I know precious little about Irishman John Neill. He lived in the NewtownLimavady area of County Derry, Ireland, in the 1860s when his son Joseph married in the Drumachose Parish at the Derrymore Presbyterian Church. John had another son Samuel. The brothers were born in the 1830s. What I have learned about John and about research by researching John:
- the importance of siblings. Samuel’s my direct ancestor but I have learned more about John from researching Joseph.
- poor Irish are difficult to research.
- DNA may help. One reason I’ve submitted to a DNA genealogy test is to potentially find some matches on my direct male line as John is my direct patrilineal ancestor.
- don’t stop researching. After years of research, I may have located another child of John–a daughter who stayed in Ireland.