Thursday, June 18, 2015

Class Highlight: Solving Problems Like a Professional with Michael Hait

Whether you are researching your own family or helping clients, everyone needs to approach genealogical problems like a professional.

This course will discuss the genealogical proof standard, focusing on processes used by successful professional genealogists. The course will teach means of efficient project management to achieve reliable results.

The required textbook is the Board for Certification of Genealogists, Genealogy Standards (2014). As part of the course, there will be a multi-part assignment will allow students to apply what they have learned to a problem of their own. Skills tested will include analyzing a research problem and past research, creating a research plan, identifying and obtaining records, and analyzing records for evidentiary value.
Michael is a proficient lecturer who "has a great grasp of his subject matter and teaches in an accessible yet highly instructional way."

Michael Hait, CG, is a full-time professional genealogical researcher, writer, and lecturer. 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 currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (2013–2016), and formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists (2012–2013).

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