Who We Are
The Austin Families Association, forerunner of the Austin Families Association of America (AFAOA), was founded by siblings Edith Austin Moore and Henry Warner Austin in 1942. AFAOA is a private, non-commercial genealogy group whose mission is to research and preserve genealogical data relating to all Austin family lines who came to North America, and to make that information freely available to interested researchers.
The data in our database were initially compiled manually and published in book form. In the 1990s volunteers entered as much data as possible into early versions of genealogy software; it has been transferred from program to program via GEDCOM since that time. We are currently using a software package known as the Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding (TNG). TNG allows us to control access to our databases to prevent data-mining by web robots or "bots". We do not knowingly display or distribute genealogical information on living persons without that person's expressed consent. If you believe that data on a living person is being displayed, please contact the Webmaster.
User Information We Collect
We only ask for a user's name, email address, and password when registering on the site. (All other registration information--such as address--is optional.) We require a valid email address only to verify that a person (not a 'bot') is registering, and to notify users if we detect any potential data breach. Note that all passwords are "one-way encrypted"; the Webmaster cannot read anyone's password.
We do no internet marketing other than being available via search engines. We do not send newsletters to non-members. We don't give, sell, or rent email addresses or other member data to anyone.
TNG provides a convenience feature called "Bookmarks", which allows the user to bookmark pages for future reference. These Bookmarks rely on persistent cookies. You may delete the cookies at any time, but will lose your bookmarks. Use of Bookmarks is entirely optional. AFAOA has no access to these cookies; they reside on your machine only. Bookmarks must be set separately on each browser you use.
AFAOA does not use any third-party marketing or tracking cookies.
This policy was last updated May 14, 2023.