Watch The T&Cs

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - LETTERS -

Thank you for the very in­for­ma­tive ar­ti­cle com­par­ing MyHer­itage and TheGe­neal­o­gist in the De­cem­ber is­sue. May I draw your read­ers’ at­ten­tion to the sites’ terms and con­di­tions? Nei­ther one al­lows pro­fes­sional re­searchers to use it freely. MyHer­itage pro­hibits this com­pletely, while TheGe­neal­o­gist re­quires a pro­fes­sional sub­scrip­tion to be pur­chased. This costs £199.95 for 12 months for the Gold data­bases, or £399.95 for 12 months for Di­a­mond Pro­fes­sional Premium. Both are for “pro­fes­sional ge­neal­o­gists of­fer­ing a ser­vice to re­search a full fam­ily his­tory not sim­ply look­ing up one or more names on re­quest”.

Even non-pro­fes­sion­als have to be care­ful, as “pro­vid­ing a lookup ser­vice will cause im­me­di­ate sus­pen­sion with­out re­fund. Those proven to be us­ing our ser­vice to pro­vide a look-up ser­vice to oth­ers will be li­able to a charge of £5 per dis­tinct name for which they have searched and £10 for each re­sult viewed.” As search­ing for pay­ment is classed as com­mer­cial, this clause in­cludes look­ing on be­half of a friend or fam­ily mem­ber.

In the case of MyHer­itage, the terms and con­di­tions state that “you are hereby granted a li­cense to use the Ser­vice and its con­tent solely for per­sonal use. The Ser­vice is not in­tended nor li­censed for any com­mer­cial use.” Anne Sher­man, Leaves Fam­ily His­tory Re­search

EDI­TOR REPLIES: Have any read­ers been caught out by these T&Cs?

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