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James W. Petty, AG, CG

Meet Author James W. Petty, AG, CG

James W. Petty, AG, CG is the Board-Certified and Accredited Professional Genealogist, “Climbing the Family Tree Professionally Since 1969”.  He is President of HEIRLINES Family History & Genealogy, Inc. (www.Heirlines.com), a professional genealogy research services firm, providing professionally-standardized and verified genealogical and historical research for a world-wide clientele.  This includes individuals, family organizations, professionals, businesses, governments, attorneys, lineage, genealogical and historical societies, enthusiasts and LDS clients. Prepared through formal professional genealogy education, training and work experience, James W. Petty, AG, CG is a qualified professional genealogy researcher, consultant, educator, author, and an expert witness in the forensic genealogy field. Petty has been awarded the prestigious BCG Education Fund 2005 Donald Mosher Memorial Award.

With over 40 years of full-time, commercial-career professional genealogy experience, Petty conducts genealogical and historical research services in the heartland of genealogy, Salt Lake City Utah, the home of the world’s premiere family tree research facility, the Family History Library, as well as utilizing the Internet, print, CD, and onsite global archive research.  He has personally identified, documented, and resolved thousands of complex kinship and, legal next of kin family trees, lineages and pedigrees through In-depth Genealogy Research, LDS Family History Work, DNA Genetic Genealogy, and Forensic Genealogy.  He is qualified in US, Canada, North America, South America, British Isles, Europe, Military, Native American, African American, Immigrant, & Ethnic Heritage ancestry and descendancy research services.

In addition to his responsibilities with HEIRLINES™, Petty is very active in the growth and development of genealogy both for the professional and the hobbyist.  He teaches professional genealogy on the college level at Heritage Genealogical College www.Genealogy.edu as well as at local and international family history conferences, institutes and seminars.  A recognized author, contributor, columnist, and reviewer, he has written extensively in print and online for the professional and amateur genealogist alike, including the Ensign, National Genealogical Society Quarterly, New England Historical and Genealogical Register, The Virginia Genealogist, Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Heritage Quest, Family Chronicle, Utah Genealogical Society Journal, Evertons, People Finders, World Search and the Petty Papers, in addition to his Turning Hearts column  and Ancestors are the People of History series for Meridian Magazine.  As a professional genealogy innovator, Jim has created Certified Family Trees™, Jamestowne & Colonial Virginia Genealogy & DNA Project™, Historical Event Genealogy™, Bring History Home™, Roots of America™, CluesLine™, Ancestors are the People of History™, and Petty's Paradigm on Prevaricated Pedigrees ©.  He is a pioneer in the quest to professionalize the commercial vocational career of genealogy research services as a profession called Professional Genealogy by defining, establishing, and encouraging the professional career track of trusted qualifying scholarly academic education, training, competency, membership, and compliance, best practices, standards, ethics, methodology, technology, and science to benefit the practitioner, the profession, the consumer and the public and private domain family trees.

James W. Petty, AG, CG lives by the motto: HEIRLINES Quality - Professionalism First™.  His professional career path includes education, training, and graduation: Brigham Young University, B.A. History - 1972 , B.S. Genealogy - 1973; maintains highest professional genealogy industry competency: BCG Board Certification - Certified Genealogist (CG),  ICAPGen Accreditation - Accredited Genealogist (AG); 7 years professional genealogy employment  LDS Family History Department (GSU) of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – researcher, consultant, reference librarian, field operations and records acquisition; self-employed professional genealogy research services practice since 1969; Member in good standing Association of Professional Genealogists APG (National and Salt Lake Utah Chapter), 2006-2007 President of (SLUAPG); Current Business License Sandy; Utah; Member Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce; Accredited Business with Utah Better Business Bureau.

Head of the PettyPride, Jim has been married to Mary, his best friend, collaborator, and puzzle-solving partner since 1972. They are the ancestors of 5 children and 9 grandchildren.

Author's Published Articles
2014-04-14

My Uncle Ray died in World War II before I was born. But I got to know him through the keepsakes and memories in Grandma's atti...

2014-03-10

When it comes to doing genealogy, there are days I wish I could be Superman. Think what a genealogist could do with such super ...

2014-02-04

Many scientists in today’s space technology began life as “Trekkies” with their imaginations filled with the ideas and ho...

2014-01-07

Keeping the old New Year’s genealogy resolutions while making new ones to achieve the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but...

2013-12-04

Christmas isn’t about me or my wants or needs; it is about doing all that I can do to help bring my family back to the presen...

2013-11-06

Everyone who has conducted genealogy research experiences at one time or another, the frustration felt when the records do not ...

2013-10-02

Attending a celebration of the PCC means remembering family history and using war dances as missionary tools....

2013-09-04

It was getting dark and we were stuck alone in a mountain setting....

2013-08-07

As a professional genealogist I often feel like the little engine. People come to me each day with genealogy problems that for ...

2013-07-23

Many people say they will do their genealogy someday when they are retired and have the time, or they put it on their "bucket l...

2013-06-07

Several years ago I began a project identifying African-American emancipation records in the traditional antebellum northern Un...

2013-05-01

In the back of the scrapbook I found a red banner, with a faded gold star centered on a white background. I recognized it from...

2013-04-03

The ability and desire to start one's family history begins with the simple question, "Who Am I?" Research will answer the rest...

2013-03-06

In the words of Robert Frost, I’ve taken roads “more” traveled, and have wasted weeks, months, and even years retracing s...

2013-02-06

Forget about Waldo - every genealogist wants to know “where in the world is my family tree?” And the Church has once again...

2013-01-02

We've been taught that as we seek out our ancestry, new information will be found through inspiration. Now I marvel at the new ...

2012-12-05

Recognizing that we are all on the family tree of man, related to one another through this common brotherhood as well as in the...

2012-10-03

Many a time we have had to share The Tale of Two Marys to show how important details help us correctly distinguish, identify an...

2012-09-05

The jungle of life surrounds all of us, but we must not be afraid to venture out with the modern tools available in genealogy t...

2012-08-01

In genealogy as in the Gospel, it is the stories that bring life and meaning to the people and truths of their lives and legacy...

2012-07-03

Take some time this Fourth of July to blazon our ancestral fireworks; to honor their lives and contributions to the past; to pr...

2012-06-06

Reading and interpreting old handwriting is a very big issue for genealogists. As we have indexed the 1940 Census for the past ...

2012-05-02

A great movement in is underway in genealogy – turning the hearts of 100,000 volunteers and more, through the 2012 Indexing P...

2012-03-26

On April 2, 2012, Americans will wake up to find their new census present under the tree, the United States Federal Census of 1...

2012-02-08

RootsTech Conference helps historians move full-throttle into the scientific era of doing genealogy....

2012-02-01

Each of us has the opportunity to influence the lives and experiences of others as our hearts turn to those that we serve. ...

2012-01-30

To be held February 2-4, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah, this conference offers over 100 hands-on workshops and interactive prese...

2012-01-04

The phrase “Glory to God…” was not merely an expression of adoration but of covenant renewal....

2011-12-07

In this high tech world of ours, all too often in the quest to identify and document ancestry, too many genealogists tend to lo...

2011-10-05

“I will miss Great-Grandma, but my Daddy taught me that she is in Heaven playing with my children.” ...

2011-09-07

Forgetting the past and its lessons is called historical amnesia, and generations suffer with this memory loss....

2011-08-03

In the tumultuous times that we live, what are parents to do? How do we protect our children? How do we arm them with truth? In...

2011-07-07

The stories we heard at our grandpa’s knee about his grandparents may not have been entirely accurate. But now is the time t...

2011-07-06

BYU has done it again! This coming July 26-29, 2011 at the BYU Conference Center in Provo, Utah, once again thousands will “e...

2011-06-01

The next four years marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and opens up new opportunities for family research....

2011-03-02

Some of us may experience fear or hatred of some family member who needs their temple work done. What do we do?...

2011-02-03

Creative family activities which plant the love of their ancestral roots in the hearts of the children. ...

2011-01-05

Going to Grandmother’s house these days may be as simple as turning on the computer and learning where your ancestors lived....

2010-12-01

How do you find the homes of your ancestors? Go on a journey with Jim Petty and see what he found in England....

2010-11-01

Something as simple as the place where you put your keys can be a reminder of history and the people who made it....

2010-10-06

Stories of LDS Germans during World War II make compelling reading. ...

2010-09-01

Those who work in family history know that there are chance coincidences of good fortune, sparks of light that happen out of no...

2010-08-04

Someday there will be a grand reunion that will top even the best reunions we hold here....

2010-07-07

Don’t discard Grandma’s box of genealogy that’s full of so many papers. It’s not all on the Internet—and she may hav...

2009-04-27

The "Hole in the Rock" pioneers showed legendary courage and devotion in carrying out their mission, given by a prophet. Can we...

2009-04-27

Remember that the names which will be so difficult to find are of real people to whom you owe your existence in this world and ...

2009-04-27

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2009-04-27

Canute Peterson prayed with such intensity for Sarah, overcome with cholera, that he thought he floated on his way back to camp...

2009-04-27

How could this anti-Mormon, bootlegger ancestor ever be interested in having her temple work done?...

2009-04-27

An English woman and member of the Willie Handcart Company had been blessed that all of her family would live to see the valley...

2009-04-27

Draw your entire family into your pedigree charts with fun games and questions. It's a way to help them turn their hearts....

2009-04-27

The Church's new FamilySearch indexing project is helping us find those elusive, lost ancestors....

2009-04-27

Peter Barton followed his guide into the basement archives of the International Committee of the Red Cross Headquarters in Gene...

2009-04-27

Here's why it is so important to accurately site your source in doing Family History....

2009-04-27

If you can't find your missing ancestors in all the usual places you think to look, don't give up just yet....

2009-04-27

While he watched his grandfather's antics in a family film from the 1930's, he learned something about a family trait he wanted...

2009-04-27

To help Meridian readers get ready to participate in the new.familysearch.org's global family research, this is the first of a ...

2009-04-27

Here's an idea for making a family cookbook a treasure of ancestral stories and memories....

2009-04-27

In modern genealogy there is a plethora of pedigrees being shared online with little or no attempt to provide proof of accuracy...

2009-04-27

Doing our family history and genealogy is an important part of being valiant in our testimony of Jesus Christ. All too often, ...

2009-04-27

A slender volume of poetry inscribed by President Heber J. Grant turns a son's heart to his great-grandfather....

2009-04-27

People tend to place other people high on pedestals, or low in pits. Mothers are spoken of in idyllic terms, and we hold the po...

2009-04-27

Modern technology has taken away much of the tedium of doing family history. Whoops and hollers of success are much easer to c...

2009-04-27

Family history and genealogy require a great of time, effort, and skill. When it comes to doing our genealogy, hiring a pro can...

2009-04-27

Visiting an ancestral home plays an important part in compiling pictures of our ancestors. In traveling to such places we see t...

2009-04-27

Whether your ancestors helped settle the frontier of Utah or the penal colony of Sydney, Australia, you can celebrate their liv...

2009-04-27

Linking the lives of our ancestors to the events of recorded history helps us understand what has happened in the past and why ...

2009-04-27

A son's status in life may depend on how big his shirt is. This story of shirts tells how one son tried to live up to his fathe...

2009-04-27

How can parents help turn the hearts of their children to the fathers, if the parents don't know who the fathers are? It is vit...

2009-04-27

If your family history problems seem as big as an elephant, tuck in your napkin and reach for your salt shaker....

2009-04-27

The wunderkind of family history today is the Internet. Or is it? Rumor has it that there are "all encompassing" databases on t...

2009-04-27

I am not surprised when people tell me they have never experienced a miracle. Experiencing miracles requires recognizing them....

2009-04-27

This is His work we are engaged in, not ours, and sometimes we need to be reminded of that....

2009-04-27

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2009-04-27

With as ordered, compartmentalized, structured and recorded we are today in the Church, you would think getting your Grandpa's ...

2009-04-27

The only way to describe it was that a spirit enveloped me, or perhaps touched my spirit. I felt a pleading, a prayer, a reques...

2009-04-27

So wrote Emma Lazarus in 1883. Her words are found inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty; a Welcome, beckoning to al...

2009-04-27

Everyone needs to have places of refuge, where we can go to feel the Spirit of the Lord, and enjoy relief from the daily trials...

2009-04-27

There is an old saying, 'what is good for the goose, is good for the gander.' This really came home to me this last Sunday even...

2009-04-27

William Henry Wright hurried up Guildford Street and past New John Street, to Geach Lane. It was raining here in Birmingham, En...

2009-04-27

Can your lost ancestors be found? Are there family stories to be discovered in your family lines? Is it possible to learn the d...

2009-04-27

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2009-04-27

Everyone who searches for their ancestors' names in genealogy and family history, hopes to discover new information each time t...

2009-04-27

A celebration that will linger in our minds and memories as an experience to be remembered for a long time to come. But it was ...

2009-04-27

Every Lee family member wonders if they were related to General Robert E. Lee. Every Franklin wonders if there was a Benjamin i...

2009-04-27

There is always something that can be done, even if you aren't a genealogist....

2009-04-27

This series of articles "Genealogy - I Am Doing It..." are intended to provide families with activity ideas they can use to int...

2009-04-27

A reader who was adopted as a child asks, "Where did I come from?"...

2009-04-27

Whenever I hear the word "tradition" I think of the theme song from the musical Fiddler On The Roof-"TRADITION!" His society wa...

2009-04-27

Here's a clue for filling in some of the blank spaces in your family history....

2009-04-27

I have learned personally that doing genealogy and communicating with the world of spirits goes hand-in-hand....