Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy explains how we use the data we collect from you.

What data do we collect?

Personal identification information, e.g. name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, etc.

Genealogical information about you and your living relatives, e.g. dates of birth and marriage, address, occupation, etc.

Details of your computer via your browser's cookies.

How do we collect your data?

We collect and process data a) when you communicate with us about our services; b) from publicly available material when we are conducting research on your behalf; and c) when you use or browse our website via cookies.

How do we use your data?

To help us to carry out research on your behalf.  To communicate with you about your research.  We will never share your data with any other party without express written instructions from you to do so.

How do we store your data?

We securely store your data on our server within the United Kingdom.  Access to your data is password-protected and they are held on electronic devices protected by commercially available and regularly updated security software.  We will keep your data for twelve months from the most recent contact with you.  Once this period has elapsed we will securely delete your data.  If instructed to delete your data sooner, we will do so.

What are your data protection rights?

Right to access - you can ask for copies of the personal data we hold;

Right to rectification - you can ask us to correct any inaccurate data;

Right to erasure - you can request that we delete your personal data;

Right to restrict processing - you can ask us to restrict how we process your data; 

Right to object to processing - you can object to us processing your data; 

Right to data portability - you can ask us to transfer your data to another organisation or to you.

What are cookies?

Cookies are text files placed on your computer to collect standard internet log information.  When you visit our website we may collect information from you automatically through cookies or similar technology.  You can set your browser not to collect cookies.


Ruth Bertram is registered with the UK's Information Commissioner's Office - Registration number ZA579545.

Changes to our privacy policy

We keep our privacy policy under review.  This policy was last updated on 7 May 2020.

Contact us

If you have any queries about our privacy policy, the way we collect and process your data or if you wish to exercise one of your data protection rights, please contact us through our Contact Form or on +44 01887 830 252.

Terms & Conditions for use of this website

This website,, is owned and operated by Ruth Bertram, Genealogist.  By viewing and using this website, you are deemed to have accepted the Terms. We reserve the right to amend or vary the Terms, or the content, at any time.

Intellectual Property

The contents of this website are copyright of Ruth Bertram, Genealogist, unless otherwise stated.  You agree to comply with all applicable intellectual property laws in your use of the website.

General Information

This website contains general information about Yew Tree Genealogy's services.  No information in this website constitutes professional advice and use of this website does not establish any professional relationship between you and Yew Tree Genealogy or any member of the business.


Yew Tree Genealogy takes steps to ensure that the information in this website is accurate, however it is provided as general information only and you must not use or rely on it for any other purpose.  Yew Tree Genealogy does not accept liability for any of the content of this website, save as it relates to Terms or Engagement.  Although files are virus-checked, no guarantee is given that files are free from computer viruses or other malware.


To the fullest extent permitted by law, Yew Tree Genealogy shall not be liable to you or to any other party for any loss or damage that results from the use of this website or reliance upon any information which appears.  Yew Tree Genealogy shall have no liability for any errors or omissions in information provided on this website.  Yew Tree Genealogy reserves the right to withdraw or amend the services it provides via the website without notice.  Yew Tree Genealogy will not be liable if, for any reason, the website is unavailable at any time or for any period.


Links to other websites which may appear on this website are provided for information only.  Yew Tree Genealogy has no control over the content of other websites or resources.  Yew Tree Genealogy takes no responsibility for any such websites or the contents thereof or for loss or damages what may arise from your use of them.

Governing law

These terms and conditions shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with Scots law and you agree that, in the event of any dispute, the matter will be dealt with only by the Scottish courts.