I think my Tech Tuesdays keep being questions more than solutions. I couldn’t figure out a cute word to tie with a day of the week in order to ask questions. So, hopefully, others won’t mind my asking questions on Tech Tuesday. Someday I might be able to share.
Anyway… protecting my family and identity while sharing genealogy is my quandary. I came across a website that has information on a branch of my family that has had a brick wall for many years. The website is password protected. So, I contact the website owner and discover that indeed this website does have information on the family that I’ve been looking for. And guess what? I’m the branch he’s been at a loss for many years. So, mutual assistance is likely to occur.
Problem? When I asked how to gain access to his website and the family information therein, the owner asked for my full name and birth date. Since it’s possible to obtain an identity with these pieces of information, I was torn. We take a lot on trust that other genealogists won’t turn out to be horrible, horrible people. We share so much information willingly on faith that the other person won’t be careless with the information.
So, what do I do? Well, I sent the owner an email that stated my concerns with sharing my vital information. I asked if we could use my deceased father instead. Perhaps that is still pretty naive of me. However, what would you have done? What do you do?