Genealogy Week

Carl Sandburg COllege
Galesburg, Illinois

 

Spring 2009

 

presentations made by Michael John neill

 

 

Using Ancestry.com -  LEI C37 601                                               Cost:   $40

Ancestry.com provides online access to a wide variety of United States genealogical information, including census records, passenger lists, published books, military indexes, and much, much more. Attendees will have complete access to the Ancestry.com site for the duration of our workshop and our morning will provide an overview of what is on the Ancestry site and the afternoon will discuss effective search techniques, organizing your online search and determining what offline records complement what is found on Ancestry.com

 

Monday, meets 3/09/09 only, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Room B026

Instructor:  Michael Neill 

 

Using Footnote.com  -  LEI C37 602                                              Cost:   $40

Footnote.com offers online access to National Archives microfilm such as Revolutionary War Service Records and Pensions, Bureau of Investigation Case Files (1909-1921), Southern Claims Commission Files, and a host of other records. Footnote’s images are searchable and downloadable and users can interact with other users, notate images, and much more. Footnote is available by subscription and attendees will have complete access to the entire Footnote site for the duration of the workshop. We will see how the images are organized and indexed to make searching and use of the images as efficient as possible.

 

Tuesday, meets 3/10/09 only, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Room B026

Instructor:  Michael Neill 

 

USING FAMILYSEARCH.ORG  -  LEI C53 600                                                Cost:   $40                 

This day-long session will focus on what databases are on the Mormon genealogy website, FamilySearch. Sessions will provide an overview of the main databases on the site, how to search those databases, using the site to prepare for a trip, and interacting with other researchers via the site.

 

Wednesday, meets 3/11/09 only, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Room B026

Instructor:  Michael Neill

 

USING LAND RECORDS  -  LEI C39 600                                              Cost: $40                   

This day-long session will focus on land records in the United States. Terminology, record organization, and land descriptions will be discussed both in state and federal land states. Search approaches for using land records will also be covered.

 

Thursday, meets 3/12/09 only, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Room A066

Instructor:  Michael Neill

 

 

 

 

 

GENEALOGY PROBLEM SOLVING  -  LEI C30 600                          Cost: $40                   

This day-long series of sessions will focus on general problem solving techniques applied to family history research. Several detailed examples will be demonstrated, focusing on how the problem was solved when records were inconsistent, families provided little information, and some materials were impossible to locate.

 

Friday, meets 3/13/09 only, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Room A066

Instructor:  Michael Neill

 

USING NON-ENGLISH LANGUAGE RECORDS  -  LEI C30 601     Cost: $40                   

This all-day workshop will begin with a generalized procedure for reading non-English records. Attendees will see examples in German, Latin, and Swedish. There will also be time for hands-on work in interpreting church and other records in foreign languages. you do not need to be fluent to translate most languages, but you must practice and be patient.

 

Saturday, meets 3/14/09 only, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Room A066

Instructor:  Michael Neill

 

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Michael John Neill has been an active genealogist for twenty-five years. He has researched his children’s ancestry in fifteen states and six foreign countries. Michael writes a regular column for Ancestry.com and has lectured nationally on a wide variety of genealogy topics. He leads an annual research trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and maintains a website at www.rootdig.com