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We want our users to always be aware of any information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.
we respect each site visitor's right to personal privacy. To that end, we collect and use information throughout our website only as disclosed in this Privacy Policy. This statement applies solely to information collected on this website.

This document sets out the details of how the Priestnall Genealogy Website handles the data which identifies its users.

The information we collect is:

  1. used to improve the content of our web pages.
  2. used to notify visitors about updates to our web site.
  3. never shared with other organisations for any purposes unless identified within this policy.
Information We Collect About You
Information about your computer and about your visits to and use of this website (including your IP address, geographical location, browser type, referral source, length of visit, entry & exit points and number of page views)

Information relating to any transactions carried out between you and Priestnall Genealogy Website in relation to the website and operation of the web site.

Information that you provide to us for the purpose of registering with the website (not currently required) including name, email, address, telephone & or mobile number.

Information that you may provide to us for the purpose of subscribing to our website services, email notifications and/or newsletters (including opens, clicks, preference information, email and other contact information)

Any other information that you choose to send to us.

How We Use Your Information
We use “cookies” to enhance your experience of our website.

Cookies are small text files that are set on your computer that help us to recognise you and enable us to provide you with information that's tailored to your preferences.

Most web browsers accept cookies by default but can be changed in your browser settings.You can learn about cookies at www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/

You may also delete existing cookies such as the ones used by our website. If you set your browser to reject cookies, you may still use our website, however certain features especially transactional information may not function correctly, an example being any payment facilities if such are set up.

How We use cookies
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Usage: We use Google Analytics to help identify popular areas of the website, trends, where we might need to improve speed or performance in some way and where our visitors have come from and how they found the website. These cookies have varied lifetimes, some might be set to exist for over a year. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form i.e we cannot tie a particular visitor journey to a name or email.

More info: You can understand more about these cookies via Google's own website at www.google.com

Author: Priestnall Genealogy Website
Cookie name: PHPSESSID
Usage: This cookie may or may not be set for the lifetime of your visit to Priestnall Genealogy Website. It allows us to associate information you save or preferences you set during your visit to the website to ensure smoother browsing. It has a maximum lifetime of one hour after you leave the website but in most cases may expire once your session is complete.

More info: www.php.net

Author: Various
Cookie name: Advertising/behavioural cookies
Usage: We have relationships with selected advertisers who may set cookies to collect information about your browsing habits in order to make advertising relevant to you and your interests. The data contained in the cookie is anonymous and doesn't contain any of your personal details. These cookies are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. A guide to behavioural advertising and online privacy has been produced by the internet advertising industry.

More info: www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/ The guide contains an explanation of the IAB's self regulatory scheme to allow you greater control of the advertising you see.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit

Legal Basis of Personal Data Processing
You do not have to give us any personal information in order to use the website. However, in order to use certain functions on the website in the future or receive certain information from us, you may have to register and provide information about yourself.

We may use your information to contact you either to fulfil a specific request or to verify any information supplied by you. We will only contact you on unrelated matters if you consent to us doing so. You may withdraw this consent by following the instructions at the bottom of each email communication or by using a self-service facility if available.

Priestnall Genealogy Website takes every precaution to protect your information and will not pass any of this information onto a 3rd party without prior written consent.

When users submit personal information to the website, this information is protected both online and offline. However, it remains your responsibility to protect any passwords and protect against unauthorised access.

How We Share This Data
The websites may refer to or contain links to other websites. Please note that each company, organisation or public body operates its own policy regarding the use of personal information and cookies. If you have a particular interest in, or concern regarding the way this will be used then you are advised to read the policy on the relevant website. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of other websites and this Privacy Policy applies solely to the personal information collected by Priestnall Genealogy Website.

We will not sell, share or rent your information to a third party other than as described in this Policy.

We may provide to third parties non-specific aggregated demographic information such as encrypted database lists, website visitor totals and the average length of website visits. This information is not linked to any personally-identifiable information. Your data would only ever be analysed or profiled through encrypted and protected data, which only identifies broad statistics. This enables us to create efficiencies in  tailoring messaging to my existing users and potential users across the genealogy network.

If all of the assets of which Priestnall Genealogy uses to operate the website (or substantially all of them) are transferred by virtue of a new owner, we may transfer your information to that owner.

Priestnall Genealogy Website reserves the right to disclose any personal information to a third party where there is a legal duty or requirement to do so.

On Site Data
As you will be aware there is a large amount of Priestnall genealogical data stored on this site. This data is transcribed from various sources and generally freely available on the web. If you see any data that is of a nature that it should not be disclosed, i.e. details of any living person, please inform us and it will be immediately rectified.

Notification of Changes
If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to

  • this privacy policy.

Conflict Resolution
We are committed to resolving disputes concerning issues with the websites within 48 to 72 hours.

If problems arise, users may contact us by

  • email only.

Contact Information
If site users have any questions or suggestions regarding our privacy policy, please contact us as below.


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Updated – 25th May 2018
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