Last year when my husband, James W. Petty, AG, CG, was in the hospital surviving a 5 month battle with MRSA following open heart surgery, I often thought of the similarities and differences between the medical profession and professional genealogy research services. I had a lot of time on my hands. Jim was treated and served by people with formal education, training, experience and credentials. Professionals in the truest sense of the word, they saved his life and participated in the miracle of beating this dreaded and often fatal illness. Because his father is a doctor, Jim patterned his career path in professional genealogy after the career route his dad took to becoming a medical practitioner. Jim got a college degree in Genealogy and one in history as well; he trained and worked 7 years for the largest professional genealogy organization in the world in US Field Operations, US Library Reference; negotiator in record acquisitions, researcher, librarian, reference consultant, educator, writer, etc; he has had paying clients since 1969, now totaling many thousands these past 37 years and has worked full-time at, a Salt Lake City based professional genealogy research services company he founded in 1979. Considerable professional genealogy experience all within his field and industry. For Professional outcomes, Professionalism is as important to the consumer in Medicine as it is to the consumer in Professional Genealogy.

Sincerely yours,

Mary E. Petty, B.A.
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