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Michael John Neill

No Portrait Available M.S. (Mathematics)

Lecturer: Courses 2, 4


Michael John Neill has been actively involved in genealogical research for over twenty-five years and has researched families in a variety of American and European localities. Michael has a master's degree in mathematics and has taken additional graduate coursework in educational methodology and theory. He currently is on the mathematics faculty at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois, where he also coordinates a variety of genealogical offerings. Michael writes the how-to newsletter Casefile Clues which concentrates on case studies and genealogical methodology. He also writes the daily blog "Genealogy Tip of the Day" which concentrates on elementary and basic-level research topics. By ancestry, Michael is one-half Ostfriesen and has researched individuals from that area extensively in the United States and is especially interested in the 19th century rural immigrant experience.

Given his mathematical bent, Michael also has a special interest in land-platting and legal descriptions of property in Virginia and Maryland where he also has ancestral origins.

Michael has presented day-long seminars to groups across the United States and has lead research trips to the Fort Wayne, Indiana, library and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. He has written hundreds of how-to articles concentrating on various aspects of research methodology utilized while tracing his children's ancestry in most states east of the American Rockies.


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