About Us

James W Petty Professional and Accredited Expert GenealogistClimbing the Family Tree Professionally Since 1969

HEIRLINES Family History & Genealogy is the professional genealogy company that will help you search for your ancestry and discover your family history. We have been providing quality service for over 30 years. Through the use of the Family History Library of Utah, the Internet, on site research trips, and many other resources and facilities that are available to our experienced professionals, we are able to search censuses, vital records, wills and deeds, court records, church registers, military rolls, immigration lists, and many more genealogical and historical sources to help you with your family history and genealogy goals.

JAMES W. PETTY – PROFESSIONAL GENEALOGIST

Biography:

PROFESSIONAL GENEALOGY
EXPERIENCE / EMPLOYMENT:

1969-PRESENT

35 year career, thousands of Genealogy Research Projects; Project Manager, Researcher and Compiler of USA to European Ancestries using federal, state, local, family, private and public records to discover and prove client family lines; Lineage Society Applications; Historian; Expert Witness; Scholarly Publications; Author; Compiler; Reunion Planning; Family Organizations; Artist; Columnist; Magazine Editor; Speaker; Lecturer; Instructor; Consultant

1973-1980

Genealogical Society of Utah/Family History Department and Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah:

US FIELD OPERATIONS traveling throughout the USA, identifying and locating historical and genealogical records and documents for the Library, negotiating the microfilming of these resources for their collection and supervising microfilming activities for the United States.

SENIOR US REFERENCE LIBRARIAN preparing VIP genealogies; assisting in the collection, development and acquisition of records; preparing and administering the ACCREDITED GENEALOGIST tests for all parts the US; instructing in the Library education program, including seminars, workshops, and conferences.

1980-PRESENT

HEIRLINES Family History and Genealogy: (www.heirlines.com) President

1999-PRESENT

Heritage Genealogy College: ( www.genealogy.edu ) Co-founder

Instructor/curriculum development 4 Year Genealogy College Program ( onsite/Internet educational institution, approved and licensed by the State of Utah in 2000)

CREDENTIALS:

BCG: Certified Genealogist, CG (2005-Present); Certified American Lineage Specialist CALS (1984-1989); Certified Genealogical Record Searcher, CGRS (2000-Present).
(www.bcgcertification.org)

FHL Accredited Genealogist AG (1971 – 2000); ICAPGEN (2000 – Present):
(www.icapgen.org)
EDUCATION:

Brigham Young University: B.S. (Genealogy), B.A. (History).

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

APG – ASSOCIATION of PROFESSIONAL GENEALOGIST
(www.apgen.org)

BCG – BOARD for CERTIFICATION of GENEALOGISTS
(www.bcgcertification.org)

FHL – FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (www.familysearch.org)

GSG – GENEALOGICAL SPEAKERS GUILD
(www.genspeakguild.org)

GSP – GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF PENNSYLVANIA
(www.genpa.org)

ICAPGEN – INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION for the ACCREDITATION of PROFESSIONAL
GENEALOGISTS
(www.icapgen.org)

NEHGS -NEW ENGLAND HISTORIC GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
(www.newenglandancestors.org)

NGS – NATIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
(www.ngsgenealogy.org)

SAR – THE NATIONAL SOCIETY of the SONS of the AMERICAN REVOLUTION
(www.sar.org)

UGA – THE UTAH GENEALOGICAL ASSOCIATION
(www.infouga.org)

VGS – VIRGINIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
(www.vgs.org)

VHS – VIRGINIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
(www.vhs.org)

DNA Consulting – Genetic Genealogy Services
(www.dnaconsultants.com)


CONTRIBUTOR:

New England Historical and Genealogical Register; UGA Genealogical Journal; Magazine of Virginia Genealogy; The Virginia Genealogist; Ensign; Meridian; Heritage Quest; The Petty Papers; People Finders; World Search.

AUTHOR:

The Petty Papers; William Humphries – Pelham Humphries, The Man and The Myth.

CONFERENCES:

Brigham Young University Genealogical Conference, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, Arizona Genealogical Society, Utah Genealogical Society, Numerous Family History Seminars.

CONSULTATION:

Available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah; in your own home or by telephone; at family organization/reunion meetings; or on Research Trips. Call 1 (800) 570-4049 for details.

The Petty Family
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