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Michael Hait

Certified Genealogist speaks on genealogy research methods

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Michael Hait, CG(sm), is available for both in-person lectures and online webinars. Michael is a professional genealogist, specializing in Maryland research, African-American genealogy, and Civil War records. He currently serves as Vice-President of the National Capital Area chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Michael is the creator of The Family History Research Toolkit CD-ROM, published by Genealogical Publishing Co. in 2008. He is the instructor of the "African American Ancestors" course for the National Institute of Genealogical Studies, and the coordinator of the resource library for the Lowcountry Africana project. Michael actively writes and lectures on genealogical research topics. He has also self-published 7 books, in 2010 and 2011.

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Sep. 10, 2011 MGS/MD Hist. Society

Your method of presentation and the resources and examples you described were excellent. I've been researching Civil War soldiers for 10 years and learned a number of new things to check out from your talk. We received excellent feedback on your presentation from attendees. Thanks.

John Siemon
March 19, 2011 African American Brickwalls Webinar

The case study you gave was wonderful and opened my eyes to maybe solving some brickwalls I have. I especially like the slide with the survey you showed. Great presentation!

Tina Sansone · Tina Sansone's Genealogy Services
Thursday, March 17, Reasonably Exhaustive Research Webinar

I liked the content and the ranger of documentation you showed in your example showed me already I am in need of being a bit more aggressive in my records search. The case of Henry Hait was fascinating and I look forward to tackle my own work in a more detailed manner. Thank you so much, Michael, and I can not wait to be able to catch your Civil War program.

Sharon Lighthouse
Webinar

Extremely organized and knowledgeable presenter that simplies research processes.

Cary's Genealgoy
I attended the Reasonably Exhaustive Search webinar.

Excellent use of slides and thank you so much for not reading them AND using them as talking points. Your use of examples and the accompanying source citations was very informative and shows the rest of us why it is such a good idea to source our research!

Tessa Keough
12 March 2011 Both Webinars

I was lucky enough to get into both of your Webinars, Exhaustive Search and the Civil War. I enjoyed them both very much, very informative. As I am no where close to exhausting my searches, I don't have to worry about that one, but was very educational to know that so much is available, you just need to look.
The Civil War webinar was my first webinar on Military data. I really need to learn alot more about Military papers, especially the pension records. They have always scared me but you really gave me courage to get going on searches for military records.

P Kristine Hurd
Webinar, Mar 12, 2011

I learned a lot. Take your time and make sure you have all the evidence you can get! Also I loved all the examples you used.

Maureen Bausemer
MARCH 12, 2011 -- WEBINAR "REASONABLY EXHAUSTIVE SEARCH"

Very good examples that pointed up the variety of sources that can be used, as well as the important caveat about paying attention to those questions that remain even if evidence points to one answer. It would have been very easy, in the case of Henry Hait, to believe you had 'enough' evidence. Showing us that a lot of it was indirect and that even the direct evidence wasn't necessarily reliable, was good pedagogy. The way you approached the topic was engaging and drew us into your search.

Barbara Schenck
March 12, 2011 - Webinar

I attended the "What is a Reasonably Exhaustive Search" webinar today and it was wonderful! I loved the case study that he included - it made it easy to see how the steps can be applied.

Elyse Doerflinger
March 12, 2011 Webinar Civil War Ancestors

Today has been such an Educational experience. I learned so much as this was a field I did not know alot about. It has motivated me to revisit some of my Ancestors I know fought in the Civil War and see what other records I might find. Thank you.

Tina Sansone · Tina Sansone's Genealogy Services
March 12, 2011 online webinar

Gave a great presentation on "Your Civil War Ancestors: A Guide to Research" I took notes and everything was presented clearly and in a structured order. Thanks.

Tina Telesca
Civil War ancestors research - March 12 2011

I didn't realize how much information is in the Civil War pension files. I definitely need to get these documents on my Civil War ancestor.

Susan Petersen
Today's Civil War Webinar

Very well organized and well presented. Clear, concise. Good examples. Good pacing. Answered all questions.

Claire Bettag
Reasonably Exhaustive Search webinar March 12 2011

The importance of checking every possible available source - to review and evaluate the information - Michael provided some very good tools to help the beginning as well as experienced genealogist.

Susan Petersen
12 March 2011 webinar

Michael is an up-and-coming genealogical speaker who knows his stuff. His case studies are engaging and make their point. His visuals are pleasant to watch while he speaks. In a webinar those two elements are very important since the person is not visible. As webinars become more popular, Michael's demand is sure to rise.

Elissa Scalise Powell
Reasonably Exhaustive Search Webinar on March 12, 2011

It was very informative and motivating. I love the stories that made it come alive and more personal. Giving examples was great. I especially loved the story where you found the Slave family in the Family Books by chance. Very entertaining and educational Webinar. Thanks.

Tina Sansone
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Tina Sansone · Tina Sansone's Genealogy Services
Webinar, Saturday 12 March

Excellent, clear, thorough presentation. This would be a very good opportunity for genealogical societies to have access to excellent material. Thank you, Michael!

Claire Bettag
Genealogical Society of PA webinar, 2 weeks ago

Michael's webinar was engaging, and very helpful. He has expertise in a number of areas, especially in sound research methods.

Toni Carrier
Washington Family History Conference, 2010

I count Michael as a good friend and we try to support one another in our research and lecturing efforts. He is a superb lecturer whose passion for genealogy shines. He is extremely knowledgeable in the areas of Maryland, African-American and Civil War era research,and a top-notch professional researcher. He is also just an all around nice guy who will help almost anybody when and how he can.

Robyn Smith
February,2010-Hudson County Gen Society, Hudson County, NJ

Michael spoke to a joint meeting between the HCGS and the Jersey City Chapter of AAHGS. He drove from Maryland to Hudson County, NJ, across from New York City. He was eloquent, well prepared, extremely knowledgable on African-American research,well versed and able to answer every question thrown at him. From the feedback and comments of attendees that day, his presentation was, and still is, one of the best we have had.

Ellen Healy · Hudson County Gen Society
February,2010-Hudson County Gen Society, Hudson County, NJ

Michael spoke to a joint meeting between the HCGS and the Jersey City Chapter of AAHGS. He drove from Maryland to Hudson County, NJ, across from New York City. He was eloquent, well prepared, extremely knowledgable on African-American research,well versed and able to answer every question thrown at him. From the feedback and comments of attendees that day, his presentation was, and still is, one of the best we have had.

Ellen Healy · Hudson County Gen Society
February 24, 2011; Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania Webinar

Very interesting; Presentation was full of useful material; very organized and notes were clear.

J Mark Lowe · Ky-Tn Research Associates

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