Genealogists' Code of Ethics

In order to protect the integrity of public records & library books, I am ethically bound & hereby agree:

1. That I will treat with greatest care & respect all public records & library books which may be available to me.

2. That I will speak with courtesy to all employees of a vital records office or a public library when requesting to see any vital records or library books and when finished with such book or record, I will express thanks to the person attending to my requests.

3. That I will not tear, mark, erase, or remove any public record or library book & will refrain from mutilating, defacing, or otherwise destroying any part of such public record or library book.

4. That when I have finished viewing any public record or library book, I will return it to the proper designated place.


About Wapello County Genealogical Society

A non-profit organization dedicated to the gathering, processing, and maintaining of information for our library. It is primarily directed toward Wapello County residents and their families, but also has information available on surrounding counties and other states. more...

Wapello County Genealogical Society
PO Box 163 
210 West Main Street
Ottumwa, IA 52501