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Privacy Policy

Technology offers the Western New York Genealogical Society exciting tools that help us deliver on our mission and better serve our members and the larger genealogical community.  Our Society takes privacy seriously. We will never sell, share, or otherwise provide your personal information to other people, companies, or entities without your knowledge or permission (unless required by law). 


Why We Collect Certain Data:

We collect Non-Personal and Personal Information for the following purposes:

1.              To support the work and mission of the Society;

2.              To process requests, memberships, product/service orders, and donations by site users; 

3.              To provide our site users with ongoing customer and technical support;

4.              To be able to contact our members and site users with general and personalized information,     updates, and other promotional messages;

5.              To create compiled statistical data and other aggregated and/or inferred Non-Personal Information, which we or our business partners may use to provide and improve our respective services; 

6.              To comply with any applicable laws and regulations.


What Data We Collect:

While providing information and services through its website, the Western New York Genealogical Society may ask you to disclose voluntarily certain information about yourself and, sometimes, your household. This “Personal Identifiable Information” (PII) consists of both information supplied by you (e.g., your name, email address, mailing address, and telephone number) and information collected about how you engage with our website. When logged into our website, we receive, collect, and store the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet; login; email address; password; computer and connection information; purchase history (e.g., membership sign-ups/renewals, product/service purchases, and donations); and program registration information. 


The Society also collects other “Non-Personal Information,” which is anonymous and contains no specific names, contact information, credit card information, or other individual data. We use this data to measure and analyze aggregated user demographics, traffic and usage patterns, and session information, including page response times, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information, and methods of browsing away from a page. In such cases, the data are used for internal analysis and improvement and shared only with the leadership team and relevant business partners.  


The Platform:

The Society’s website is hosted on the platform. Their software and technical infrastructure allow us to provide our memberships, products, services, and resources online. Your data may be stored on’s data storage, databases, and general applications. All data is saved on secure servers behind a firewall.


Financial Transactions:

All direct payment gateways offered by and used by WNYGS adhere to the standards set by PCI-DSS as managed by the PCI Security Standards Council, which is a joint effort of brands like Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. PCI-DSS requirements help ensure the secure handling of credit card information by our store and its service providers. As part of this processing, our website integrates with PayPal processing for its secure payment and donation transactions. 


External Links:

While fulfilling our mission, WNYGS may share links to other organizations, entities, and resources on our website and in publications. The Society holds no responsibility for the privacy policies, practices, or content associated with these websites.



If you would like to: access, correct, amend, or delete any personal information we have about you, please contact us at or mail a written request to:


Western New York Genealogical Society

Attn: Webmaster

PO Box 338

Hamburg, New York 14075-0338



We reserve the right to modify this privacy policy at any time. Changes and clarifications will take effect immediately upon their posting on the website. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here that it has been updated.

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