Genealogy Computer Resources & Methods

A Hands-on Computer Lab Workshop

At St. Charles Community College

Sponsored by the St. Charles County Genealogical Society

Sat. October 19, 2002 

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

Please contact Juli Jones at to see if spots are available BEFORE SENDING MONEY. This is effective 25 September 2002.

Michael John Neill


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


Online Searching Techniques

We’ll discuss making the most of various online search sites, including the Social Security Death Index, WorldConnect GEDCOM files, the Bureau of Land Management database, and more.

Using the Family History Library (LDS Church) Web Site

We’ll hit the high points of this site, including the International Genealogical Index and the Library’s card catalog. Also included will be information on downloading information from the site (where possible).

Using the 1880 Census Transcription from the Family History Library

This dataset contains a transcription of every name from the 1880 census. There is much more to this database than the simple "search individual" screen. We’ll see how to search an entire state for specific words and how to construct searches when the last name is so misspelled it cannot effectively be used to search.


"New" Ancestor—what do I do online?

Michael will demonstrate what he does online every time he has a new ancestor or relative for whom to search. This systematic approach will cut down on the amount of time spent randomly surfing for that elusive link.


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




Registration Page is:

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.

Priority Registration Date 1 October 2002