Privacy Policy

WorldFamilies' Privacy Statement. We give priority to protecting your privacy and to the confidentiality of your personal data. In particular we will not publish your name, e-mail address or other contact details, or share this information with any other project member or other person or organisation without your specific written approval. The only personal data we hold is that relevant to meeting the published goals of our Project, and which has been made available to us by DNA testing companies, in the same format as they make it available to you, or which you have given us direct by e-mail or by post. We hold this data indefinitely or until you request its deletion, and publish anonymized data regularly on this Project website ( where you may see its current status.  We will be pleased to correct any errors in your personal data that you bring to our attention. At your request at any time we will promptly remove your data from our project files. However we cannot retrieve data that has previously been posted in the public domain. In our administration of this project we endeavour to comply with the most recent guidance issued by ISOGG ( and by FTDNA (, and with the Genetic Genealogy Standards ( We endeavor to respond promptly to any queries or complaints you may make about our handling of your personal data for this Project. However you should be aware that some of your concerns may be better forwarded direct to the relevant DNA testing company. 


For the past 14 years, we have provided Forums for researchers to share their family pedigrees and contact information and we have listed the researcher who provides the family pedigree and their email address on the Patriarch page.  Where we could, we connected the pedigree and project number - to make the DNA results meaningful.  Note: we cannot retrieve data that has previously been posted in the public domain. 

We do not provide a participant's name or contact information to other researchers - but will pass on a query or request for contact.  

We do not sell any information and only share it for the purposes as intended - for genealogy research. 

We will not share with others your email address or your friend's email address when you use the "Tell a Friend" feature.

If you have any concerns about our approach or have special concerns or needs, you can contact us at and we'll find a way to address your concerns and needs.