May I Introduce To You . . . Michael Hait

Michael Hait

I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Michael Hait’s blog, Tricks of the Tree. Michael shares his personal plans and goals, family genealogy and writings that would not be included in the other two columns he writes:

  • African-American Genealogy Examiner: focusing on methodology and news relating to African-American genealogy.
  • Baltimore Genealogy & History Examiner: focusing on methodology and news relating to Maryland genealogy and history.

Michael is a published author and lecturer in the genealogy field. He is currently serving as the Vice-President of the National Capital Area chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and an instructor for the National Institute of Genealogical Studies. Michael specializes in Maryland research, Civil War research, African-American research and other genealogical topics.

Doing genealogy has always come quite natural for Michael, in his own words, “genealogy is that special something in my life that just fits.  It is the perfect amalgam of my love for my family, and my love for American history”.

Michael has been researching his family history and has been active in genealogy since he was about nine years old.  His interest came about when Michael’s grandmother’s sister had compiled their family history and his grandmother had shown him her pedigree charts.  He instantly became devoted and committed to his family history and to genealogy.

Michael’s grandmother was a great influence to him, and soon began writing to relatives asking about family.   Michael still holds the letters from his great-grandmother, telling the stories of earlier generations and spiking his interest more and more.  Michael had the great fortune of growing up with his great-great grandmother who lived to be 103 and passed when Michael was in high school.

His connections to the older generations in his family served as connections to our nation’s history. Michael is committed to continuing his family history research and wants to share his experience and offer his service to others, hoping that his passion spreads to those who are interested in family history. You can visit Michael’s website: Michael Hait, Professional Genealogist Family History Research to learn all about him, the services he offers to genealogists and his many accomplishments.

Michael’s Family and His Blogs

The Tricks of the Tree blog is Michael’s personal family blog and but he doesn’t find family members reading or following the site. Generally, Michael’s family finds all of the “genealogy talk” boring!

How Michael Follows the Rest of Us

Michael uses Google Reader to keep up with his blog reading. Currently he follows approximately 60 blogs.  Michael does not use his email for blog reading.

Michael’s Thoughts on Blogging

Michael never had hesitations on blogging, he has been writing for publications since he was 19, having the experience, blogging and writing comes very natural to him.

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Please head over to Michael’s blog and additional site’s he authors for, leave him a comment letting him know you stopped by.  Welcome Michael!

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Gini Webb lives in San Diego, California and manages her own blog, Ginisology, while also researching her own German heritage, recently retired, enjoying life with wonderful husband Steve and visiting with her now seven grandchildren!

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