Genetic Genealogy SIG

The Villages Genealogical Society

Privacy Policy

The VGS Genetic Genealogy SIG Privacy Policy is intended to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation of the European Union (EU), also known as GDPR, effective May 25, 2018, in as much as The VGS Genetic Genealogy SIG is affected by it.

We are based in the United States of America (USA). We do not have a physical presence in the EU.

We are strongly supportive of the privacy rights of individuals in all countries. We believe that the provisions of the GDPR constitute good practices for individuals, businesses, nonprofit entities and other organizations.

Our Goals

At The VGS Genetic Genealogy SIG it is our goal to protect your data and privacy.

We value your privacy. This Privacy Policy document lists the types of personal information we collect from and receive from you when you use The VGS Genetic Genealogy SIG, as well as some of the actions we take to safeguard information. We want you to make informed choices regarding sharing personal information with The VGS Genetic Genealogy SIG.

The VGS Genetic Genealogy SIG endeavors to achieve the highest standards of honesty, equity and integrity in all our operations. Accordingly, our commitment is to protect the privacy of our members and/or online visitors to our website.

Who We Are

Our website address is: http://Genetic Genealogy It is a domain hosted within the hosting account of, the primary website of which is known as Lannin Central. These sites are created, maintained, managed, and operated by James R. Lannin, Jr., who hosts this site at no cost to The VGS Genetic Genealogy SIG. Our full name is The Villages Genealogical Society Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group, herein called The VGS Genetic Genealogy SIG. We operate as an educational group under our parent organization, The Villages Genealogical Society, a Section 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization. Our intended audience is our membership, which is composed of residents of The Villages, Florida, who are dues paying members of The Villages Genealogical Society. Additionally, our website may be visited by members of the wider genealogical community. The Villages Genealogical Society reimburses Mr. Lannin for periodic domain fees he pays to the hosting service provider, GoDaddy,com. This site is not operated as a business, and receives no income from advertising, product sales, fees, or any other external source.

How We Use Cookies

A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers), that The VGS Genetic Genealogy SIG stores on your computer, and which your browser provides to The VGS Genetic Genealogy SIG each time you return to the site. These are called “persistent” cookies. We also use “session” cookies, which expire at the end of a user session, when the web browser window is closed. We use cookies to help us identify and track visitors, their use of our website, and their website access preferences.

Embedded Content From Other Websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Google Analytics Cookies

The VGS Genetic Genealogy SIG uses Google Analytics to analyze the use of this website. Google Analytics collects demographic and interest data, and generates   statistical and other information about website use, by means of cookies. These cookies are kept on your computer. We share this information with Google, which will store and use this information on its servers. Google’s privacy policy is available at Google Privacy Policy.

The VGS Genetic Genealogy SIG uses information from Google Analytics to track the number of visits to the website, browsers and operating systems. These cookies contain no personally identifiable information. We use the information that Google Analytics provides us about our website to create reports about site usage. These reports give us information which contributes to our making decisions about ways we might continue to update the site and make changes to improve how you can use it.

If you do not wish your data to be collected via Google Analytics its opt-out browser extension or add-on can be installed via this GAO opt out link.

Accepting or Refusing Cookies

You can set your browser to accept or refuse all cookies automatically, or notify you when a cookie is being requested. This should not affect the continued use of our site. If you choose to refuse The VGS Genetic Genealogy SIG’s cookies, you may not be able to benefit fully from the interactive features of the site.

For help on your browser, click on the appropriate link for guidance on how to refuse all cookies or to notify you when a cookie is requested:


Personally Identifiable Information

The VGS Genetic Genealogy SIG may collect and use the personal information which you provide to us for the following purposes:

  • To operate our website.
  • To correctly display content on the website.
  • To develop and maintain a high quality of customer service.
  • To allow us to offer more efficient customer service and support.
  • To provide a more personal level of user experience.
  • To foster our awareness of how our users in general use the service and resource features available on our website.
  • To improve the design and function of our website.
  • To develop better products and services.
  • To operate special site activities such as:
    • contests
    • promotions
    • surveys
    • other similar activities
  • To send information to you that you previously authorized, and agreed to receive, on subjects we believe will interest you.
  • To send emails to you, such as:
    • autoresponder emails
    • customer service response emails
    • electronic newsletters.

In the course of our normal operations, The VGS Genetic Genealogy SIG may collect personally identifiable information from you in various ways, including, but not limited to:

  • upon visiting our website
  • when registering on the website
  • when filling out a form
  • in relation to other activities, features, resources or services we might make available on our website

If we offer a newsletter, we will ask you for your name and will need your email address to send the newsletter to you.

If you complete a form, you will need to give us your name and your email address, and other information which we request relevant to the purpose of the form.

If you submit content to us for our website, you will need to give us your name and email address. Photos which you include with your submission, or details included in your submission, may personally identify you.

If you ask us to notify about comments made on any content you submit to us, or ask us to notify you when others submit content, you will need to give us your name and your email address.

This site allows you to share content with your friends and followers on a number of social media platforms. Below are links to the privacy policies of each platform:

At any time, you can make the choice to refuse to supply personally identifiable information and therefore visit our site anonymously. However, it may prevent you from engaging in certain site-related activities, thereby limiting the quality of your personal experience.

If we make material changes in the way we collect personally identifiable information, we will inform you by placing a notice on our site. We will only use personal information received from you for internal purposes. We will not sell personal information or share it with third parties.

The VGS Genetic Genealogy SIG also collects the IP address of each visitor, for the purpose of combating spam and fraud. This is the only way we use IP addresses.

As part of our content, The VGS Genetic Genealogy SIG contains links to other websites that you may find of interest. Please be aware that once you click on one of these links, and leave our website, we have no control over that other website. Because of this, we are not responsible for the protection and privacy of any information you provide to others while visiting any such sites. These sites are not covered by this Privacy Policy document. Always be careful and review the Privacy Policy document of such a website before using the site.

Non-personally Identifiable Information

We may collect non-personally identifiable information about you every time you log onto our site. Such information may include the browser name, the type of computer and technical information about the way you connect to our site, such as the operating system and the Internet service provider you used, and other similar information.

Children’s Privacy Protection

This website is directed to adults. It is not intended for children under the age of 18. We operate our site in compliance with current regulations. Anyone under the age of 18 must provide parental consent to use this site. We do not knowingly collect or use personally identifiable information from anyone under 18 years of age.

Release of Information

If we sell The VGS Genetic Genealogy SIG, the information you have provided to us voluntarily while interacting with our website may transfer to the new owner as a part of the sale, so that the service we provided to you may continue uninterrupted. In the event of a sale, you will receive notice through our website of that change in control and operating procedures, and we will make reasonable efforts to ensure that the purchaser honors any opt-out requests you might make.

Data Storage

Personally identifiable information and non-personally identifiable information collected by this site is stored on our hosting provider’s servers. That host is:, LLC, Attn: Office of the Data Protection Officer, 14455 North Hayden Road, Suite 219, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 USA.

How You Can Correct or Remove Information

If you wish to review your information stored on the servers for The VGS Genetic Genealogy SIG, click on this link . You can also edit, download or delete any of your information from the servers by clicking on that link.

This Privacy Policy document outlines the commitment we make to you to protect your personally identifiable information. If you have submitted personally identifiable information to our website and would like to update that information or have it deleted from our records, click on this Opt-Out Link.

Updates and Effective Date

The VGS Genetic Genealogy SIG reserves the right to make changes in this policy at any time. If there is a material change in our cookie and privacy practices, we will inform you on our site that those practices have changed and provide a link to the updated privacy policy. We encourage you to periodically review this policy so that you will know what information we collect and how we use it.

This Privacy Policy is effective on, and was first published on June 15, 2018.

Agreeing to Terms

If you do not agree to the Privacy Policy of The VGS Genetic Genealogy SIG as posted here on this website, please do not consent to the setting of cookies and the collection and storage of your personally identifiable information.

Your explicit consent indicates your acceptance of this Privacy Policy in its entirety.

Last updated: June 15, 2018


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