When you register on or subscribe to Ancestry.com or other websites in the Ancestry Community, you will provide personal information (such as your name, email address, and credit card information) that we use to manage your account; other than your name (if you choose to share your name in your profile settings), other Ancestry members cannot see this information. You will have a public Ancestry profile that you can control and that helps you connect with other users.
Your member profile lets you share information about yourself with others in the Ancestry Community. Although profiles are public by nature, you can control what information other members can see.
By default your profile will always display:
· Your user name or full name, depending on your preferences. Full name is selected when you first register.
· When you became a member.
· When you last updated your profile and logged in.
You can also add additional personal information (such as gender, age, and occupation), a photo, location, research interests, and more to your profile. For more information and instructions, see our Help Center.
It is important to us that you feel safe communicating with other members of the Ancestry Community, so we’ve created an online messaging service that lets our users contact each other anonymously. When another member sends you a message, you’ll receive an alert in your Ancestry inbox and an email. You can respond through the Ancestry.com website without sharing any personal contact information (except your username). You can also choose not to communicate with anyone, or block specific users. To update your contact preferences, click on your username in the upper right corner and select "Site Preferences".
When you participate in the Ancestry Community, you may interact with people across the globe who are members of one of several Ancestry websites (including international sites such as Ancestry.co.uk and Ancestry.ca). Here’s how they can view your activity:
Member Connect Activity
Our Member Connect service helps you discover other members who are researching the same family lines. When you connect with other members, they can see these research activities:
To change these settings, go to Activity Preferences.
If your tree is public, other subscribers can view all content in your tree except information about living people and notes. You can choose to share living people in Story View. Other subscribers can also see your user name or full name depending on your account settings. See “Privacy for Your Family Tree” for more information.
Anything you post on message boards is public. If you ever have a concern about what is being shared, you can contact a Message Board Administrator.
With your permission, Ancestry can use your Facebook account to enhance your experience on the Ancestry.com website. You can:
• Save time by signing in to Ancestry.com using your Facebook login.
• Create a family tree and add new information to a tree quickly and easily (for more details see “Adding information from Facebook to your family tree” below).
Signing In to Ancestry.com Using Your Facebook Account
If you don’t want to remember another username and password, you can sign in to Ancestry.com using your Facebook login. (You can still sign in using your Ancestry username and password; this just gives you an additional option.) Using your Facebook credentials to login won’t share your Ancestry.com account information with Facebook, and we won't post anything to your Facebook wall or contact your Facebook friends without your permission.
You can disconnect your Ancestry account from Facebook at any time. To do this, go to “Site Preferences” and click “Disconnect from Facebook” in the right column under “Facebook Connect.”
You can use your Facebook account to build a new family tree or to update a tree you already have.
We respect Facebook profile settings and will only access the information from your Facebook account that we tell you about and you have given us permission to access. Also, we won't post anything to your Facebook wall or contact any of your Facebook friends unless you permit us to do so. Be aware that when you use Facebook information in your family tree, you are explicitly granting Ancestry permission to retain and use that information in accordance with the Ancestry Terms and Conditions and Privacy Statement.
Creating a New Tree Using Facebook
You can create a tree of relatives you’re connected to on Facebook.
When you add a relative to your tree, we use information from Facebook such as name, birth date, photo, and gender to complete their profile. And we automatically create a source citation so you know where the information came from. Be aware that some people choose not to display their birth dates and genders in Facebook, so we are unable to add this info to your tree.
Adding New Information to Your Tree Using Facebook
If someone in your family tree is also on Facebook, you can add his or her profile information to your tree from the Facebook Import section of the overview page. If this is your first time adding Facebook information, click the “Learn More” link to get started.
If you have previously added Facebook information to your tree, begin typing the name of the person and select their Facebook profile from the drop-down list. Then click the “Import” button.
When information is added from Facebook, it will never replace what you already have in your tree. For example, if you have a birth date and photo for your brother, this info will not be replaced with Facebook profile information. However, if you don’t have a birth date, photo, or gender selected for another individual you link to Facebook, we’ll add this information for you and create a source citation so you know where the information came from.
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We may use your IP address and other non-identifying information (such as your operating system, screen resolution, device type, and your website interactions) to help diagnose problems with our servers and to administer our website. This information is also used to gather statistics, such as the geographic distribution of our members. This allows us to provide content more pertinent to the general needs of members and to follow general research trends, as well as to improve the design and content of our websites, to prepare and deliver our marketing programs, and for research and other purposes.
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