(this appeared in the Ancestry Daily News in 2000 and I thought it worth repeating for those who might not have seen it. Bits and pieces are dated, but there is still some good food for thought.) ============================================================“HAVE YOU . . . ? I WONDER,” by Michael John Neill============================================================Genealogists ask questions of relatives, record keepers, librarians, family members, […]
I’m always tentatively excited when I get a new match that appears to fit into my family of my great-great-grandparents, Samuel and Annie (Murphy) Neill. The key word is “tentative.” I’m always hoping it will help to to connect back to earlier generations of my Irish heritage. This match, “S,” was noticed because it was […]
A “reasonably exhaustive search” in the genealogical lexicon means, generally, to look at everything that could reasonably answer a genealogy problem or question. That’s a good approach, but sometimes “brute force,” or looking at everything and anything works as well. And, “brute force” may give you answers to questions you did not even know you […]
In performing a manual search of naturalization records for Hancock County, Illinois, I discovered a large number of naturalizations that took place on 12 October of 1858. There were a total of twenty-two men who became United States citizens on that date. Given the location and the population of the county, that seemed like a […]
The Library of Virginia Chancery Court records website has added images of court records for Orange County, Virginia, to their website. Counties are being added on a continual basis. This is an excellent way to preserve these records and make them available to researchers. There is one court case in which I’m particularly interested: one […]
We’ve set the dates for our annual trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City-in August of 2022. Details are posted on our announcement page.
We’ve brought back my trip to the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. There are details on our announcement page.
The photograph of my Mother pushing a doll in a stroller was taken in the 1940s. That I’m sure of. What I am less certain of is the location. Given where Mom and her grandparents lived, I’m reasonably certain the photograph was taken in Hancock County, Illinois. But where within the county I am not […]
Join me on 10 March to learn more about your US farming ancestors or see our US land records class or 1850-1940 Census Analysis. Details are on our post.
The schedule for the Southern California Genealogical Society’s annual Genealogy Jamboree has gone live and registrations are now being processed. I’ll be giving two talks. One is on converting ancestral stories to children’s stories and the other is on DNA analysis when you have quite a few double and triple relationships to reasonably close cousins. […]