Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Ethics in Genealogy

Many genealogical societies publish codes of ethics which they may ask their members to sign. Generally the guidelines might include wording such as;
- being courteous and respectful to record custodians and others who serve the public
- carefully handling books or records and returning them to the designated space
- not tearing or damaging any document, book, or film
- presenting genealogical findings with honesty and integrity
- using permission when necessary and attributing work to the correct copyright owner

The Genealogical Society of Victoria has published an GSV Ethics Policy, worth reading. It mentions copyright, sensitivity to others, obtaining consent before sharing information and rights of privacy.

Family research can be an emotional journey, so sensitivity is always required, and the rights of others are to be respected.

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