Michael John Neill
Genealogy Workshop and Seminar
Dearborn, Michigan
Henry Ford Community College
October 2005

Registration for each day is separate. You do not need to register for both days.

14 October 2005
Computer lab workshop
using Family Search, Rootsweb.com, and Ancestry.com

Ever wonder what Family Search, Rootsweb, and Ancestry.com have to offer? We will spend time looking at the free parts of these three sites, the most popular genealogical sites on the internet. The FamilySearch site is maintained by the Mormon Church and contains free references to millions of individuals and access to the church's vast card catalog. We will explore all areas of this free genealogical resource that should be utilized by any family historian. Rootsweb.com is the second largest free genealogy website and we will see how to find all Rootsweb has to offer to further your own genealogy research. Ever wondered what Ancestry.com has?  We will look at the free and the fee-based parts of this site as well, with each attendee having access to Ancestry.com during the workshop. This workshop has limited enrollment and will be held in a computer lab with each attendee having computer use during the workshop. Workshop starts at 8:30.

15 October 2005
Genealogy Lecture Workshop with Michael John Neill

This series of Saturday lectures will draw from four of Michael's most popular lectures. Attendees will received a detailed handout for this lecture based workshop. Lunch is not included. Workshop starts at 9:00.

Michael will present the following four lectures:

Where Did the Farm Go?

Learn the most likely ways your ancestor's property left his ownership. Tracking these records may lead to additional clues and more information than you expected.

Searching and Using Court Documents

There is a reasonable chance your ancestor's name appears in a court record. The problem is finding that record and interpreting it once the record has been located. This lecture will present court record searching techniques as well as provide information on using and interpreting these records.

When it Doesn't Make Sense

Records are not always consistent and many times are downright confusing. This lecture will draw on three examples from Michael's own research where the records were wrong, the informant was lying, the clerk was confused, or all three. Learn how to sift out the truth and ways to organize your information to minimize the chance that records are incorrectly interpreted.

Tried and Tested Tidbits

This lecture discusses research practices and techniques that most of us need to be reminded of every now and again.

For more information, please contact

Joyce Deaton JDeaton@hfcc.edu

at the college's Center for Lifelong Learning

or Michael Neill   michaeln2@winco.net


Mailing address to request a brochure:

Joyce Deaton

Center for Lifelong Learning

Henry Ford Community College

22586 Ann Arbor Trail

Dearborn Heights, MI  48127