when people have never had a problem before

+3 votes
Ok I have been doing my family tree for many years for now adding in children etc as I go and started with my daughter's cousins etc(family dont really like me just for the record lol) :)

Now that the new law has come out I am now been asked to remove half the children that are there and some of who are now in their 20's Should I now remove them even though if it was my daughter as manager they would be able to stay as they are or should I just remove them after putting a note in their parents profile as it seems they as parents can stay

Just feel sorry for my daughter if I have to remove them
in The Tree House by Steph Meredith G2G6 Mach 8 (89.6k points)

3 Answers

+6 votes
I think you have to be very careful adding living people without their consent because of privacy. They should have some say about where they appear on the internet, and as they are in their 20s should be managing their own profiles, ideally. It's not that much different from finding that an unrelated person has added your parent, as has happened to me on another site. Would you be comfortable with finding your own personal details on a website?
by Fiona McMichael G2G6 Pilot (214k points)
edited by Fiona McMichael
I did have their consent originally for the children and even put a post up on facebook saying that i was doing a family tree on wikitree and if they would rather not be added to inbox me nobody did object to this even though people saw the post last year

I am not bothered either way as it reduces my watchlist
+4 votes

Who is asking you to remove profiles?  Wikitree instituted new policies as a result of the GDPR that are automatic:

  1. Profiles of living non-members have become Unlisted.
  2. Profiles of children under 13 have been deleted if their parent is not a member.
  3. DNA tests for living non-members have been deleted.

Any profile you created for a living adult has become Unlisted.  Children were removed.  These changes happened automatically; you aren't required to do anything.


by Kerry Larson G2G6 Pilot (240k points)
my daughter's aunt through facebook asked me but they can not be delete unless I put them as unkown and who they are in their profiles and they have been in there since about a year ago
If a living person (your daughter's aunt) has requested that you delete her/her children's profiles *for whatever reason*, then you are obliged to do so.  https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Privacy_Policy#Information_on_Living_Family_Members

Gather a list together of the profiles she wants gone, then contact info @ wikitree.com, as they are the only ones who will be able to delete profiles.

But before they do that, do as Dale suggests below, and put all the information in a genealogy program on your own computer, or a piece of paper, or whatever, so you don't lose the information.
All done now Ros as I merged their children and kept them as they are happy with keeping themselves at the moment at least
+3 votes
Stephanie, If a living person objects to having information on WikiTree about themselves or their living children then it is only right that those profiles be removed, even before the new laws came out. Your best option if you want to keep this information for your daughter is to locate an offline genealogy program for your personal computer and print out the information to pass down. Nobody can make you remove that data since it would be offline and not available to anyone unless they asked you for it.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.7m points)
I have sorted it now and merged with my daughter's half sibling in the end Dale.

is there a offline genealogy program you recommend at all please as that does seem like a good idea to me
The program I use is Legacy 9.0. They have a free version so you can try it and decide later if you want or need the additional features that come with the paid version. In my case the free version works just fine for what I wish to do.
Thank you Dale

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