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The American-French Genealogical Society Endorses the Genealogical Standards and Guide Lines from "The National Genealogical Society".

The following Genealogical Standards and Guide Lines are from the
The National Genealogical Society
These Genealogical Standards and Guidelines are recommended by the National Genealogical Society for the benefit of those who wish to improve their skills and performance in genealogical pursuits. NGS is neither an accrediting nor an enforcement agency and does not determine whether its recommendations are being followed in any particular case. These recommendations serve their purpose when an individual decides that the Standards and Guideline have been applied appropriately in a matter of personal interest. 
 
Genealogical Standards
 
Standards for Sharing Information With Others
 
Recommended by the National Genealogical Society
 
Conscious of the fact that sharing information or data with others, whether through speech, documents or electronic media, is essential to family history research and that it needs continuing support and encouragement, responsible family historians consistently—
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respect the restrictions on sharing information that arise from the rights of another as an author, originator or compiler; as a living private person; or as a party to a mutual agreement.
observe meticulously the legal rights of copyright owners, copying or distributing any part of their works only with their permission, or to the limited extent specifically allowed under the law's "fair use" exceptions.
identify the sources for all ideas, information and data from others, and the form in which they were received, recognizing that the unattributed use of another's intellectual work is plagiarism.
respect the authorship rights of senders of letters, electronic mail and data files, forwarding or disseminating them further only with the sender's permission.
inform people who provide information about their families as to the ways it may be used, observing any conditions they impose and respecting any reservations they may express regarding the use of particular items.
require some evidence of consent before assuming that living people are agreeable to further sharing of information about themselves.
convey personal identifying information about living people—like age, home address, occupation or activities—only in ways that those concerned have expressly agreed to.
recognize that legal rights of privacy may limit the extent to which information from publicly available sources may be further used, disseminated or published.
communicate no information to others that is known to be false, or without making reasonable efforts to determine its truth, particularly information that may be derogatory.
are sensitive to the hurt that revelations of criminal, immoral, bizarre or irresponsible behavior may bring to family members.
 
PDF Version ~ Standards for Sharing Information with Others
 
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To serve and grow the genealogical community by providing education and training, fostering increased quality and standards, and promoting access to and preservation of genealogical records.
 

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