More About GenDatabase
GenDatabase.com is a South African Genealogy research initiative offering Genealogy Researchers, or any person interested in his or her family history, access to transcribed Genealogy records held in our databases for historical and research purposes. Our services are made available to users out of public interest, for historical, statistical and research purposes.
GenDatabase.com information is currently being regulated by local South African laws, which include laws such as the Electronic Communications Act, the upcoming Protection of Personal Information Act and the Promotion of Access to Information Act, among others. But, we are also facing other regulation from outside our borders. Since a number of South Africans, whom we may not be aware of who they are, may have obtained citizenship in countries such as the United Kingdom and Europe, we are also regulated by the newly launched General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), entrusting us with the safekeeping of all people within the UK and European Union.
While the majority of our records held on GenDatabase.com relates to deceased individuals, some of our Record Subjects will include information on living individuals. This places us within the ambits of the various laws, locally and abroad, regulating the protection of personal information. Most of our information on Data Subjects comes from documents released by the South African Government, via the National Archives, into the public domain on services such as FamilySearch where all documents relating to living individuals are made publicly available.
These documents may include death notices which contain the names, surnames and date of births of children. There are also millions of marriage certificates made available in the public domain, which consists of names, surnames, identity numbers, addresses and spouse information. In addition, we transcribe information from publicly available documents released by churches which include information from baptism records.
In addition, we also transcribe information from publicly released information in Government Gazettes, which include death notices, spouse information, children names and date of births and more. Similar information is also transcribed from death notices released by the Master of the High Court into the public domain in South Africa.
We collect and process publicly available information, but we do process the data in order to ensure that we only make use of the necessary information in order maintain our goals and protect the Record Subjects from any possible misuse of their information made available on our system. Due to this, we only collect names, surname, date of birth, employment and area information on Data Subjects for Genealogy, Research, Historical and Statistical purposes. We do not maintain or make available any other personal information, included in publicly available records, such as identity numbers, phone numbers, addresses and more.
In collecting the data on Record Subjects for Genealogy, Research, Historical and Statistical purposes, we consider this to be a legitimate process and lawful reason for gathering and maintaining the data in terms of both local and international privacy protection laws.
Since we only transcribe publicly released documents by the South African Government, all the documentation we are accessing in public domain, are furthermore likely to be covered by these laws in various exemptions.
We currently charge users a monthly membership fee that offers unlimited access to our databases. Please see our Member Registration page for more information.
GenDatabase operations is funded by private investors and maintained by a group of Genealogy researchers and administrative personnel. In order to assist us in covering additional costs associated with maintaining this service, we have monetized the online platform with advertising. All income generated from this source is used in covering unplanned expenditure and maintenance of our servers.