As genealogists ourselves, we designed Treelines to meet our own, strict standards for privacy and security. We built a site that we would feel comfortable not only using ourselves, but also inviting our friends and family to use. After all, Treelines is all about sharing our best family stories! So, we've built in a lot of control to help you feel comfortable knowing that you're sharing only what you intend, only to the people you intend to read it.
There are a number of levels of privacy controls in place on Treelines to ensure that you don't share any information that you don't wish to share.
You can feel comfortable uploading or creating your family tree on Treelines, because the way we use your family tree data is very different from other genealogy websites. Treelines is about sharing stories, not trees. On Treelines your tree family tree is a private database of information you can selectively choose to share within stories.
Besides the Treelines that accompany each story, there is no way for other users to browse your family tree or otherwise access any of the information it contains.
While we do connect public stories based on the topics you write about (see more below), we do not link family trees together. There is no way for other users to learn if the people in your tree connect to their tree.
Stories on Treelines can be public or private. By default they are private. You can change your default settings here.
Before you publish your story, you can select the appropriate privacy level using the menu pictured above. You can always change your mind later.
When you tag people in your stories, they will show up in the Treelines that appear at the bottom of every story. You can control how we display their names. By default, we hide the last names of living people and show the last names of dead people. You can change your default settings here.
Before you publish your story, you can select how we display peoples' names using the menu pictured at right. You can always change your mind later. Please remember that this setting only applies to the Treelines—take care as you write your story to include only the appropriate information in the text of your pages.