As I have said before, I have had a different experience in professional genealogy research services than many who call themselves Professional Genealogists. It has been said that one of the problems in being recognized as a profession, is the use of the term Family Tree in reference to our work. The consumer today has popularized the use of the term “Family Tree” by practitioners in Professional Genealogy Research Services just as they have “colloquialized” terms in other professions. A rose by any other name will smell just as sweet.

My father in law called his business “Eye Clinic of Provo”. He was an MD in the profession of medicine specialty of Ophthalmology and the King’s eye surgeon. He was an Ophthalmologist or eye doctor, accepted consumer and professional nomenclature.

My brother in law called his business “Portneuf Valley Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation”. He was an MD in the profession of medicine specialty of Physiatry. He was a Physiatrist or “rehab doc”, accepted consumer and professional nomenclature.

I have a friend who called his business “Foot and Ankle Clinic”. He was a DPM in the profession of medicine specialty practice of podiatry. He was a Podiatrist or foot doctor accepted consumer and professional nomenclature.

I call my business “Heirlines”. I have a B.A. in genealogy and provide professional genealogy research services to clients for a fee or pro bono. This is not a profession, but an unregulated occupation which uses many different names recognized by the consumer and practitioners, including but not limited to, genealogy, family history work, forensic genealogy, heir tracing, roots, heritage research and family tree research. I am a Professional Genealogist.

I encourage the application of the professional model of Medicine in the formation of a profession in genealogy because I believe family history work on the commercial level requires formal professional education, training, experience, best practices credentials, standards and ethics. To climb the family tree professionally means you are qualified to do so. This is not pretentious. It is in the best interests of the profession, the practitioner, the future practitioner, the consumer and the public domain family tree.

Submitted by Mary E. Petty, BA (History), BA (Genealogy)

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