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Members-Only Event: Right, Wrong or It Depends: Ethics for the Professional Genealogist

Members-Only Event: Right, Wrong or It Depends: Ethics for the Professional Genealogist
30 Nov 2023 by APG Webmaster

Date: 14 Dec 2023
Time: 8:00pm - 9:30pm EST
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Professional genealogists deal with sensitive issues all the time: family secrets; data impacting living people; copyright, and more. Navigating the ethical challenges can be daunting, especially since the consequences of an ethical breach can be devastating. In few other fields is success or failure as dependent on a good reputation as in this field, and an ethical violation can ruin that reputation. This updated review of the fundamental rules of genealogical ethics and the particular ways in which the professional genealogist can run afoul of ethical standards is designed to help keep us on the ethical straight-and-narrow.


This event is open to APG members only. Register at


About the Presenter:
Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist ®, is a genealogist with a law degree. She writes, teaches, and lectures on various genealogical topics, providing expert guidance through the murky territory where law and family history intersect. A Colorado native with roots deep in the American South on her mother’s side and entirely in Germany on her father’s side, she holds a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University in Washington, DC, and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark. Before she retired, she worked as a newspaper reporter, trade association writer, legal investigator, defense attorney, federal prosecutor, law editor, and, for more than 20 years, as an adjunct member of the faculty at Rutgers Law School.


She is a member of APG, NGS, and numerous state and regional genealogical societies. A recipient of the Silver Tray Award from the Utah Genealogical Association and the 2017 Award of Excellence from the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, she now serves as a member of the NGSQ editorial board. An internationally-known lecturer and course coordinator and faculty member at numerous genealogical institutes, she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical Lecturerâ„  from the Board for Certification of Genealogists ®. Her award-winning blog appears at The Legal Genealogist® website (