Some Genealogy Sites Closing Due to EU’s General Data Protection Regulation

The following is a message posted to the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies’ mailing list by Jan Meisels Allen:

The IAJGS Records Access Alert has written about the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) numerous times—including how in the Netherlands they are removing certain genealogically-relevant documents from their website due to the GDPR. The GDPR becomes effective May 25, 2018

In DNAeXplained-Genetic Genealogy by Roberta Estes she reports that several genealogical firms are also closing down due to the privacy provisions of and compliance with the GDPR:

World Famous Network, a Y-DNA project is shutting down on May 23rd –two days before the GDPR becomes effective. Ms. Estes says the hosted projects will revert their project pages at FamilyTree DNA but the data that does not come from FamilyTree DNA may be blank.

Y-Search and Mitosearch will close by end of May according to their Forum said a FamilyTree DNA representative. These were databases where one could match actual marker values. While not saying these two are closing due to GDPR, the timing is at least “curious”.

To read the posting see:

To read the previous IAJGS Records Access Alert postings about the European Union’s GDPR, privacy issues , and more go to: You must be registered to access the archives. To register go to: and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which genealogical organization with whom you are affiliated You will receive an email response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be finalized.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


The records from the Netherlands being removed are “Bevolkingregisters” (a census that is updated whenever people die, are born or moved) from the period 1917-1939. Obviously quite a few people alive in 1939 are still alive today, so it makes perfect sense to remove the records.


The site DOES say their “…free, public genetic-genealogy database, will no longer be accessible as a result of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) going into effect on May 25th.”

I just saw that today, the same day I got my discounted ($59 plus tax & shipping, vs. the previous and current $99 plus t & s) DNA test results back, and was going to post the raw data on Y-Search. I did post my data on DNA this morning, so I hope that site doesn’t also shut down — at least not before I connect with some currently unknown ancestors.


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