Privacy Policy


Updated 3 August 2018

I recognise that your privacy is important. This document outlines the types of personal information I receive and collect when you use Irish-Genealogy-Toolkit.com and IrishGenealogyNews.com, as well as some of the steps I take to safeguard information. This will help you make an informed decision about sharing personal information with me.

As the sole manager of Irish-Genealogy-Toolkit.com and IrishGenealogyNews.com  (referred to collectively below as IGT.com) I strive to maintain the highest standards of decency, fairness and integrity in all my operations. Likewise, I am committed to protecting your data and privacy.

About Cookies

Cookies and web beacons are small chunks of data created by a web server.

They arrive via your web browser (ex. Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc) and are stored on your computer. 

Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences. They prevent you having to re-enter your information on certain website from scratch each time you visit that site.

I use cookies on Irish-Genealogy-Toolkit.com and IrishGenealogyNews.com to help me identify and track visitors, their use of my website and blog, and their access preferences.

Google Analytics cookies

Irish-Genealogy-Toolkit.com and IrishGenealogyNews.com use Google Analytics to analyze the use of these sites. Google Analytics collects demographic and interest data, and generates statistical and other information about website/blog use, by means of cookies. These cookies are kept on your computer. I share this analytical information with Google, which stores and use this information on its servers. Google's privacy policy is available at https://policies.google.com/privacy.

Irish-Genealogy-Toolkit.com and IrishGenealogyNews.com use information from Google Analytics to track the number of visits to the websites, browsers and operating systems.

A cookie only gives me the data you choose to share with me. NO personally identifiable information is obtained from these cookies.

I use the information that Google Analytics generates relating to my websites to create reports about the use of the sites. These reports allow me to update the sites and improve your usage of them.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the websites (see further down).

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

Advertising Cookies

I use third-party advertising companies to serve ads on my websites. These companies use cookies and web beacons in their ads to ascertain how many times you've seen an advertisement. We share this information with these companies, but do not provide them with any personally identifiable information for cookie or web beacon use, so they cannot personally identify you with that information from our websites.

You may opt out of personalized ads for over 125 different ad networks. Click here to do that.

Affiliate products and services

I receive an affiliate commission for some, but not all, of the  products/services mentioned or promoted on Irish-Genealogy-Toolkit.com and IrishGenealogyNews.com. This commission is small, but helps to offset some of the costs of managing, hostingand updating two large sites.

When I mention these products/services or include a relevant advert of a product/service, I do so only if I have used their product/service and am comfortable to recommend their product/service to other researchers.   

By clicking on a product or service link, you consent to that platform's use of cookies, as outlined in the documents linked to here:

Refusing cookies - you have a choice

Examples of browsers are Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer.

Most browsers allow you to choose how cookies are handled by your device via your browser settings. Browsers mentioned above allow you:

a) to accept all cookies
b) to notify you when a cookie is issued
c) to not receive cookies at any time

Taking this action should not cause a problem with the continued use of my site. Consult the Help section of your browser for guidance on how to refuse all cookies or to notify you when a cookie is requested.

If you choose to refuse cookies from Irish-Genealogy-Toolkit.com or IrishGenealogyNews.com, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the site.

Personally identifiable information

Irish-Genealogy-Toolkit.com and IrishGenealogyNews.com may collect and use your personal information for the following purposes:

  • to run and operate the sites
  • to display content on the sites correctly
  • to understand how users as a group use the services and resources provided on these sites
  • to improve the sites
  • to improve my products and services
  • to respond to your enquiries, questions, and/or other requests

Irish-Genealogy-Toolkit.com and IrishGenealogyNews.com may collect personally identifiable information from you in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, when you visit my site or fill out the contact form.

  • If you complete a form, I will require your name and your email address, and will ask for information relevant to the purpose of the form.
  • If you purchase a product from IGT.com, the sale will be handled by my online sales facilitator, ejunkie. All sales are through PayPal (you do not need an account). Your billing address and credit card details are not shared with me.
  • Irish-Genealogy-Toolkit.com and IrishGenealogyNews.com lets you share content with your friends and followers on various social media platforms. Below are links to the privacy policies of:

You can always refuse to supply personally identifiable information and visit my sites anonymously. However, it may prevent you from engaging in certain site-related activities.

If I make material changes in the collection of personally identifiable information, I will inform you by placing a notice on my sites. I will use personal information received from you for internal purposes only and will not sell it or provide it to third parties.

I also collect each visitor's IP address, which helps us combat spam and fraud. I do not use IP addresses for any other purpose.

Irish-Genealogy-Toolkit.com and IrishGenealogyNews.com contains links to other websites that may be of interest to you. However, once you have used them to leave my sites, I do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, I cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information you provide while visiting such sites. These sites are not governed by this privacy statement. Always exercise caution by reviewing the privacy statement of the website in question before continuing to use it.

Non-personally identifiable information

I may collect non-personally identifiable information about you whenever you interact with my sites. Non-personally identifiable information may include the browser name, the type of computer and technical information about your method of connecting to my sites, such as the operating system and the Internet service provider you used, and other similar information.

Children's Online Privacy Protection Act

My websites are directed to adults. They are not directed to children under the age of 16. I operate my sites in compliance with current regulations. Anyone under the age of 16 must provide parental consent to use these sites. I do not knowingly collect or use personally identifiable information from anyone under 16 years of age.

Release of information

If I sell one of my sites (Irish-Genealogy-Toolkit.com  and IrishGenealogyNews.com), the information I have obtained from you through your voluntary participation in that site may transfer to the new owner as a part of the sale so that the service provided to you may continue. In that event, you will receive notice through my site of that change in control and practices, and I will make reasonable efforts to ensure that the purchaser honours any opt-out requests you might make.

Data storage

Personally identifiable information and non-personally identifiable information collected by this site  is stored on the host's servers. That host is SiteSell Inc, located at 1000 Saint-Jean Boulevard, Suite 702, Pointe-Claire, QC H9R 5P1 Canada.

Third-party services

Irish-Genealogy-Toolkit.com uses only one third-party service – ejunkie. This is to enable payments for and delivery of my own e-products. See 'Personally Identifiable  Information' above for a link to ejunkie's privacy policy. IrishGenealogyNews.com does not use any third-party service.

How you can correct or remove information

I provide this privacy policy as a statement to you of my commitment to protect your personally identifiable information. If you have submitted personally identifiable information through my website and would like to download and review that information, click on this link.

You can also request to edit or delete any of your information from the servers by clicking on this link.

I will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless required by law to do so.

Updates and effective date

Irish-Genealogy-Toolkit.com and IrishGenealogyNews.com reserve the right to make changes to this policy. If there is a material change in the sites' cookie and privacy practices, I will indicate on the sites that those practices have changed and provide a link to the updated privacy policy. I encourage you to periodically review this policy so that you will know what information I collect and how I use it.

Your agreement

If you do not agree to Irish-Genealogy-Toolkit.com and IrishGenealogy News.com's privacy policy 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 acceptance of this privacy policy in its entirety.