Ft. Wayne Trip-2018!

We still have room–join us!

We’ve set the dates for my 2018 Research Trip to the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana!

Any questions about registering? Email Michael at mjnrootdig@gmail.comacpl2

Join Michael John Neill for 3 days of research in August 2018 at the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana–one of the largest genealogical collections in the United States.

Registration open!

Trip includes:

  • assistance with pre-trip planning. Participants are encouraged to submit at least one (and no more than three) personal problems to Michael for assistance and suggestions before the trip
  • Morning lectures on intermediate topics.
  • On site consultation with Michael during library time. Each participant gets one 20 minute consultation with Michael on a specific research problem. There may be additional sessions if time allows. Michael will also be available for shorter, on-the-fly suggestions as well.
  • Handout. Lecture material, general information, and no more than two pages of research problem per participant will be included in the trip handout.



  • 5 August-no presentation, but I will arrive in the afternoon and we can schedule consultations in the afternoon as time allows.
  • 6 August– presentation in library at 9:00 am–until 10 am. Library research time and consultations with Michael (scheduled) until library closes at 9 pm.
  • 7 August– presentation in library at 9:00 am.–until 10 am. Library research time and consultations with Michael (scheduled) until library closes at 9 pm.
  • 8 August– presentation in library at 9:00 am.–until 10 am. Library research time and consultations with Michael (scheduled) until library closes at 9 pm.

Registration is limited and is on a first come, first served basis.


Cancellations prior to 30 May 2018 are subject to a $50 cancellation fee. There are no refunds after that date. Trading out your spot with someone else is allowed.

Lodging and Travel:

Participants are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and other expenses. There’s no hotel you are forced to use and we don’t have a long list of “group” activities that you are paying for as a part of the “package.” We are all about the research. Our approach is informal, laid-back, and focused on helping you make the most of your time at the library.Participants can stay at hotels in the downtown Ft. Wayne area or in less expensive lodging further from the downtown area

About Michael:

Michael has researched his own ancestors and those of his children for over thirty years. He has lectured on genealogical topics to groups across the United States and has lead research trips to the Allen County Public Library and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City for fifteen years.

23 thoughts on “Ft. Wayne Trip-2018!

  1. Kim Hanks

    Michael: I emailed you a couple of months ago about speaking to the Peoria County Genealogical Society, but I have heard no response.

    The question is do you do public speaking. We are so close to Galesburg; it would be nice to have a local expert come and share.

    And, what is your cost?

    Kim Hanks
    Newsletter Editor PCGS
    our website is http://www.peoriacountygenealogy.org and we are on facebook

    1. michaeljohnneill Post author

      My apologies…it must have gotten overlooked. I do give presentations and seminars and will respond to you privately later today. Thanks!

  2. Diann Sherwin

    I too would like information on your availability to speak to a local genealogical society and fee information. Thank you. Diann

  3. Joan Schacht

    I am researching my great-uncle who was one of only 147 Americans who died (9 Nov 1918) while they were a POW held by the Germans. He was born and raised in Moline, IL His WW I Draft Registration shows he was a Private in the IL National Guard for the previous 3 years. Do you have any tips for where I might located these records? I called the Guard office in Springfield and they said they do not have anything. Any ideas would be welcome.

    1. michaeljohnneill Post author

      Contact the Illinois State Archives and the National Archives. That would be the next set of places to look.

        1. Gail

          Don’t know if it’s ok to reach out here, but I have never seen the Colclasure name before except in my father’s family tree. Are you/your spouse descended from Chester or Harold Colclasure, sons of Riley (Mort) Morton Colclasure? Their mother, Ota Pigman Corry was my great grandfather’s sister. Please let me know if I can contact you.

          1. t wagner

            In my family tree I have a Jacob Colclesser b. 1854 Indiana and d. 1932 married 1880 to Arminia Shroyer b. 1862 Indiana d. 1926. Their son was Harvey Oscar Colcelsser b. 1883 in Jackson, Huntington, Indiana d. 1964 married 1908 to Dessie Miller b. 1988 in Huntington county, Indiana

            Teresa Dearmond Wagner
            you can contact me at wagnerAT@@charter.net

  4. Joy McGinnis

    Too late for me to schedule this trip to Ft Wayne… Do you have trips scheduled in the Fall of 2016 or any in 2017?—— I would also be interested in having you speak to our historical society

  5. Dina

    I heard you speak at SCGS Jamboree. I would learn so much from you. I am discussing this opportunity with my husband. Thanks for making it available.


    1. michaeljohnneill Post author

      There’s no recommended hotel for the Ft. Wayne trip. The Hilton is the closest and within a couple of blocks–so walking back and forth usually isn’t a problem. I usually stay in one of the less expensive motels on the western edge of town. There’s plenty of parking in the underground garage and a lot across the street from the library. If you have any other questions, please let me know.Michael

  6. Kathy

    Is there room on the Aug 2018 Ft Wayne trip? Do you work with any local researchers there? I would like to maximize my time there and do need some research assistance.
    Thanks, Kathy

    1. michaeljohnneill Post author

      We do still have room–plenty. We have had local people join us before–if I’m understanding your question. You can email me at mjnrotodig@gmail.com if you have any other questions. Thanks.

  7. Betty Gilbert

    Two of us would like to attend one or more presentations
    Please advise the topics
    What is the cost and who do we pay


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