- Certified Genealogist (Certificate no. 1018), 9 July 2011; Board for Certification of Genealogists, Washington, D. C. Renewed as of 9 July 2016. Valid through 9 July 2021.
- Certified Genealogical Lecturer (Certificate no. 40), 9 July 2016; Board for Certification of Genealogists, Washington, D. C. Valid through 9 July 2021.
- Have conducted genealogy research for clients since 2006.
- Have conducted genealogical research on numerous celebrities for the U. S. television program Who Do You Think You Are?, appearing on-screen on the Chris O'Donnell episode (airing 20 August 2013).
- Author of the "American Genealogical Studies: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation" course offered through the National Genealogical Society.
- Author of the "Research: African American Ancestors" course offered through the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.
- Have conducted extensive historical research on an enslaved community for National Park Service archaeologists at Monocacy Battlefield, involving enslaved African Americans in Maryland and Louisiana and their free descendants. Initial research results published (see "Publications" page). Research currently ongoing.
- Research provider through Ancestry.com ExpertConnect program, from May 2009 through April 2011.
- Current or previous member of faculty of the Institute of Genealogical & Historical Research (Samford University); Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (Utah Genealogical Association); and Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.
- Co-founder and -administrator of the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research.
- First Place, National Genealogical Society Family History Writing Contest, 2012; for article "In the Shadow of Rebellions," published in National Genealogical Society Quarterly 100 (Dec 2012): 245-266.
- First Place, International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, 2011 Excellence-in-Writing Competition, Category I (Newspaper Articles); for article “Learning from Genealogical Failure,” originally published in “National African American Genealogy” Examiner column, 18 January 2010.
- Second place, International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, 2010 Excellence-in-Writing Competition, Category I (Newspaper Articles); for article “Adam Adams, Free Black, Revolutionary War Soldier,” originally published in “National African American Genealogy” Examiner column, 3 July 2009.
Genealogical Education (Highlights)
- 2014 International Genetic Genealogy Conference (sponsored by the Institute for Genetic Genealogy), 15–17 August 2014; Bethesda, Maryland
- Course 2: Determining Kinship Reliably with the Genealogical Proof Standard (Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, coordinator), 22–26 July 2013; Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, LaRoche College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Course 4: Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis (Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, coordinator), 12–17 June 2011; Institute of Genealogical & Historical Research, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama
- Pro Gen Study Group, September 2009–April 2011
- “Genealogical Research from the Plan to the Report: A Hands-on Workshop,” Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG; Association of Professional Genealogists, National Capital Area chapter, Washington, D. C.
- “Using DNA in Genealogy with Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak,” 30 May 2009; Marion, Indiana. Four lectures on DNA testing in genealogical research.
- Board for the Certification of Genealogists (BCG); Board of Trustees, 2013–16, 2016–19
- Association of Professional Genealogists (APG); Board of Directors, 2012–13
- APG, National Capital Area Chapter; Vice-President, 2010–12
- APG, Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter; Chapter Representative, 2013
- APG, Writers Special Interest Group; founding President, 2014–15
- National Genealogical Society
- New England Historic Genealogical Society
- New York Genealogical & Biographical Society
- Maryland Historical Society
- Maryland Genealogical Society
- International Society of Genetic Genealogists
- "Michael Hait's African American Genealogy Research At A Glance," interview with Robin Foster on Over Troubled Water radio show, BlogTalkRadio, 21 September 2011
- "Digging Deeper: Dealing with Conflicting Genealogy Evidence," with DearMYRTLE on Geneabloggers radio show, BlogTalkRadio, 30 September 2011
- "Maryland State Genealogy Resources with Michael Hait, CG," interview with Bernice Bennett on Research at the National Archives and Beyond! radio show, BlogTalkRadio, 22 March 2012
- Ami Spencer, “Interview: Michael Hait,” Write Out Loud blog, posted 24 August 2009
- “May I Introduce To You . . . Michael Hait,” Geneabloggers blog, posted 29 March 2010
- Thomas Macentee, “Interview – Michael Hait,” Geneabloggers blog, posted 22 February 2011
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