Scarce New World: Will Privacy Kill Genealogy?


Summary Details

Length: 60 minutes (flexible)

Summary: Learn the history of privacy and our ancestors and how the changing perceptions of what should and shouldn’t be kept private will have a serious impact on access to records for genealogical research in the future.

Description: Our ancestors lived very public lives – anything they did once they left their home was fodder for public consumption. And thankfully so since we now have access to a multitude of records. But did our ancestors realize that those records would be so easily accessed 100 or more years later? And what about the current move to restrict access to frequently relied-upon records sets – will there be anything left for 22nd century genealogists to research?

Audience Level: Beginner.

Content: 4 pages.


  • The Concept of Privacy
  • How Did Our Ancestors Live?
  • Public Knowledge Then vs. Now
  • Modern Views on Privacy
  • How You Can Save Access to Records
  • Privacy and Genealogy Best Practices

©2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.