SMCGS Seminars

2018 Spring Seminar: Your Genealogy: Research, Organize, & Solve

               with Michael John Neill


To register by mail, download flyer here.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Menlo Park LDS Hall, 1105 Valparaiso, Menlo Park       


  • Problem Solving Applied to Genealogy
  • Organizing Online Research
  • Researching the Entire Family and Beyond
  • Finding Barbara’s Beaus and Gesche’s Girls

YOUR genealogy is the focus of this seminar.

Michael John Neill brings methodologies and real examples that help YOU make your own genealogical discoveries, encourage YOU to think about how and what you search for and how you interpret your results, and provide YOU with ideas on how to move your research forward.

A forthright presenter, Michael is practical, down-to-earth, and speaks with just the right amount of humor. He is a National Lecturer on Genealogical Research.

REGISTRATION*:   Members: $45.00 each   Non-Members: $55.00 each   LUNCH: $10.00 each
*Includes SYLLABUS

REGISTRATION DATES: Ticket sales open February 15, 2019. After April 26 & Walk-Ins are $65.00.

TO REGISTER ONLINE, Click here.     To register by mail, download flyer here.

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Doors open at 8:00 am for Registration. Used book sale, Silent Auction, and homemade cookies!

Silent Auction items:  (2) 6-month World Explorer Memberships  (1) Annual Subscription (1) Annual Subscription
MyHeritage (1) 1-year complete plan ($334 value)
MyHeritage (1) DNA Kit
Genealogy Bank (2) 1-year subscriptions (1) 12-month Ultimate British and Irish subscription

SMCGS Spring Seminar Schedule
Saturday, 4 May 2019, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Michael John Neill has written on genealogical research topics since the late 1980s and has lectured nationally at a wide variety of local, regional, and national conferences and workshops. He has presented at NGS, FGS and Genealogy Jamboree. His presentations are down-to-earth, informational, full of real examples, and practical. He also injects humor into the presentations. In his non-genealogy life, Michael is a community college mathematics instructor and has a master’s degree in mathematics from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois

  8:00 – 9:00

REGISTRATION & Time to Browse our Silent Auction items & Book Sales

  9:00 – 9:15


  9:15 – 10:15     LECTURE ONE

Researching the Entire Family and Beyond

Focusing only on the direct line can cause significant information to be overlooked and larger patterns, records, and information to go unnoticed. This lecture discusses, via examples, the importance of researching the siblings, extended family, and associates of the ancestor of interest.


10:15- 10:45


 10:45 – 11:45   LECTURE TWO

Problem Solving Applied to Genealogy

 George Polya designed a 4-step process for solving problems, particularly mathematics “story problems.” This approach is applied to genealogy, both theoretically and through several examples.


 11:45 – 12:45   LUNCH

LUNCH – Time to check out the Silent Auction items, Book Sales and the Family History Center

 12:45 – 1:45   LECTURE THREE

Organizing Online Research

When a five-minute search does not locate an individual in a database, it is time to organize your online research process so that process can be evaluated and modified if information is not located. Through several examples we will see ways to structure effective searches, search processes, and search analysis.


 1:45 – 2:00  


 2:00 – 3:00   LECTURE FOUR

Finding Barbara’s Beaus and Gesche’s Girls

Two case studies focusing on women in the mid-1880s through the early 1900s.



                 Directions to Menlo Park LDS Church

                     1105 Valparaiso Ave., Menlo Park

From 101 North or South:  Exit 101 at Woodside Rd, proceed west to the El Camino.  Turn left onto the El Camino, proceed south through Redwood City & Atherton to Menlo Park, turn right at Valparaiso.  Proceed for 5 left turn only blocks.  Just past Arbor Rd. on the left is the LDS Church. 

From 280 North or South:  Exit 280 at Sand Hill Rd east, proceed east to the El Camino.  Turn left onto the El Camino, proceed through Menlo Park, and turn left at Valparaiso.  Proceed for 5 left turn only blocks.  Just past Arbor Rd. on the left is the LDS Church.