Code of Ethics

The APG Code of Ethics and Professional Practices serves to promote:

  • a truthful approach to genealogy, family history, and local history
  • the trust and security of genealogical consumers
  • careful and respectful treatment of records, repositories and their staffs, other professionals, and genealogical organizations and associations.

Consistent with these purposes, I agree to:

  • Present research results and opinions in a clear, well-organized manner
  • Refrain from withholding, suppressing, or knowingly misquoting or misinterpreting sources or data
  • Report appropriately qualified genealogical conclusions in writing based on the weight of the evidence with fully and accurately cited sources
  • Represent my abilities, services, and credentials honestly, avoiding the use of misleading or exaggerated statements
  • Engage in sufficient continuing education to maintain competence and comply with applicable requirements
  • Prepare and abide by written agreements regarding applicable project scope, fees, charges, payment structures, and deliverables without concealment or misrepresentation
  • Disclose potential conflicts of interest
  • Maintain confidentiality of client communications and research, except as permitted in writing by the client or required by court or professional disciplinary proceedings
  • Treat information concerning living people with appropriate discretion
  • Refrain from violating or encouraging others to violate laws or regulations concerning copyright, rights to privacy, business practices, or other pertinent subjects
  • Refrain from mutilating, rearranging, or removing from their proper custodians printed, original, microfilmed, or electronic records
  • Give proper credit to the work of others and refrain from plagiarism
  • Refrain from soliciting established clients of another researcher through denigration, violation of laws or regulations, or other improper means
  • Refrain from behaviours or statements that malign or are maliciously calculated to injure the profession; individual genealogists; genealogical associations, programs, or educational organisations; or the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Have a look too at the The Nature of Genealogical Records .