We’ve just heard the fantastic news about our fellow Salt Lake Professional Genealogist, David Rencher, AG, CG. We are thrilled to learn of his accomplishments and new position as FamilySearch’s Chief Genealogical Officer. Great Choice!!!! A top-drawer professional has been chosen to lead-out and continue the expansion and growth that is to come at FamilySearch. David Rencher’s appointment is a strong statement about the standards and growth of the public domain family tree.

David is a great example for all who wish a viable career in Professional Genealogy. He is a full-time professional genealogist who has earned the professional designation. He has had a rich and diversified career experience, rooted in;
#1- Genealogical Research
#2 – Member of the Premier Genealogy organization and library in the world – FHL
#3 – Technology-based Genealogy for FamilySearch.org
#4 – Instructor, Teacher, Lecturer.

These are some of the professional career path hallmarks of his 28 year career in Professional Genealogy:

Formal Education: BA, Family and Local History, Brigham Young University, 1980
Formal Training: BYU and Family History Library
Formal Employment: Vice President of Genealogical Society of Utah and Chief Genealogical Officer of FAMILYSEARCH.
Formal Credentials: AG, CG
Formal Continuing Education – As Instructor and Participant – multitude of national and international institutes, conferences and seminars – including Samford’s IGHR, Salt Lake Institute, NGS, FGS
Formal Pro Bono Publico – served as President of UGA

This is Professional Genealogy in the 21st Century!
(Deseret News Mormon Times 05/15/09 http://tinyurl.com/qryh63)

Submitted by:

James W. Petty, AG, CG,
B.A. (History), B.S. (Genealogy)
Member APG – Salt Lake Chapter

Mary E. Petty, B.A.(History), B.A. (Genealogy)
Member APG – Salt Lake Chapter
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