The reason I’m excited about Rootsfinder is that it resides on the web, so that my family and other researchers can look at all the years of work of done on my family history. With that in mind, I’m trying to figure out how best to share my tree/database with family members. It seems like the two options are
The Invitations feature. My question about this option is, how will the emails I enter into this be used, apart from sending those people the invitation? I don’t mean to sound paranoid or cynical or whatever, I just want to know if I’d be putting my family members on an email list of some kind where they’re going to later get marketing emails. I don’t mind being on any email lists Rootsfinder may have, because I’m interested in the product; I just don’t want to make that choice for my family members who may not like that.
Emailing out the URL of a profile page. I understand that the information of living individuals won’t be visible to people who might click on those links. I was wondering how that would work navigation-wise, since I am the root person in my tree, and I am living. What would someone not logged into a RF account see if they look at my late grandfather’s profile
— will his still-living children not appear in the right-hand “children” column at all? Will they just appear as “(Living person),” etc., and if you click to go to their profile page it will just be blank…? I tried to answer this question for myself by logging out of my RF account and pasting a deceased ancestor’s profile URL into the address bar of another browser (to avoid browser cache hangups), and… it didn’t work. After about a full minute of loading, this was all I saw:
So, those are my questions.