Genealogy is a cooperative pursuit. It is through the sharing of information that we are able to put the pieces of our past together – to add to the understanding of ourselves, our families and our society. It is also worth noting that almost all my research comes from public sources meaning it is already out there.
That being said, I am also keenly aware that few people would relish the thought of private details of their lives being misrepresented or put to public scrutiny. For this reason, I have taken every reasonable measure in my genealogy research and in the presentation of this web site to adhere to the ethical standards and guidelines as set out by the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists. I take my personal and professional standards very seriously.
Unfortunately it is virtually impossible guarantee that NO living individual is ever mentioned by name, or referenced in any way. I am only human after all. So, it comes down to this: If you find details on yourself or family members on chasinglydia.com that you do not wish to be public please contact me and I do my very best to remedy the situation.
Regarding communication with me either directly or through the web site contact form I can assure you of this:
- Names and email addresses of those who contact me are NEVER published or shared in any way without consent.
- If a fellow researcher or new-found family member wishes to contact someone mentioned on this web site I encourage them to send me their contact information and I will pass it on to the party in question. It will be up to the person being contacted to respond or not. I will also be happy to act as a go between if necessary.
“The first law of history is to dread uttering a falsehood; the next is not to fear stating the truth; lastly, the historian’s writings should be open to no suspicion of partiality or animosity.”
— Pope Leo XIII