Michael J. Herrick, born in 1946, is a amateur genealogist who has focused on Herrick family history for over 20 years, focusing mostly on the Joseph ancestrial line in America, but now expanding into studies of Herrick ancestry in England, including English Viking settlements. Trained in Psychology and Educational Research, he has been employed in various capacities in education, government and business. In 2002, he formed Herrick Research LLC, conducting research studies for educational clients. He received his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2000. He and his wife, Jane, have a son a daughter and five grandchildren, and live on the shores of Lake Superior in Herbster, Wisconsin and in the foothills of Tucson, Arizona.