Michael J. Hall has a BS in Anthropology from Brigham Young University (BYU). He is a US Marine and lives in Orem, Utah with his wife. He has worked in the Family History Department as a United States Reference Consultant, Supervisor of the Library Acquisitions Unit, Manager of Family Records Extraction Program, Digital Book Scanning Program Manager, Strategic Relations Manager, and is currently the Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer working with Archives, and Historic and Genealogical Societies worldwide.
Michael is the past Chair of the Genealogy committee for the American Library Association (ALA), and past Chair of the Genealogy and Local History section for the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). He was previously Director at Large for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) board, Vendor Chair for the 2005 FGS Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah; and the 2009 FGS Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. Mike is also an active member of National Genealogical Society (NGS), Association of Portuguese Genealogy (Lisbon, Portugal), New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYGBS), and various other state and local genealogical societies. Michael has been an instructor at the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium (NERGC), Genealogical Institute of Federal Records (GenFed) (where he was the assistant director), Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), and at various National Genealogical Conferences. Most recently, he was the course director for “Course 6: In-depth Sources for Portuguese Research-Azores, Brazil, Portugal” at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). His research includes his Portuguese-American ancestry (Azores Islands) and military records.