Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About the Underwood Family Tree Website

  • Where are the Underwood’s from?
  • Why are the ages on a census sometimes different from ages on a registration document?
  • How do I register or log-in to the site?
  • What are the advantages of registering?
  • Is registration free?
  • What can non-registered site visitors see on the site?
  • Why is information on living family members not visible?
  • Can I display a birth or marriage certificate or some other image on my page?
  • How does the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) affect the website?

  • Where are the Underwood’s from?
    • Historically most members of the Underwood family come from Gloucestershire and Derbyshire.  Further information.
  • Why are the ages on a census sometimes different to the ages on a registration document?
    • Census returns and registration documents were not always accurate, and there were many reasons for the discrepancies.
  • How do I register or log-in to the site?
    • Only family members are allowed to register and log-in to the site and the registration form asks for proof of your relationship to the family.  In order to register you must be already named in the family tree, or you must be directly related to someone already named.  All registrations need to be approved by one of the site administrators.
  • What are the advantages in registering?
    • If you are a registered member of the family you will be given your own family tree page, and you will be able to add your own details (birth, schooling, relationships, children, occupation, pictures etc.).
    • The information will not be published whilst you are living without your  permission, but you can choose to make the information visible to anyone or to make it visible only to other registered and logged in members of the family.
    • You can even mix things up and have some paragraphs on the page that anyone can see, other paragraphs that only family members can see, and other paragraphs that only you can see.
    • You need to be aware that, even when you have consented to information being published about yourself, personal information about your childred will never be published without their specific permission.
  • Is registration free?
    • Yes, and it always will be.  We want the family tree to be as complete as possible, so we want as many members of the family as possible to register.
  • What can non-registered members of the public see on the website?
    • Non-registerd members of the public have full access to details of all members of the family tree who have died, but they cannot view any details of living members of the family tree unless those members have given specific permission.
  • Why is information about living members not visible?
    • There are several reasons, but the main three involve confidentiality, security and data-protection.
    • Priests, doctors and counsellors all have a responsibility to keep confidential information private, and we consider that we have the same responsibility of confidentiality.   It is up to individual family members what information they choose to disclose to others, and nobody else has a right to disclose personal information about any other family member.
    • Dates of birth and family relationships are frequently used in telephone banking and other online transactions to prove who you are.  Publishing such details may predjudice your online security.
    • The Data Protection Act 1998 is to be replaced in May 2018 by the General Data Protection Regulation 2018, and there is further information about this below.
  • Can I display a birth or marriage certificate on my page, or some other picture?
    • Not directly, but if you are registered on the site you can access a form and submit images to us.  We will then add the images to your page.
  • How does the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) affect the website?
    • The short answer is that GDPR doesn’t affect the website at all. Article 2 of the GDPR Regulations make it clear that the regulation applies to organisations and does not to an individual. I believe that what this means in practice is that the GDPR Regulations does not affect the Underwood Family Tree website because it is owned by an individual and not by any organisation.
    • That said, as far as living people are concerned, I have restricted information on the website to name, date of birth and location of birth (all of which can be freely obtained from the Government Record Office website). Any living member of the family can register on the website and will have complete editing rights to their own page. They can edit any mistaikes, add additional information, and can choose to make their information visible only to themselves, to themselves and other registered members of the family, or to the general public.