- March 2001
by Charlie Hansen, Computer SIG Leader and GenSoft Past Chair
This talk is based largely on the presentation that George Lake
gave to the Albera Family Histories Society in January 20001
and used with his permission.
It will begin with a true story about the unauthorized use of Barbara
A. Brown's copyrighted article "I Want" from the August
1998 issue of the IIGS Newsletter2
What is Ethics? - Charlie Hansen
A discussion of the definition of "ethics", from George
Lake's work, concluding "that to be an ethical genealogist
is to be responsible - that is to choose for oneself between right
Data Sources and Accuracy
The issue of data accuracy will be addressed. "Never believe
that because it is printed in a book it must be correct." -
"Anything you publish will propagate."
Are your sources accurate? Are they sources or just finding aids?
"Your data can be misappropriated. How you can protect it."
A discussion of some privacy issues.
Practical comments and tips about etiquette and manners. How you
can be an ethical genealogist.
Some URLs for more information
These all are currently valid. Use any information about copyright
and legal issues with caution. It may not be accurate or current.
1 This material was also
published in the quarterly journal of the Alberta Family Histories
Society, Chinook; Volume 20, no 2; Winter 1999 - 2000.
2 IIGS Newsletter, April
1999 at: www.iigs.org Barbara A. Brown - " Want"- available
Professional codes of ethics are available on the following web