is an Internet service that lets its users conduct historical research by searching, reviewing and archiving any of our rich variety of digital historical resources. At, history is also interactive. Users may collaborate with each other and clip and comment on newspaper pages they find. is committed to helping you protect your privacy by providing you with an environment in which you have trust and confidence when you disclose and share information with us and other users of As a result, you can control how much of your personal information is shared with other users by managing your settings as described below.

We also encourage you to read the Ancestry Privacy Statement, which explains in more detail how the Ancestry family of websites collects and processes your personal information.


1. Managing your Account Information

When you first create your account, you will be asked for your email address and password. We create a Member Name based on your email address, which you can change on the registration confirmation page or by following the instructions below. That Member Name will be seen by other users, but you can control how much other profile information other users can see by going to your Account Details page located at or by clicking on your Member Name in the top right corner of any page on the Website and selecting “Account Details.” Account Details page:


Member Photo: You can choose to upload a photo for your member profile. You are not required to include a photo on your profile, but if you do so, other users of will be able to see it. You can upload, change, import from Facebook, or clear your photo by clicking on the photo next to “Profile Photo” on the right side of the Account Details page. If you decide to import a photo from Facebook, you will have to login to Facebook, which will allow us to access your public profile and your friend list. We will also place a link to your Facebook profile on your profile page. Please be aware that Facebook has their own privacy policies, which you should also look at before you decide to share your Facebook information with us.

Communication Settings: Under “Account Settings,” you can see and manage your email and other contact settings by clicking “Communication Settings.” There, you can choose whether you want to receive notifications from relating to the people, papers, or searches that you are “watching,” and, if so, how often. In addition, you can choose what types of informational email communications you receive from us, including the “Historical Headline of the Month”; “Content Updates”; “News, Finds & Tops of the Month”; and “ Special Offers.” Lastly, you can also decide whether to allow other member can contact you. If you allow member communications, such communications will happen through a form, and your email address will not be shown.

Other Account Settings: You can also change your email address, password, and Member Name by clicking on the respective links under “Account Settings.”

Adding/Changing Profile Information: You can choose to add additional personal information about yourself, such as your geographical location and anything else you want to let others know about you by clicking “Update” next to “Your Profile.” Adding this information is completely voluntary. On this page, you can also change your public Member Name.


2. Managing Your Profile Information

You can access Your Profile by clicking “View” next to “Your Profile” on the Account Details page or by clicking on your Member Name in the top right corner of any page on the Website and selecting “Your Profile”. From the Your Profile page, you can see and manage your profile information and additional settings. From that page, you can also change your Communication Settings, photo, location, and Member Name, as described above in “Managing your Account Information.” Profile page:


Clipping Settings: You can also choose how your clippings and saved searches are displayed and shared, by clicking on the settings gear icon in the middle of the Your Profile page. For example, you can make your new clippings, saved searches, and the papers & people you follow public and choose to be notified if there are new matches for your saved searches or if any of the papers or people that you follow are updated. More information regarding clipping can be found here.

Seeing Your Profile as Others See It: If you are unsure what profile information of yours is viewable by other users, you can click on “View your Profile as others see it” on the left side of the Your Profile page.


3. A special note about historical documents obtains large collections of historical documents from various sources and converts the documents into a digital format so that users may see a facsimile of the original. and its affiliates and agents take reasonable steps to assure that the documents do not include sensitive personal information about living individuals. If you believe that a document published by violates your privacy rights, please contact us here and we will attempt to resolve the matter quickly.