A reference to a product, service, organisation, Web page etc does not necessarily mean that I endorse it. If I particularly recommend something or someone based on personal experience, I will say so in plain English.

If an advertisement appears under the heading 'I Recommend', I personally use and like the product. In some cases I receive a small compensation for sales made through links, but I donate the money to the non-profit organisation Kiva.

Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

I have a part-time business as a professional genealogical researcher, indexer, author and speaker. If I write about my services or experiences, I will always respect client confidentiality.

When I am invited to speak at genealogy events, I usually receive a small gift or payment and/or reimbursement of at least some of my expenses, which may include registration, travel, accommodation or meals. Any compensation I receive does not depend on the number of attendees, so I can promote the events with a clear conscience! The more people who attend, the greater the benefit to the genealogy community as a whole.

As a professional genealogist, I am entitled to a discount on some products ordered through Gould Genealogy.

I occasionally receive complimentary copies of genealogy-related magazines, especially those to which I have contributed an article. I also received a complimentary copy of the first edition of Inside History (which is an excellent magazine).

This blog does not contain any content that in my opinion might present a conflict of interest.

(Disclosure means being open, honest and transparent about the things that influence your blogging. This includes disclosure of organisational affiliations, compensation received for advertising, paid content generation or inclusion, and any form of VIP treatment or gifts received. To generate your own policy, go to www.disclosurepolicy.org.)