What is a 'Reasonably Exhaustive Search'?

What is a 'Reasonably Exhaustive Search'?


by Michael Hait, CG, CGL

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What is a 'Reasonably Exhaustive Search'?


The first step of the Genealogical Proof Standard is to "complete a reasonably exhaustive search for all relevant records" related to your research objective. This presentation discusses what a "reasonably exhaustive search" constitutes, why this is necessary, and how to conduct a search. A case study explores how failing to identify all relevant records can lead to missing information and forming inaccurate conclusions about your ancestors' lives.


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Presenter: Michael Hait, CG, CGL

Michael Hait, CGSM, is a full-time professional genealogist, with over fifteen years of research experience across the United States. His specialties include Maryland research, African American genealogy, and records of the Civil War and Reconstruction era. Michael is a frequent contributor to genealogy magazines and journals, and a popular lecturer in the Mid-Atlantic area.

Visit his website at www.haitfamilyresearch.com
Michael Hait, CG, CGL