Malissa Ruffner, JD, MLS, Certified Genealogist®


Based in Baltimore; close to Washington, D.C. and Annapolis.

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Director of Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, Gen-Fed (formerly National Institute on Federal Records, NIGR), appointed 2015; Managing Editor, Maryland Genealogical Society Journal, appointed April 2017; working on the Georgetown Memory Project.

Certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists® , 2014.

Completed ProGen (Professional Genealogy) Study Group, 2011; Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Advanced Research Methodology, 2012; Forensic Genealogy Institute (CAFG), 2012, 2015; Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Mid-Atlantic Research, 2010, and American Records: Researching Localities, 2011; Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Military Records Overview, 2010; National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR), 2010.

Certified Genealogist® is a registered service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by the Board’s associates after periodic evaluation.

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