Privacy Policy

Who we are

Old Roots Genealogy is a hobby website run by Sharon from Cumbria in the United Kingdom. The website address is: You can contact me using the form on the contact page or directly by email if you prefer.


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 anonymised 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.

Contact Form

The site use the Contact Form 7 plugin to manage contact form submissions. When a visitor uses the contact form, we collect the data provided (name and email address), and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. This information is stored on the servers at our webhost (TSOHost). We do not share it with it anyone else. It is used solely to reply to messages.


If you leave a comment on the 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.

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 recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

If you use the contact form, we do not set any time limit on how long we store the information in case we need it for further communication with you. However, if you require the data to the removed, please contact me.

What rights you have over your data

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 using the Antispam Bee plugin.

Contact Information

If you wish to contact me directly, rather than via the contact form, about any privacy issues please use this address.