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

Shelley keli1 at aol.com
Sun Sep 20 21:08:14 MDT 2009

 I really think my role is to search for ancestors. 

"know your roots, they are long and strong", SMurphy



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From: DonnDevine at aol.com
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Sent: Sun, Sep 20, 2009 10:56 pm
Subject: Re: [APG Public List] Genealogical vs. Non-genealogical [Tracing Living Descendants]

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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