Professional Genealogical Services is a Sole Proprietorship. Before starting the business service, I had been doing genealogical research for close to 20 years. During this time I developed a special interest in Southern Native Research with the nudging of my father before his passing. I've learned over the years there is never an ending place in your own personal research. You must decide where to stop in your own search. If you need help in getting started, brick walls, Native research, or other area's please feel free to contact me about your genealogical needs. Always note there are never any guarnatee's in finding all your ancestors. With my service, you will always receive a qualified conclusion with the weight of the evidence available at the time of service and sources cited. Personal Information I am the only Professional Genealogist in North Alabama Specializing in Southern Native American Research. I am recognized as a Professional Genealogist by the Association of Professional Genealogist, National Genealogical Society, and the Alabama Genealogical Society. I'm in the process of becoming a Certified Genealogist, which is the equivalate of having a Masters Degree in any other field of work. My interest in genealogy begain almost 20 years ago, when my father ask me to attempt some research. Since that time I have learned some valuable lessons and information that I believe will benefit in helping others in their family quest. After helping others for many years my husband and family encouraged me to start a genealogical business. I understudied with a professional genealogist for many years. She provided Family and Native American Research. Now that she has retired, I felt it was time to move forward to a larger venue. In preparing to make this move I've taken several college classes and received a certificate in genealogical research. I also have taken a course and received a certificate in Human Research Protections. I have a sound background in research. That background includes Advanced Grant Writing and Consulting through the University of Auburn, in Alabama.
Professional Genalogical Services Code of Ethics and Professional Practices
Purpose: The Code of Ethics and Professional Practices serves to promote: (1) a truthful approach to genalogy, family history, and local history; (2) the trust and security of genealogical consumers; and (3) careful and respectful treatment of records, repositories and their staff, organizations and associations.
The Code of Ethics are set to accomplish five things: Maintain a high professional standard Increase consumer confidence Provide a process to identify those whose actions may be less than professional or scam artist Indentify those committing serious violations of the Code of Ethics Develop a network of genealogist referral systems and collaboration
Why the Code of Ethics As a professional genealogist I have a responsibility to serve a diverse genealogical community and abide by the code of ethics
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 of my profession Prepare and abide by written agreements regarding applicable project scope, fees, charges, payment structures, and deliverables without concealment or misrepresentatation Disclose potential conflicts of interest Maintain confidentiality of client communications and research, except as premitted in writting 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, re arranging, 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 regualtions, or other improper means Refrain from behaviours or statements that malign or are maliciously calculated to injure the profession, individual genealogist, genealogical associations, programs, or educational organizations, or the Association of Professional Genealogist.