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Michael John Neill
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That "Oh Duh!" moment
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Leeann Boone May 6, 2010.

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What surnames are you interested in researching?
Neill, Ufkes, Habben, Trautvetter, Rampley
What countries and other locations are you interested in researching?
What is your level of genealogy knowledge?
Professional Genealogist
If you are a genealogy expert, what are your specialties?
writing, lecturing
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Handstamp on an SS5 form

It took a little while, but I think I have finally figured out what the hand stamed entry on a 1963 SS5 form stands for.While it is not a major clue, at least I know what it means.

There is a link to the image of the SS5 form here:

After getting a few suggestions of what it could stand for, I googled it with the words "social secutiry" and came up with some interesting webpages.


Posted on September 4, 2009 at 2:07pm

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Many genealogists research for years and the information just stacks. Or it gets entered in the computer. But what happens when the genealogist dies? Your will may indicate where your papers are to go, but once you are dead, you are dead. Those papers and files may still go to the dump.

Consider publishing small pieces of your research in local publications, such as those of the local historical or genealogical society. Compiling a biography of great-great-grandfather may be a small… Continue

Posted on August 30, 2009 at 10:36am

Casefile Clues how-to Column by Michael John Neill

Just to let Genealogywise users know that my "how-to" column "Casefile Clues" is now housed on my own site It's a weekly column that typically discusses one record or family and analyzes it for clues, meanings, and suggested further research. "Casefile Clues" is not about new websites, new books, or "getting the latest scoop." It's about research. The website has more information. Thanks. Michael

If someone knows how to perform a global search of what's on… Continue

Posted on August 6, 2009 at 5:42pm — 2 Comments

Michael John Neill's Casefile Clues Column Moving...

For over ten years, I have written regular columns about my research experience, first for Ancestry and most recently for Dick Eastman. Starting this week, my weekly "how-to" column "Casefile Clues" will be available exclusively through subscription through my website I am very excited about the move. Our first issue will be sent out the first weekend of August.

I have written over 400 columns about my research experiences both in the United States and… Continue

Posted on July 28, 2009 at 7:35am

Looking for a copy of a page of a book in Harvard Libary

I'm trying to get a copy of one page from a book in Harvard's library that according to Google books contains the name of my ancestor. It is a German directory from the early nineteenth century. More information about it is here:



Posted on July 15, 2009 at 11:47am

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