Michael J. Hall has a BS in Anthropology from Brigham Young University (BYU). He lives in Orem, Utah with his wife. They have four married children and several grandchildren. He grew up in Junction City, Kansas where he graduated from High School in 1972. Mike is a United States Marine (Once a Marine, always a Marine!). He has worked in the Family History Department for the past thirty plus years 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 Libraries, Archives, Historical and Genealogical Societies worldwide. Previous to that he was employed by BYU as a Research Archaeologist.
His research includes the Azores from which his maternal ancestors immigrated to the United States. In addition, he has researched the New England, upper mid-west, and Central (Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa) regions, as well as Military sources of the United States. He is the Chair of the Genealogy and Local History committee of the American Library Association. In addition, he chairs a similar committee of the International Federation of Libraries and Associations (IFLA). He has written various genealogical guides for the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City, blog articles focusing on the War of 1812 Pensions, and an article for the FGS Forum on the importance of using the FamilySearch Wiki. He has also published several articles on Archaeological Research in the Great Basin.