Privacy and Security Policy

A Brief Plain-English Overview

For you to be able to order and pay for genealogy research products and services from Genlighten providers, we’ll need you to supply us with an e-mail address, a username and a password.

For payment processing, we'll also ask you to enter a credit or debit card number. However, we do not store credit card data or bank account numbers anywhere on our site or on our servers. We utilize state-of-the-art industry best practices to protect your confidential financial account information.

Though we collect your e-mail address as part of the registration process, our site is designed so that neither Genlighten clients nor providers should ever need to share contact information with each other in order to carry out research projects and transactions.

Instead, the site provides an internal messaging tool to enable convenient communication between clients and providers without either having to reveal their e-mail address.

Our providers upload each document they find for you and each report they prepare for you in digital form to a secure portion of the site to which only you and the provider have access. Your documents are then stored on our servers for you to download and print out at your convenience.


We want you to feel confident and secure ordering and offering genealogy research products and services through Accordingly, we’ve designed this privacy and security policy to address your use of the site. The policy tells you how we manage and use the personal information that we collect and receive from you.

As a reminder, our Terms of Service specify that you must be 18 years and older to use this site or have permission from a parent or legal guardian. Accordingly, this policy makes the assumption that you fulfill these requirements.

What Information Does Genlighten Collect and What Do We Use it For?

Genlighten collects personal information when you register to access Genlighten research providers or to offer research services through Genlighten. At registration you are asked for your email address. We may use your e-mail address to notify you:

  • When a research provider has accepted or completed one of your research project requests.
  • When payment is due for one of your research projects.
  • When a client submits a new research project request to you (if you’re a research provider).
  • When you receive a new message from a client or provider in your Message Inbox on the site.
  • When you're about to be billed for a monthly Research Provider Plan (if you subscribe to one of our paid Provider Plans).

You may not opt out of these transactional e-mail messages, since they're necessary for timely completion and delivery of the services you have asked Genlighten to provide.

Genlighten will not sell or disclose your e-mail address to third parties without your explicit consent, except as specified in this privacy policy.

If you would like to offer research products or services through our site, Genlighten will ask for your mailing address and phone number so we can contact you if your email address becomes inaccessible for some reason. In order to distribute to you the fees you receive from clients, we will also ask you to input business, personal and financial account information. This data will be shared with our payment services provider (currently Stripe.)

Genlighten automatically receives and records information on our server logs from your browser, including your IP address, cookies, and the pages you request. IP addresses are automatically reported by your browser each time you view a web page. Your IP address is also stored in our user registration databases when you register with us.

Genlighten uses IP cookie, and page navigation information for the following purposes:

  • to assist us in creating changes to our site design that make it easier to use.
  • for billing, identification and authentication (to help us keep track of your order and make sure no one orders anything using your account without your authorization).
  • to block malicious users from spamming the site or intefering with its operation.
  • for anonymized research and reporting (e.g. traffic and volume statistics).

Administrative Communications

Genlighten will send you a welcome/confirmation email when you sign up for our services in order to verify the accuracy of your e-mail address. Receipt of this email and clicking on the included response link is required for using certain features of the site.

Genlighten will send you administrative communications on an occasional basis. In particular, if you are one of our active Research Providers, we will e-mail you occasionally to verify that your e-mail address is current. This helps us insure that we can notify you promptly of incoming research project requests so you’re able to fulfill those requests in a timely manner and receive positive feedback from your clients.

You may not opt-out of these administrative communications, which are not promotional in nature. If you do not wish to receive them, you have the option to deactivate your account by e-mailing from the email address you signed up with.

Service-Related Announcements

Genlighten may periodically e-mail you with service-related announcements, based on options you select on your email preferences page. In particular, if you choose to specify geographic locations where you are conducting research, we may e-mail you to notify you when new research providers become available in those locations.

If you don’t wish to receive service-related messages, simply opt-out by de-selecting the appropriate options on your email preferences page or e-mail us at


A cookie is a small amount of data, often including an anonymous unique identifier, that is sent to your browser from a web site’s computers and stored on your computer’s hard drive. You can configure your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, or notify you when a cookie is set.

If you reject all cookies, you will not be able to use Genlighten products or services that require you to “sign in” and you may not be able to take full advantage of the Genlighten site.

Genlighten uses its own cookies for a number of purposes, including to:

  • access your information when you “sign in”;
  • keep track of preferences you specify;
  • streamline navigation of between various pages of the site
  • estimate and report Genlighten’s total audience size and traffic;
  • conduct research to improve Genlighten’s content and services.

We may also make use of third-party cookies for analytics and marketing purposes, including showing you targeted online advertising. You will be asked for your explicit consent before such cookies are set, and you can revoke that consent at any time by contacting us at

Information Sharing and Disclosure

When you post a research project request or other message, your Genlighten username is visible to other users. If you post personal information online (such as your e-mail address) that is accessible to the public, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return. Genlighten will not share your contact information with other Genlighten users or research providers.

Genlighten will not rent or sell personal information about you to marketers or unaffiliated third parties. We may share your data with trusted entities, as explained below, but only as specified in this Privacy and Security Policy to provide products or services you have requested and only with your explicit permission.

Without limiting the above, in an effort to respect your privacy and Genlighten’s ability to keep the community free from bad actors, Genlighten will not otherwise disclose your personal information to law enforcement, other government officials, or other third parties without a subpoena, court order, legal process, or substantially similar legal procedure, except when Genlighten believes in good faith that the disclosure of information is necessary to protect Genlighten’s rights, prevent imminent physical harm or financial loss, or to report suspected illegal activity.

Genlighten may be required to disclose personally identifiable information under special circumstances, such as to comply with subpoenas or when your actions violate the Genlighten Terms of Use. It may be necessary to share information in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, or violations of Genlighten’s Terms of Use, as specified in this Privacy Policy or as otherwise required by law.

Genlighten may share aggregated demographic information with business partners.

Genlighten will transfer information about you if Genlighten is acquired by or merged with another company. In this event, Genlighten will notify you by email or by putting a prominent notice on the Genlighten web site before information about you is transferred and becomes subject to a different privacy policy.

Genlighten limits access to personal information about you to employees who Genlighten believes reasonably need to come into contact with that information to provide products or services to you or in order to do their jobs. Your Genlighten Account Information is password-protected.

Provider Profile

If you register as one of Genlighten’s Research Providers, we encourage you to provide background information on your provider profile page so potential clients can evaluate your expertise and experience. However, you should be aware that any personally identifiable information you submit there can be read, collected, or used by others and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. Genlighten is not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit on your provider profile page.

Third Parties

Except as otherwise expressly included in this Privacy and Security Policy, this document addresses only the use and disclosure of information Genlighten collects from you. If you disclose your information to others, whether they are clients or research providers on Genlighten or across the internet, different rules may apply to their use or disclosure of the information you disclose to them.

Genlighten does not control the privacy policies of third parties, and you are subject to the privacy policies of those third parties where applicable.

Key third parties that Genlighten utilizes and with whom we may share certain data you provide include:

  • Stripe (for payment processing and provider subscription plan billing)
  • Google Analytics (for understanding site traffic and to facilitate targeted advertising of Genlighten services)

The respective privacy and security policies of these services are linked above.

Editing and Deleting Account Information

You can change your Genlighten Account Information (except your username), at any time. If your personally identifiable information changes you may correct or update it by making the change on your Genlighten Profile page and Account page.

You may delete your personal data or deactivate your account by emailing Customer Support at or by postal mail at the contact information listed below. Genlighten will respond to your request within 5 business days. Please note that your identification, billing and contact information may remain in Genlighten’s records for some period. Where we retain data, we do so to comply with tax, accounting, and financial reporting obligations that are imposed by applicable law.


The security of your personal information is important to us. When you enter sensitive information (such as a password or credit card number) Genlighten encrypts that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). Genlighten follows generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once Genlighten receives it.

No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. Therefore, while Genlighten strives to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, Genlighten cannot guarantee its absolute security. If you have any questions about security on Genlighten, you can email us at

About the Genealogical and Historical Documents Our Researchers Provide

To help get the records to you that our providers discover as quickly as possible, Genlighten asks its providers to scan records they retrieve and deliver them to you in the form of digital images uploaded to the site. Only you and the research provider have access to these images through your respective password-protected accounts.

Changes to this Privacy and Security Policy

If this privacy and security policy is changed, Genlighten will post those changes so that you are aware of them. We reserve the right to modify this privacy and security statement at any time. If we make material changes to this policy you will be notified here, by email, or other places we deem appropriate.


If you have questions or suggestions regarding this privacy policy you can contact us at You can also write us at:

Genlighten Customer Support
26895 Aliso Creek Rd, #B-915
Aliso Viejo, California 92656

Last Updated on 25 May, 2018.