web sites, unless you choose to provide the information to us (for example, your name and email address on our bulletin boards or surname lists).

How We Handle the Information We Gather When You Visit Our Web Site.

The type of information that we receive from your visit to our Web sites depends upon what you do when you are visiting our sites. We use this information in two ways: (1) to measure the number of visitors to the different sections of our sites and to help us make our sites more useful to visitors; (2) to provide contact information to other researchers.

Web Server Activity — Like most Web servers on the Internet, SFgenealogy collects and stores within Web access logs all of the information that your Web browser sends when it requests a Web page, including:
  • the name, domain, and numerical internet address of the host computer (typically a computer belonging to your Internet Service Provider and not your personal computer) from which you access the Internet; 
  • the date and time you accessed our site; 
  • the Internet address of the Web page that you came from; 
  • the page you requested from our site and the number of characters sent to your computer; and 
  • the information your Web browser software sends as its so-called “User Agent,” which typically identifies the browser software and may also indicate the operating system used in your personal computer and the type of computer. 
It is impossible to determine the actual identity of an individual user from this information. The logs are periodically summarized and analyzed to study site usage over time and to perform other studies to help us improve the site's organization, performance, and usefulness. Statistical summaries derived from these data may be retained online or offline at our discretion for an indefinite period of time.

Cookies — Some local applications may save a “cookie” on your computer's hard disk to provide a temporary history of actions taken. We do not retain any record of “cookies” beyond what is necessary for running the application.

Web Forms — When you voluntarily enter your name and/or email address in the Bulletin Boards, Surname Lists, or Notice Submissions, you are implicitly agreeing to allow us to publish that information within those sections. You are under no obligation to participate in those sections. Non-participation will not inhibit your use of our Web site in any way. If you provided the information to us in error or decide afterwards you want it removed, you may request its removal at any time.

Email Addresses — We do not sell or distribute lists of email addresses to any parties outside SFgenealogy. We do conduct periodic validation of email addresses.

Data — SFgenealogy publishes information from public and privately available resources. If the data is from a public resource, we regret that we will not make any adjustments to the data. If the data is from a private resource, we may alter the information upon request.

Potentially Offensive Material — The nature of historic material is such that it can include language and reflect attitudes that are inconsistent with modern norms and values. Because our function is to provide free internet access to genealogical and historical content for researchers and historians, we present historic material that contains original wording.

Contact — If you have questions on SFgenealogy privacy or how we collect and retain personal information, please contact us.

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