Society's Statement of Ethics and Responsibility
(Adopted 11 September 2007)


The Craven County Genealogical Society of North Carolina, Inc. encourages its members to pledge:

As a research genealogist, I will use the information I encounter for historical and genealogical purposes.

I will respect the:

  • books and records which I am allowed to examine;
  • privacy of the individuals whose information I encounter in my research;
  • custodians of the records;
  • copyright laws that pertain to work published by other people.
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  • The Craven County Genealogical Society of North Carolina, Inc. encourages its members to be responsible and ethical researchers, publishers, and genealogists;
  • Be truthful in word and in print;
  • Cite primary sources of information such as vital records, court records, eyewitness accounts, etc.;
  • After careful analysis of secondary sources, such as censuses, transcriptions, books, etc., document conclusions with modifiers such as circa, according to, possible, probable, etc.;
  • Allow other researchers to test your theories;
  • Avoid hearsay and assumptions. Work to prevent misinformation from circulating;
  • If possible, publish significant discoveries;
  • Acknowledge others who have contributed to your knowledge as a genealogist;
  • Publish with written consent of subjects, authors, publishers, and repositories that hold unique records;
  • Embrace the genealogical community. Participate in genealogical, historical and preservation societies; attend workshops and lectures;
  • Engage in acts of genealogical kindness.


Ethical standards consulted: Savannah Area Genealogical Association, International Internet Genealogical Association, Federation of Genealogical Societies, National Genealogical Society, Board for Certification of Genealogists, North Carolina Genealogical Society, Inc., Connecticut Genealogical Society, Inc.