Friday, February 24, 2006

Speaker Spotlight: Michael John Neill

Michael John Neill grew up on a farm in rural Illinois in the county where many of his ancestral families have lived for five generations. His maternal ancestors all hail from Ostfriesland, an ethnic region in modern-day Germany. His paternal lines are mainly from Germany and the British Isles--his children's lines are from just about every country in Western Europe. One of his favorite activites in genealogy is to determine the location of his ancestor's farm.
Keep Reading About Michael J. Neill

He has researched his own families for over twenty years and is currently a math instructor at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois. Michael has lectured at genealogy workshops across the country over the past ten years and is currently on the board of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

In his spare time, he works on locating rich and famous people in United States federal census records, 1930 and before. One can learn a great deal about history by seeing people before they were well-known.

Michael will present two lectures in Chicago, both on Thursday. Bridging Buckeye Borders: Ohio Research, will provide an overview of Ohio's state and local records. He will teach how to locate and access those records. Michael's second lecture, Outside of Cook: Illinois Courthouses, will help the audience to learn what treasures are available in Illinois courthouses, and research strategies for those courthouses.

He also maintains a website at

Michael is a popular speaker and you won't want to miss him at NGS!


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