CAFG Announces New Scholarship Recipients in the Mentor Program

The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) is excited to announce two new scholarship recipients in the Mentor Program, Melanie Holtz, CG and Michael Hait, CG.

Melanie Holtz, CG is a past board member of APG and the current Vice President and Director of Programs for the North Carolina Chapter of APG. She currently serves on the Professional Development Committee that works to provide new educational and mentorship opportunities for APG members. She has received her Certification from the Board of Certification for Genealogists, a graduate of the ProGen 1 class, past coordinator for ProGen 7, and has managed a project to abstract the civil record indexes for the towns of Polizzi Generosa and Isnello Italy.

Michael Hait, CG is a full time genealogist that does research, writing and lecturing professionally since August 2010. But, he has had an interest in family history since he was 8 years old! He has taken courses at IGHR, including ESM’s “Advanced Methodology” course. He will be teaching three sessions at IGHR 2012 and presenting two lectures at his first National Conference, the NGS conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. Michael’s research specialties include African American genealogy, especially the periods of slavery through Reconstruction, Maryland genealogy and the US Civil War. He is currently the Vice President of the National Capital Area Chapter of APG, and was recently elected to the Board of Directors for 2012-2013. He has also contracted with the Army in researching Forensic cases and looks forward to learning from the CAFG Mentor Program.