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I recognize that not everyone is in genealogy for a career. I am. From the “gitgo” nearly 40 years ago, our business, Heirlines, has been based on the professional career path and formula. I know this is not what every practitioner has chosen. I recognize that not everyone wants a profession in professional genealogy research services. I do. I recognize that everyone doesn’t see the correlation between the very high standards of professionalism that is in Medicine, and the standards of practice they personally offer clients in their occupation of genealogy. I know what we do here at Heirlines and that we want the highest possible standard in our practice of Professional Genealogy – that we want it to be a profession, not just merely work. In as much as we are dedicated to professionalism, consumer rights, and professional genealogy research services, we believe it is in the best interests of the profession, the practitioner, the future practitioner, the consumer and the public domain family tree to encourage this move in our industry to a real profession.

I know the public wants professionalism, accuracy and trustworthy results. They know that everything and everyone on the Internet is not what has been painted, but too often, they don’t know how to tell what’s real, what’s true, what’s professional who’s professional, who’s qualified, what to expect from a professional and so on. One of the primary reasons for establishing a profession is to help the consumer make wise choices that build a reputation of integrity, quality, and trusted results for the profession and its practitioners. Another is to establish qualified pro to pro work. I can’t imagine anyone not supporting these components, even for our occupation and the industry of genealogy. That is where I am coming from.

Professional Genealogy Research Services is not a profession, yet; decisions are being made by third parties that are shaping that coming profession, so I will continue to encourage the development of this movement. It has happened already in Cosmetology, paralegal services, and of course, law and medicine. Some day it will happen for genealogy research services. I see a future when professionally- qualified practitioners will be doing genealogy for hire and pro bono, and teaching, speaking, and writing about professional genealogy research services standards, ethics, and practices for the betterment 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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