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Michael John Neill
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Attended Western Illinois University
Lives in Galesburg, Illinois
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An Asterisk On a Compiled Service Record
Another gem from the National Archives. No smoking guns here, but if you've ever seen a footnote in a compiled military service record from the National Archives and wondered what could be in that record, here's what happened in my case. In " Muster-Out Ver...
Another gem from the National Archives. No smoking guns here, but if you've ever seen a footnote in a compiled military service record from the National Archives and wondered what could be in that record, here's what happened...
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We've blogged about this in the past, but since the errors have fallen on apparent deaf ears, we're mentioning it again. One always has to take database search results with a grain of salt. That's always been true and will...
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FamilySearch Website Tips and Tricks Webinar Released
Tips and Tricks for FamilySearch   - This webinar discusses ins and outs of using the the FamilySearch  site,   searching by family structure, global searches, interpreting searches (and the differences between image databases, non-image databases, and simi...
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Is It Information or Evidence that Anna Goldenstein Lived in Palmyra in 1914?
Does this qualify as evidence that Anna Goldenstein was living in Palmyra, Missouri, in 1914? After all, it did appear in the newspaper and was (supposedly) taken from court records. Does that alone make it evidence that Anna Goldenstein was actually living...
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Ancestry, I'm Not From Jersey County and Spellling Errors Are Bad Enough!
We've blogged about this in the past, but since the errors have fallen on apparent deaf ears, we're mentioning it again. One always has to take database search results with a grain of salt. That's always been true and will continue to be true. One should al...
We've blogged about this in the past, but since the errors have fallen on apparent deaf ears, we're mentioning it again. One always has to take database search results with a grain of salt. That's always been true and will ...
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FamilySearch Updates:TN, MT, and UT Materials
The following databases are showing as new or updated on FamilySearch  since our last post : Utah, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1879-1934 Montana, Sweet Grass County Records, 1887-2011 Tennessee, Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, 186...
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Focke Goldenstein's Farm Sale is Front Page News
Newspapers today don't usually publish prices for specific pieces of real property. That apparently was not the case in Quincy, Illinois, when the sale of my great-great-grandfather's farm was front page news. Focke Goldenstein sold 100 acres of Adams Count...
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I Found Five Pages And I'm Going To Use It
You've found a recently published book that contains a lovely five page write up on your family. Here's some ways to responsibly use it: Make a copy for yourself for  your  own  personal  use . This does not mean posting images of these pages to your  Ances...
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Riley Was Sick in the Fall of 1863
These are the only two medical record cards for Riley Rampley based upon his Civil War service in the 78th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. The fall of 1863 was not a good one for Riley. He was in the Regimental Hospital with dysentery and diarrhea. He was admi...
These are the only two medical record cards for Riley Rampley based upon his Civil War service in the 78th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. The fall of 1863 was not a good one for Riley. He was in the Regimental Hospital with dys...
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The typo has been corrected. Thanks for catching that.
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genealogist, teacher
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  • Genealogist
    1986 - present
  • Casefile Clues
    genealogist, teacher, 2009 - present
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Galesburg, Illinois
Previously
Carthage, Illinois
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Introduction

I am a genealogist who has actively researched his own family for over twenty-five years. I lecture on a wide variety of genealogy topics and write "Case File Clues" an independently published genealogy newsletter.

I also write the daily free "Genealogy Tip of the Day" and "Daily Genealogy Transcriber." I give seminars and workshops nationwide on a variety of genealogy-related topics. 

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  • Western Illinois University
    Mathematics-MS, 1987 - 1991
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