Genealogist’s Code of Ethics

Submitted by

Joan Elliott Parker

Originally published in the Tri-State Packet.

In order to protect the integrity of public records and library books, I am ethically bound and hereby agree:

  1. That I will treat with the greatest care and respect all public records and library books which may be made available for my use.
  2. That I will speak with courtesy to all employees of a vital records office, or of a public library, when requesting to see any vital record or library book, and that when finished with such record or book, I shall express my thanks to the person attending to my requests.
  3. That I will not tear, erase, mark, or remove any public record or library book, and will refrain from mutilating, defacing, or otherwise destroying any part of such public record or library book.
  4. That when I have finished viewing any public record or library book, I will return it to the proper or designated place.




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