[APG Public List] Genealogical vs. Non-genealogical

LBoswell laboswell at rogers.com
Sun Sep 20 09:26:05 MDT 2009

Any ethical researcher doing adoption related searches already takes these 
kinds of issues into account.  It would be simply wrong for any number of 
reasons to pass information directly to the client without safeguards.  The 
researcher's position in these cases should be to act in the fashion of an 
intermediary rather than simply passing on name/address to the client. 
Prior permission requested first from the person that the researcher has 
found is a given.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Joy Rich" <joyrichny at earthlink.net>
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Sent: Sunday, September 20, 2009 11:19 AM
Subject: Re: [APG Public List] Genealogical vs. Non-genealogical

> Those are excellent examples, Suzanne.
> Joy
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: Suzanne Prosnier
> To: Joy Rich ; apgpubliclist at apgen.org
> Sent: Sunday, September 20, 2009 10:57 AM
> Subject: Re: [APG Public List] Genealogical vs. Non-genealogical
> Searching for living relatives of a deceased person (heir searching) for
> settlement of an estate is a legitimate endeaor for any genealogist.
> Searching for people in general, with no information regarding the
> relationship (kinship) is not valid genealogically. Here is a word of
> caution. Several years ago I attended  a two day seminar held by an 
> Arizona
> Group , Confidential Intermediaries, that works directly with the courts
> regarding adoptions.   Several different speakers gave warnings, (with
> examples of cases) regarding sinister motives of some people trying to
> contact living persons: convicted rapists recently released from prison, 
> or
> "dead beat"  dads who had lost custody of their children , etc. Some of 
> the
> examples  were very egregious and put the researcher at risk.  Be careful.
> Suzanne Prosnier, CG
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