Privacy Policy

Hazel Pierce is registered with the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) as a data controller under the Data Protection Act 1998. Registration Number: ZA213015.

On 25 May 2018 the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) came into force. The History House is aware of its responsibilities under the new GDPR legislation and adheres to its requirements.

Genealogy and Family History research involves receiving and discovering personal information about ancestors and sometimes about living individuals. This Privacy Policy explains what personal information The History House holds and how this is stored. Personal information is provided to us for the purpose of completing historical research and to construct family trees. This personal information may include: names, dates of birth, postal addresses, e-mail addresses, telephone numbers. This personal information is held in confidence and will never be released to any third party without your express permission, unless we are required to release such data under a legal requirement. Information will be retained for the purpose of providing you with further copies of family trees, research reports or the continuation of your research at your request. However, this information will be removed from our records should you request it. You have the right to request a copy of the personal information that The History House holds about you and to request that the information is updated and any inaccuracies corrected. Digital information held by The History House is stored on our own computers and is regularly backed-up. The operating systems of these computers are kept up to date, they have a robust anti-virus programme, a firewall and are password protected.

Our e-mail provider is 1&1 Internet Limited. Company registration no. 03953678. Information provided to us via e-mail is held on the provider’s servers which are located within the EU.

Hardcopy information held by The History House is stored in locked filing cabinets.

The History House privacy is available to download as a PDF file.

What personal data we collect via the website and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

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 tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

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