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Your privacy is a top priority for Genes Reunited. We are dedicated to looking after your Personal Information in a way you feel is 100% safe and secure, handling it in a responsible manner and complying with data protection laws. This website www.genesreunited.co.uk is managed by Findmypast Limited (FMP), a company registered in England and Wales no. 04369607, having its registered offices at The Glebe, 6 Chapel Place, Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3DQ.

What are cookies? Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile device by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. We use cookies to store certain information such as searches and to present personalised content.

How can I control my cookies?

Browser settings. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies and similar technologies, but if you prefer, you can change your browser settings to do the following:

  • Delete all cookies;
  • Block all cookies;
  • Allow all cookies;
  • Block third-party cookies;
  • Clear all cookies when you close the browser;
  • Open a 'private browsing' / 'incognito' session, which allows you to browse the internet without storing local data; and
  • Install add-ons and plug-ins to extend browser functionality.

For more information on controlling cookies using different browsers, see Browser controls below.

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Type of Cookies

We use the following types of cookies on our website:

Necessary . These are cookies which are essential for our websites to run. They include for example, cookies that allow you to remain logged into our website. Without these cookies, parts of our websites would not function. These cookies do not track where you have been on the internet and do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing purposes.

Functional . These cookies are used to remember your preferences on our websites and to provide enhanced, more personal features. Functional cookies do not track your internet usage or gather information which could be used for selling advertising, but they do help with serving advertising.

Analytical . Analytical performance cookies are used to monitor the performance of our websites, for example, to determine the number of page views and the number of unique users a website has. Web analytics services may be designed and operated by third parties. The information provided by these cookies allows us to analyse patterns of user behaviour. We use that information to enhance your user experience or to identify areas of the website that may require maintenance. The information may include your member key, which is an internal identifier for all users. The information is used only for statistical purposes and will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.

Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet use. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

Advertising . These cookies, which may be placed on your device by us or our trusted third-party service providers, remember that you have visited a website and use that information to provide you with advertising which is tailored to your interests. This is often called online behavioural advertising (OBA) and is done by grouping together shared interests based upon web browsing history. Your web browsing history can be used to infer things about you (e.g. your age, gender etc.), and this information may also be used to make advertising on websites more relevant to you. Without these cookies, online advertisements you encounter will be less relevant to you and your interests. If you would like more information about OBA, including how to opt out of these cookies, see the section above, ‘How can I control my cookies’.

Where we associate personal information with necessary cookies, we process this information only for the purpose of our legitimate interest. Where we associate personal information with all other kinds of cookies, we process this information on the basis of your consent.

Browser Controls

The effect of disabling cookies depends on which cookies you disable but, in general, the website may not operate properly if all cookies are switched off. If you only disable third-party cookies, you will not be prevented from making purchases of subscriptions on our website. If you disable all cookies, you will be unable to complete a purchase of a subscription on our website.

If you want to disable cookies on our site, you need to change your website browser settings to reject cookies. How you can do this will depend on the browser you use. Further details on how to disable cookies for the most popular browsers are set out below:

For Microsoft Internet Explorer:

  1. 1. Choose the menu “tools” then “Internet Options”
  2. 2. Click on the “privacy” tab
  3. 3. Select the setting the appropriate setting

For Google Chrome:

  1. 1. Choose Settings> Advanced
  2. 2. Under "Privacy and security," click “Content settings”.
  3. 3. Click “Cookies”

For Safari:

  1. 1. Choose Preferences > Privacy
  2. 2. Click on “Remove all Website Data”

For Mozilla Firefox:

  1. 1. Choose the menu “tools” then “Options”
  2. 2. Click on the icon “privacy”
  3. 3. Find the menu “cookie” and select the relevant options

For Opera 6.0 and further:

  1. 1. Choose the menu Files”> “Preferences”
  2. 2. Privacy

Where you have not set your permissions, we may also separately prompt you regarding our use of cookies on the Site. Except for essential cookies, all cookies used on our site will expire after 10 years.

Genes Reunited Cookies

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them below.

Cookie name1st/3rd partyRetentionSourceTypePurpose
cookie_consent1st party1 yearGenesNecessaryThis cookies stores the user's action on the cookie notification banner.
eRedirect1st partyExpires in the pastGenesNecessaryThis cookie stores redirect urls to direct users to a previously saved path.
live1st party1 yearGenesNecessaryThis cookie will flag which enviroment the user is.
notifications1st party2 minutesGenesNecessaryThis cookie stores temporary messages to display to the user
treesession1st partySessionGenesNecessaryThis is a tree session cookie.
_gcl_aw1st party90 daysAdwordsAdvertisingThis cookie stores ad click information captured on the landing pages.
_gcl_dc1st party90 daysDoubleclickAdvertisingThis cookie stores ad click information captured on the landing pages.
_uetsid1st party30 minutesBingAdvertisingThis cookie is used for Bing Universal Event Tracking.
1P_JAR3rd partyUnknownGoogleAdvertisingThis cookie is used by Google
CONSENT3rd party20 yearsGoogleAdvertisingThis cookie is used by Google
dc_gtm_UA-XXXXX1st party1 minuteGoogle Tag Manager/DCMAdvertisingThis is a display features cookie.
DV3rd partyUnknownGoogleAdvertisingThis cookie is used by Google
FLC3rd partyUnknownDoubleclickAdvertisingThis cookie is used by Google AdSense DoubleClick for online advertising frequency capping and avoiding the duplication of ads on a page, meaning a user will not have to view the same ad over and over again.
fr3rd party3 monthsFacebookAdvertisingThis cookie is used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers.
GAMSUK1st partySessionGenesAdvertisingThis cookies stores Store Ad2One session.
IDE3rd party2 yearsDoubleclickAdvertisingThis cookie is used by Doubleclick to register and report the user's actions after viewing or clicking one of the advertiser's ads with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user.
MUID3rd party1 yearBingAdvertisingThis cookie is used by Bing as a unique user ID.
MUIDB3rd party1 yearBingAdvertisingUnclassified
NID3rd partyUnknownGoogleAdvertisingThe NID cookie contains a unique ID Google uses to remember your preferences and other information, such as your preferred language (e.g. English), how many search results you wish to have shown per page (e.g. 10 or 20), and whether or not you wish to have Google's SafeSearch filter turned on.
_ga1st party2 yearsGAAnalyticsThis cookie is used to distinguish users in Google Analytics.
_gac_UA-XXXX1st party90 daysGAAnalyticsThis cookie contains campaign related information for the user. If you have linked your Google Analytics and AdWords accounts, AdWords website conversion tags will read this cookie unless you opt-out.
_gid1st party24 hoursGAAnalyticsThis cookie is used to distinguish users in Google Analytics.
Rats3rd party1 yearRatsAnalyticsThis cookie is part of our internal analytics tool to help us improve the site.
Rats_Session3rd partySessionRatsAnalyticsThis cookie is part of our internal analytics tool to help us improve the site.

Contact us

If you have any questions about privacy, or wish to update your details or have them removed from our mailing list at any time, please contact us at: privacy@genesreunited.co.uk

Genes Reunited full privacy statement is available here.

Policy statement updated 8 May 2018