Short Family Tree

a global one name study on the history and genealogy of the short surname

 Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Terms of Use

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Please read the following carefully. The term "Website" refers to this website titled "Short Family Tree"

Reviewed and updated 13 June 2012

Privacy Policy

The primary objective in genealogy is to identify all ancestors and descendants in a particular family tree and to collect personal data on them. As a minimum, this data includes the individual's name and the date/location of birth, marriage, and death. In order to support research by other genealogists, this data is often published on internet genealogy websites.

As a genealogist, therefore, I may have collected much personal information on you and your family from a variety of sources. The privacy of this information is important to me and I assure you there is a privacy policy in place for the Website.

Most of us would prefer not to have to worry about our personal data but, in this day and age, we must use caution to prevent misuse of the information. Identity theft and credit fraud are the worst problems. There is concern that information distributed to distant relatives or put on a genealogy websites makes it easier for unscrupulous individuals to commit invasions of privacy or other frauds. However, the personal information that the identity thieves and credit fraud perpetrators want are full names, social security numbers, tax file numbers, dates and places of birth, current occupation/employment data, and bank/credit card account numbers. One or two facts alone (e.g., your name and/or your mother's maiden name) are not enough information to cause damage.

Names and Relationships

I have implemented this Website to display only the word 'living' in place of initial and last name of living individuals with no other details about birth, etc. Full names and details are displayed only if there is a date of death or if they were born more than 100 years ago. If you are aware that someone is living and their information is being shown here, please let me know so I can remedy the situation.

Note: Only members who have an account with this Website will be permitted to view detailed information about living individuals, but only in their corresponding branch of their family.

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Photographs of living individuals are considered personal data and are normally suppressed. However, if the individual so chooses, a photograph can be tagged as "always visible." Before any photograph can be included in this Website, permission is obtained from the owner of a photograph. Permission is also obtained from living individuals in a photograph if:

  • they are identified in the caption/description or

  • they can be identified through deductive reasoning using names/relationships found elsewhere.

The statement "Used with Permission" after the owner's name identifies compliance with these requirements.

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Personal Data Suppression

To insure the privacy of living individuals, our internet genealogy website always suppresses the personal data of living individuals from viewing by the general public. Personal data includes, but is not limited to, birth/marriage dates/locations, photographs, notes, and biographies.

Note: If a person does not want their personal data to reside in a website server database in spite of password protection, that individual and linked descendants cannot be accommodated by the security program. They are reluctantly excluded from the Website.

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Personal Data Access

Personal data access is restricted to members who must login to view normally suppressed personal data for living individuals. When registering for your user account, you must indicate how you are related to tyat family. A branch to those individuals will be created in the database, allowing member to only see living information for individuals within said branch. If you are not related, you will not be granted access.

You must limit access to your account to your current spouse and minor children. Other family members desiring access should register for their own accounts.

Note: If individuals do not want their suppressed personal data accessed by anyone, the security design allows a "lock" to be placed on their data. This does, however, preclude registration of that individual.

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Personal Data Security

Original data given to me in trust (personal information, e-mail/street addresses, phone numbers, etc.) is not provided to others unless your approval is first obtained. You should be aware, however, that most of this information is public domain and may be readily available to others using internet search engines (e.g., Yahoo People Search,,

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Terms of Use

This Website ( is owned and operated by Murray Short, 179 Swallow Drive, Erskine Park, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA. The term "you" will refer to any person viewing the Website content using the URL The Website contains copyrighted material and other proprietary information including, but not limited to, text, photos, and graphics. Materials taken from the public domain continue to be in the public domain. Materials submitted by third parties are covered by their original copyrights. All other Website content, including the title logo, is copyrighted as a collective work under the Australian copyright laws and all rights are reserved.

All of the pages located within the domain, are accessible to the public for free without charges or fees of any kind, with the exception of access to data on living persons which is allowed only to approved members.

The information on this site is intended to be freely used by researchers for personal, non-commercial use that is not meant to generate income or money.

Unless otherwise indicated, all of the transcriptions and other research located on this site have been undertaken by myself, operator of the Website. Aside from the exceptions already noted, I reserve all rights to the information on the Website.

Note: It is expressly forbidden for anyone to charge for access to these pages, or to provide the information contained on them to anyone for any kind of fee or charge, or to use them in a commercial manner.

If you have been charged a fee to access these pages, or know of a site that is doing so, or that is reproducing information from this site for a fee, please contact me using the link at the bottom of the page.


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By using this site, you agree to the following terms of use and any changes thereto:

  • This Website is for the personal use of the members listed herein. Use by others is limited to the purpose of genealogical research. The content of this site cannot be used for any sort of unsolicited mail or commercial purposes.

  • Members must not share their user name and password with anyone except their current spouse and minor children. They also agree not to share personal data of living individuals accessible through use of that password without the express permission of the individuals concerned.

  • Individual images may be copied by family members for their personal use. General distribution, including use on other websites, is prohibited by copyright law unless permission is obtained from the owner of the photo, living individuals in the photo (if identifiable), and the site owner.

  • Biographies and documents may be copied by family members for their personal use. General distribution (including use on other websites) is prohibited by copyright law unless permission is obtained from the site owner.

  • In the event of permitted copying or distribution of copyrighted material, no changes in, or deletion of, author attribution or copyright notice shall be made. You acknowledge that you do not acquire any ownership rights by downloading copyrighted material.

  • You agree to give appropriate credit for any material from this Website that you use in a written document, genealogical database, or website of your own. You agree to include a link to our site on any genealogical web page of yours that makes use of the content on this site.

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  • Should the owner of any copyrighted materials found on this website object to its use, please contact us and we will remove it.

  • If you believe you have not been properly credited for material you own or have submitted to us, please let us know and we will correct it immediately.

  • Every effort has been made to ascertain the accuracy of the data. However, since some of the information was provided by others without documented sources, there is the possibility of errors. Neither the Website, nor its owner, can be held responsible for the accuracy of any content or material found on or linked to our site. Furthermore, you agree not to hold the Website nor the owner responsible for any issues that may arise from the inaccuracy of the content on this site.

  • This database contains information that has been proved as well as information that is speculative and in the process of being proved or disproved. Do not take everything you find here (or in any other online database) as absolutely factual.

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  • If you have comments or suggestions about these terms or our privacy policy, please contact us.

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