[APG Public List] Genealogical vs. Non-genealogical [Tracing Living Descendants]

DonnDevine at aol.com DonnDevine at aol.com
Sun Sep 20 20:56:38 MDT 2009


One more pitfall that may arise in searching foor living people hasn't yet 
been mentioned in this thread. Vecause of the many risks that have already 
been touched upom, searches for living people may be restricted under state 
law.  Many states define searching for missing living people as private 
investigation, and in order to do so legally, the searcher must pass a state 
examination and be properly licensed.
 
The skills and methods necessary are the same ones genealogists use 
routinely. However, before accepting such work, a genealogist needs to consider not 
only all the potential problems mentioned earlier, but also whether it is 
permitted in each of the states involved without a Private Investigator (PI) 
license.
 
Donn Devine, CG, CGL
Wilmington DE 

CG, Certified Genealogist, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are 
service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under 
license by board certificants after periodic evaluation, and the board name is 
registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office.
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