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Here are WikiTree's policies on creating profiles for living people, and how they are identified.

Creating Profiles for Living People

You are welcome to create profiles for your living family members if they're adults (see: Help:Children on WikiTree) and you have no reason to think that they would object. Simply add them as you would other family members.

When you create the profile or when editing it, you can include their email address. This will send them an invitation to create a password and take over management of their own profile.

If the living family member does not create a password, their profile will be Unlisted.

Living Notables

We have special policies related to living notables, i.e. profiles of famous people.

Technical Identification of Profiles of Living People

How does the WikiTree system "know" whether a profile represents a living or non-living person? This is important because it determines the required privacy level.

Here are ways to make it clear that a person is living:

  1. mark the Death Date or Death Location as "still living" and/or
  2. include an email address.

Here are ways to make it clear that a person is non-living:

  1. include a Death Date or Death Location, or
  2. mark the Death Date as "uncertain but non-living".

If it is not clear whether or not a person is living in one of the ways listed above and the Birth Date is less than 100 years ago we assume the person is living.

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