Paul Starr’s masterpiece, THE SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN MEDICINE, defines the process of establishing a profession; and ably and with clarity, presents how it is accomplished. I appreciate the evidence about professionalism presented in this monumental work in sociology. It is just one of the terrific resources that I have used to come to my understanding of professional as a noun and not as an adjective. I hope my fellow practitioners and consumers will study it to better understand how an occupation moves to professional status and sovereignty. I hope someday there will be others who feel as I do: a profession in genealogy is good for us all, whether we be practitioners, working pro to pro, future practitioners, consumers desiring professional services, or using a public domain family tree.
Submitted by Mary E. Petty, BA (History), BA (Genealogy)

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