Code Of Practice
All Members Should:
- Be honest and discreet in relations with clients,
the public and fellow professionals.
- Avoid unnecessary duplication of effort and research.
- Offer candid advice concerning the possible or probable results of any projected research.
- Make reports as clear and as definite as the facts allow.
- Clearly explain, if unable to resolve a client's problems,
the reason why, and if possible suggest alternative avenues of research.
- Strive to avoid the misquotation of any documents,
or the citing as authoritative of any questionable source.
- Seek, when appropriate, to examine original sources.
- Respect the confidential nature of a client's work,
and not divulge any information concerning a client's family,
business or personal affairs without prior consent.
- Declare any personal or financial interest which might tend to compromise
impartiality towards a client.
- If involved in a complaint, co-operate fully with the Association in its investigation.
Members Should Not:
- Engage in exaggerated, misleading or false publicity.
- Knowingly publish as fact anything known to be false or unproven,
nor be a party to such action by others.
- Knowingly injure or attempt to injure the professional reputation,
prospects or practice of any other genealogist or professional researcher.
- Knowingly injure or attempt to injure the reputation or prospects of the Association.
- Present another's work as their own.
- Conceal or withhold data relevant to a client's instructions.
- Publish the results of research for which clients have paid without prior consent.
By order of Council, 2 November 1972;
revised July 1993, April 1994, September 1997,
September 2001 and September 2008