Is it safe to post a photo of my grandmother's 2006 death certificate with no way to control the privacy of it?

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I had assumed there would be a way to make the document less public but still available to trusted  individuals, but I can't find  a way to do that. I was planning on uploading many more documents but maybe I should stick to ancestors further down the line?
in The Tree House by Becky Jenkins G2G Crew (530 points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

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I'd recommend caution.

I've only had a few years' experience in genealogy work.  Whenever I've gone "the extra mile" to purchase a death record, I've learned there's so much information you might NOT want it made public.

1.  One death record we've commented on in WikiTree may -- or may not -- have indicated a suicide; "poisoned by phenyl" was the nearly illegible key phrase.

2.  Do you REALLY want the cause of death visible to all?  One of my ancestors died of "apoplexy" -- it turns out that meant a stroke.  I've also seen "prostatitis", "disease of the brain", and "killed".  This can be sensitive information.

3.  Recent death certificates show names & addresses of parents, social security numbers, etc.  Do you really want that data public?

 There are ways to source a death record without sharing the image itself.  There are many other types of records regarding your grandmother that will be helpful to other researchers.  

4.  When purchasing birth or death certificates,most states, towns, and counties require proof of YOUR identity -- you must furnish a copy of your driver's license, etc.  In Florida, you must provide a copy of the person's probated will, along with a check and your photo id.  These protections are in place so others will not take advantage (hopefully).  

Please be conservative about this information; it may protect you or vulnerable family members, including children.
by Janine Barber G2G6 Pilot (172k points)
selected by Niek Boevé
I agree....   and I can't find away to delete it.
Becky, to completely delete an image you uploaded, go to the page for the image. In the left-hand column, under "Edit Image Details," find "People & Things in the Image" and check "REMOVE from image" for all of the people named.

But Pat Credit's suggestion about creating a private free-space page might work for you. If you add the name of the private free-space page to the list of people in the image,  then delete everyone else, the image will remain in WikiTree (where it can be seen by anyone with permissions for the free-space page) but will not be publicly visible.
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The privacy of a photograph depends on the Privacy setting of the profiles attached to the photo.  If the person attached to the photo has the privacy setting: UnlistedPrivatePrivate with Public Biography, and Private with Public Biography and Family Tree, the photo is private. But, if ANYONE attached has a Privacy setting of Open or Public, then anyone can see the photo.  See: Photo Privacy

by Vic Watt G2G6 Pilot (329k points)
Image management in WikiTree seems to be confusing and frustrating for a number of members. One source of confusion and frustration is the inability to directly adjust the privacy setting on an image. I imagine that it was set up the way Vic describes for simplicity, but in fact it seems to make things more complicated for people, not less.
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Even though I think it is not the wisest thing to post, the only way I would even consider it is on a free-space page set to private and keep the trusted list really small.
by Pat Credit G2G6 Pilot (144k points)
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Thank you all for your responses... I will think long and hard about uploading photos before I do that again!
by Becky Jenkins G2G Crew (530 points)
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I'm not sure I want to censor history, though understand people may be sensitive about causes of death for a  family member who died  in recent years.

I also realise that this referring to someone from the US but  would like to point out that UK death certificates contain

The name of the informant

The name and address of the doctor certifying death.  These people, if still alive,  will still be  protected under data protection acts and any image with their details  cannot be used without their permission
by Helen Ford G2G6 Pilot (314k points)
I post every single detail I can find.  I'm adopted & want to leave a complete & accurate trail for any of my descendants.  I've worked my butt off for decades gathering details of my birth family.  I will not censor a thing.

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