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01 November 2005 @ 02:50 am
Well it's been along day but fruitful. I was working on cleaning out my email in-box. Then I received correspondence back from a couple of people. The lines I have been working on are Harris, Phelps, Jenkins, and Brayton. I'm not going to tell the people I have been corresponding with for a very good reason. While going over their databases on GenCircles I found a lot of personal information there. I'm just not sure if people realize that GenCircles doesn't clean up and hide living individuals information automatically for you. (Rootsweb does.)

If you submit your database to GenCircles you have two separate options for suppressing living individuals information.
1. When making your gedcom exclude living individuals.
2. If you didn't exclude living individuals from your gedcom, after you submit your gedcom to GenCircles you have to go back into Preferences to set your level of Privatization for living individuals.

I would recommend that on GenCircles you never submit your gedcom with living individuals information listed. Why, because people forget to privatize them later. At least on Rootsweb they will automatically suppress living individuals information. GenCircles will show everything, unless you tell it not to. I found on GenCircles not only living people birth dates and places, mother's maiden name but also Social Security numbers! Do people realize that is all the information you need to commit identity theft!

My reactions to finding this information is I would never, Never, NEVER give any personal information to this submitter. As a rule I don't share living people's information but with them I would be doubly sure not to. Not even in just corresponding and telling my own birthday, even without the year! I would be afraid it would show up on GenCircles.

The other thing is WHY would anyone put their Social Security Number in their genealogy database? That is such personal information it should never be listed for a living person. I can see putting it in the record when they are deceased but not before that. What if you lost a copy of your database at a library and someone "evil" got a hold of it?

There isn't much a thief could do with your information without the social security number. I sure hope people are smart enough not to use their real mother's maiden name as a security identifier on their bank accounts and credit cards. But, I would think anyone foolish enough to put their social security number in their genealogy database would be using their real mother's maiden name on their security information.

OK people wake up! Be smart don't put your social security numbers in your genealogy databases. Don't use your real mother's maiden name for security information. And make sure you are suppressing living people's information when submitting your gedcom to GenCircles.

What can I say, I used to work in the Fraud department for Discover Card. I wouldn't trust my own brother with my social security number and neither should anyone else. (Not that my brothers are crooks) It's just that I've seen fraud and family fraud is the worst.

Well with all that said and done, it was a successful genealogy day. I got loads of good information and was able to link up several families in the Queensbury, NY area. We sure are intermarried in that area.

Hope to see you tomorrow, for tomorrow is always another genealogy day!
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