About Me

This blog will discuss issues relating to professional and scholarly genealogy, including research methodology, educational opportunities, best practices, and other subjects. Will also periodically discuss case studies and ‘Ask a Professional’ questions/answers.

The author, Michael G. Hait, CG, CGL, is a full-time professional genealogical researcher, writer, and instructor. He has written case studies for several genealogical journals including the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, and the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. In 2012 Michael won 1st prize in the National Genealogical Society Family History Writing Competition for his article “In the Shadow of Rebellions,” exploring descendants of an enslaved woman living in 19th-century Maryland.

Michael has taught on numerous topics at the National Genealogical Society Annual Conference, the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Conference, the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.

Michael formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists (2012–2013) and on the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (2013–2018). He also served as the founding President of the APG Writers Special Interest Group.

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  1. I enjoyed your comments about sources. I started doing Genealogy about 40 years ago before “standards” were in place and we didn’t think about sources. Since that time I have tried to site my sources when I can. Part of my research was done back in the 1960’s at the Denver Library. Well, I moved and went back to gather my sources and found that much of it was unavailable to me because my move. Some of my sources were from handwritten records that my Grandmother and Grandfather kept. They were interested in Genealogy way back then. Sources…I do the best I can and do think that if at all possible they should be included. However, I have found that some of the Genealogy data/family tree programs have a rather cumbersome way of recording the sources. I can usually remember the book and author but don’t always have the library numbers. Have Fun!

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