What about identifying suicides in profiles?

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What about suicides? I've already posted 2 profiles where I revealed that as the mode of death. Does anyone have advice, based on polcy, law, or experience?
in Genealogy Help by John DeRoche G2G1 (1.1k points)
retagged by Eowyn Walker

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The only advice I can offer is that which I followed myself: Will the information harm or offend any living person on any reasonable level?

My GGGrandfather was a suicide.  The people who had to live with this fact during their lifetimes as wife, child, in-law or grandchild are all gone.  I can think of no reasonable claim to being offended that any of my co-decendants might have, so I posted the facts.

Such is (was) life?

As for legalities - facts are facts and suicides are public information.

But it is good to show such concern rather than just plowing carelessly forward.


Keith Baker


by Keith Baker G2G6 Pilot (101k points)
I agree with Keith.
The same goes for criminality. I have a relative who was put to death for his crimes, but since it was over 300 years ago, I regard this as a historical fact which will probably not offend anyone anymore.

Martyn Grifhorst

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