Registrations still accepted as of 1 April 2005--email the society to let them know you are coming and so they can CONFIRM your space
Genealogy Computer Resources & Methods

A Hands-on Computer Lab Workshop

At St. Charles Community College

Sponsored by St. Charles Community College
and the St. Charles County Genealogical Society

Sat. April 2, 2005 

8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Michael John Neill


This all-day seminar will be presented on the campus of St. Charles Community College (Room Tech101) in St. Peters, Missouri (suburban St. Louis). Registration is limited as each student will have their own computer with Internet access.

Michael will be bringing copies of Ancestry's Red Book for purchase at $43 each. Please let him know if you are interested so enough copies are brought.


Using Online Library Card Catalogs (including WorldCat)

In this lecture we will focus on accessing and using online library card catalogs to learn what materials are available and to see how to effectively prepare for a library trip before leaving your own home. Online library card catalogs can allow genealogists to learn of books and materials even if they cannot visit the library. We will also see WorldCat, a global online library catalog that searches thousands of library card catalogs simultaneously.

Census Research Online

This session will discuss using online sources (both fee-based and free) for census research. We will compare sites such as, Genealogy.Com, Heritagequestonline, FamilySearch, and Rootsweb. We will see how census work can be done from home and appropriate search strategies for each site.

Online Genealogy Search Techiques and Procedures -TWO sessions

This two-session presentation will present tried and tested ways to effectively search online databases for genealogical information. Attendees will be exposed to creative search techiques at a variety of online sites with a focus on demonstrating a variety of search interfaces. Ways to work around spelling errors, transcription errors, and phonetic renderings will be discussed. We will also see a generalized research procedure to make the most of your online time and will look at sites that are sometimes overlooked by genealogists.


A complete handout is included in the fee. Lunch is not included and is on your own.




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Michael John Neill is a faculty member at Carl Sandburg College and the Genealogical Institute of Mid America. He is a columnist for the Ancestry Daily News and the FGS Forum and contributes to other genealogical publications. Michael has led research trips to the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne and has conducted hands-on genealogy computing workshops for eight years. He has been actively involved in genealogy for twenty years and lectures nationally on a variety of genealogy and genealogical computing topics.

Registrations still be accepted email the Society for more information

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