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It has been said of our work, “Who am I? Where do I come from?  Why am I here?
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During today’s daily adventure we touched the past globally as we asked questions and found answers in a collection of immigrant letters. We were able to acquire and translate 3 letters held by the library of the University of Erfurt for a US client who leaves tomorrow for where his ancestors walked in Hesse-Kassel, Germany. The letters lead back to the ancestral home and another generation. Thank heavens for email and the professionalism of these curators.

We are so fortunate to be able to do research on a daily basis at the premier world-wide genealogy facility – the Family History Library.While we are grateful for all of the online resources including free and subscription websites and databases, full-time research requires much more access to records than can be found on the Internet alone. We are located at the hub of ancestral research here in Salt Lake City, Utah and today we really made use of the FHL collections for over 150 countries.We moved up and down between the floors housing microfilm, books, maps and other resources.We sought and found answers for research questions for multiple localities, historical eras and ethnicities including US and International such as Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Canada, British Isles, Germany, Italy and Russia.What a fun-filled day of research it was!

We closed off the day with New York probate work in modern day records.Somebody is going to be happy with this report of heirs!

In our spare time, we are making good progress on our New Archives African American Project in preparation for our upcoming trip to Sullivan County.We want to find their New York town records that were created because of the 1788 Law for the “Purpose to Manumit and Set Free Slaves” and the 1799 Law for the “Gradual Abolition of Slavery”.

Today we heard back from a local historian about her Town of Neversink and its history and early records.Our search now broadens because she notes they had no town office in 1798 – 1809 when Neversink was part of Ulster County so town clerks would report directly to state government, or hold these early records in their homes. We learned this practice continued following the formation of Sullivan County in 1809 and they have no early records existent today in Neversink.It appears they have been lost either to historical obscurity, and most certainly forgotten due to historical amnesia.We know such records still exist in other New York counties so now our quest for Sullivan Co takes us to the former capital of New York, Kingston of Ulster County, and Albany, today’s governmental seat.Hopefully we will find answers there regarding the early black records that were to be created because of the 1788 and 1799 laws on registering black slavery births and manumissions.

James W. Petty, AG, CG

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Further Discussion on Professionalizing with Reference to SB 1243


We clearly see the need to limit professional genealogy research services to qualified practitioners and applaud the State of Texas for recognizing this through SB 1243. This however, does have a direct impact on our business, HEIRLINES (R)and our profession, Professional Genealogy Research Services and fellow practitioners, Professional Genealogists. The bill has significant ramifications as it as an attempt to regulate professional genealogists who provide professional genealogy research services including heir finding and to define the terms and parameters of the profession of Professional
Genealogy Research Services by regulating the practicing firms – the good and the bad because of the bad. And SB 1243 goes beyond its Texas borders.

It will affect us in Utah (and all qualified practitioners located everywhere) in the interstate commerce activities that we have engaged in for some 40 years: contracting with clients from Texas and other States via in person onsite, the US Mails, the telephone, and the Internet (as for all aspects of our profession for work that involves genealogy research services for the living and dead in Texas and other States.

We are engaged in professional genealogy research services because of our love and passion for research. And we get paid for it. It is not a hobby or a get rich scheme. The US Government codes our work as NAICS Code:561611 Investigation Services and calls it Genealogy Research Services. We are professionally designated professional genealogists, not self-appointed.

We have worked directly with heirs, potential heirs, clients, attorneys, courts, governments, interested third parties, and etc. We have worked for hire, for a set fee, for a % of the estate, by the hour, by the project and etc. We are not now, nor have we ever been in 40 years, private investigators or involved in the security business. We are not licensed in any state or country as private investigators or as a security occupation.

We have legally conducted genealogy research all over the USA, in Canada, and other parts of the world using everything that legally is available to us to accomplish our client’s authorized goals. We have been hired to do this work because James W. Petty, AG, CG, B.A. (History), B.S. (Genealogy) is a professionally-designated qualified professional genealogist who has
earned and has held the professional credentials to do the work, including formal education/degree, training, and work experience in professional genealogy research services, is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), has had held 7 professional genealogy certifications and accreditations including AG, CG, CGRS and CALS , has a current Sandy
City, Utah business license and our company, Heirlines Family History & Genealogy, Inc. is an S-Corp in Utah in Good Standing. We have had thousands of clients over 40 years because of these professional qualifications, our work production and best practices, and Heirlines company standards of customer service and commitment to professionalism as professionally-designated practitioners.

We fully understand the need to protect the consumer who has an interest (known or unknown) in an estate or legal relationship that entitles them to benefits (may be monetary or property or other considerations – Ask us about the Sundance Kid case we are working on right now. We are self-regulated and professionally-policed by the standards, ethics, redentialing bodies, and memberships of our profession.

It was clear to us from our reading of the bill SB 1243 that our profession of “climbing the family tree professionally” is not understood and it must be prior to legislating standards and regulations that have the potential to internationally and nationally affect and/or regulate the practice of the profession and the practitioners. Terms, Definitions, and “applicable to whom” must be determined and agreed upon first.

We believe there is a constitutional right to interstate commerce, especially for the professionally qualified. Please let us know how we can work together to accomplish our mutual goal to have the best that can be in family tree work for the consumer, the practitioner, the profession and the family tree legacy of accuracy and ethics in the public domain.

Sincerely yours,

James W. Petty, AGR, CG (SM), B.A. (History), B.S. (Genealogy)

Mary E. Petty, B.A. (History), B.A. (Genealogy)

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