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. February 22, 2003 

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.


Using the Bureau of Land Management Site

The Bureau of Land Management web site contains a searchable database (with actual patent images) of many of the millions of federal land patents that were issued by the federal government. These "first deeds" are an excellent genealogical source and not all are from the early days of settlement in an area. Many are of federal land sales that took place years or decades after statehood. This site contains high quality images these patents along with a sophisticated search interface. We will discuss search strategies, viewing and downloading the actual patent images and effectively using and interpreting the records.

Finding and using online maps

This session will discuss a variety of map sites for genealogical uses, ranging from scans of ancient maps to sites where modern maps are created on the fly. Also covered will be downloading these maps and using them in other Windows applications.

Downloading/Viewing GedCom files

GEDCOM files allow genealogists worldwide to share files. In this session we'll see programs that allow us to view GEDCOM files without importing the files into "good" data. Then we'll go through the steps of downloading GEDCOM files from Ancestry.Com, the Family History Library Site, and other sites on the web.


Putting Your Own Genealogy on the Web?

In this session we'll discuss the pros and cons of putting genealogical data on the Internet. We'll also discuss how and where genealogical data can be placed and how to make others aware of your genealogy website.


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.

Priority Registration Date 1 February 2002

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