In this episode, we discussed how the faster pace of internet research has uncovered many new ethical dilemmas – include discovering secrets, lies, bigamy, enslavement, criminals, unexpected DNA relatives, upsetting findings, and, unexpected ethnicities and family relationships. A variety of ethical dilemmas will be described and discussed, and adoption, DNA testing, and ethnicity will be discussed in detail.
If you have ever stopped and asked yourself: If some of the information you share publicly is ethical? Do you need to ask people’s permission to include them in your tree? What will you do if you discover secrets and lies? Should you tell your grandmother that her mother was six months pregnant when she got married? How do you approach people on your DNA testing site about matching and potentially collaborating? If you were adopted, how would you try and trace your biological mother? This episode is for you.
Dr Penny Walters lectures internationally and writes articles about a variety of genealogy topics: ethical dilemmas in genealogy; the psychology of genealogical research; adoption; and related genealogy topics.
Penny is also the author of Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy (2019) and The Psychology of Searching (2020). Books by Dr Penny Walters: https://www.amazon.com/…/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1