Code of Ethics and Standards
Code of Ethics
Before beginning to conduct a genealogical study for oneself or others it is important to be aware of the need to follow a Code of Ethics. A Code of Ethics is a set of guidelines for the researcher to remind them of their responsibilities to themselves, their clients/applicants, their profession, and the public. Some of these requirements may be covered in the confidentiality agreement you sign for the Métis Nation of Ontario. The Genealogical Standards for Sharing Information With Others outlines what is expected of all who carry on genealogical research.
Those who join other professional organizations such as the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) http://apgen.org or the Board for the Certification of Genealogists http://bcgcertification.org are expected to practice the Code of Ethics for their organizations.
Conducting genealogical research brings with it responsibilities in terms of research standards, the use of technology, the reporting of findings accurately and citing each document. The National Genealogical Society at http://www.ngs.genealogy.org has recommended a series of standards that serve as a guide for all researchers.