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In the Family Frameworks on this site, I do not publish any details about known living people except their name.

The majority of my research efforts are reconstructing families to develop well documented family frameworks that

can be used by family historians with reasonable assurance when creating personal family histories. I try to document all of

my source materials so that visitors can judge for themsleves if I have interpreted the evidence correctly.

The vast majority of the information used to construct these frameworks comes from publicly available free and

subscription on-line databases. I will use published compiled family trees, books, and personal stories primarily as clues

that I attempt to verify using actual public records.

My research is an attempt to create a definitive archive of information about the family framework of the families

that I am studying. Some of the most challenging and important research is on 20th century families. To create an archive for

people today and later in the 21st century, I need to get the frameworks for the 20th century correct.

And, quite often, to get that correct, we need to be able to make contact with living family members who have a

memory of the often twisted details of their recent ancestor's lives.

My experience with over 15 years of web publishing and administering several DNA projects is that shockingly few

people even know their grandparents full names, and other family names and details are often imperfectly known. In my mind,

an important part of reconstructing families of the 20th century is making contact and that means letting folks know that

you have some knowledge of the family members that you know about... And to me that is the people's names.

I cannot see how we can delay this research for 50 or 100 years as the folks living in the future will have even

less knowledge of the 20th century.

It is for these reason that I publish the names of living people. But only their names.

Even though many of my public records sites publish many exact details for living people, I felt that a reasonable

compromise was to accept that a person's name was not part of the person's personal details. Newspapers routinely publish

living person's names in family contexts, such as obituaries and most newspapers today publish those obituaries online.

I have been publishing names of known living people without any other personal details for 15 years now. I have had

very few requests to remove data. I have had 100s of people doing vanity searches (searches on their own or parent's names)

who have written and given me pages and pages of details of their families.

If my information on the family came from online published records, generally accessible, and that identify family

relationship details, then I feel I have an obligation to report the names and family relationships.

However, if my only source for those living people was from a family source, I will make invisible living persons

from my current site upon request. However, I cannot control the content in cached or archive sites or in sites that have used

my research for their sites. (I do not permit visitors to download gedcoms from any of my sites. If they wish to acquire data,

they must manually copy the data.)

Of course, I can be flexible when a compelling personal issue exists. I do not want to be the source where children

may learn details of their somewhat twisted recent ancestry.

For example, if a woman has a child out of wedlock and gives the child up for adoption, I want to document that for

the future, but I also do not want to publish that, especially in a form such that her subsequent children might learn of it.

Also, I do not wish to document biological parents in adoptions without getting explicit permission to do that.

A somewhat extreme, but all too common, example is what I call the Family Reunion Book problem. This is where two

young, unmarried cousins have a child together, and one of their parents raise that child - their grandchild - as their child.

Then, later, the cousins marry and have families of their own. All of the people are living and attending the Family Reunion

so no one can be made invisible and not published in the book. So, how do we, as faithful recorders of truth, document the

true family relationships in our records so that the real history is recorded, yet only publish what the children have been

told is the truth? Parents must be the ones deciding when to expose their children to the truth about family relationships,

adoptions, etc.

In the Family Frameworks on this site, I do not publish any details about known living people except their name.

John Lisle

Nashua, New Hampshire USA

August 2013