Rev. David McDonald

Old Northwest Research, LLC
P O Box 144
DeForest, Wisconsin 53532

Phone: 608.846.0486

Fax: 608.846.5734


Contact between 8 am to 9 pm US Central


Certified Genealogist SM; NIGR (2005); IGHR (2003--Advanced Methodology; 2011--Genealogical Writing); B. A., Beloit College (History & Government); M. Div., Eden Seminary (St. Louis); D. Min., Christian Seminary (Indianapolis)


The Midwest; migration patterns across the US; religious records and denominations; fraternal organizations and records; English research; methodology & analysis; land records, local & federal; presidential genealogy; New England; lineage societies; record transcription & analysis; genealogical credentials and educational opportunities.


  • Lutherpalians & Presbygationalists: Where Did Grandma's Church Go
  • English Church Records Since 1538
  • Illinois Migration & Settlement Patterns
  • New Yorkers to the Midwest
  • Presidential Genealogy: Kith & Kin in High Places
  • Reach for the Power Tools: Record Transcription & Analysis
  • Research in the States of the Northwest Territory
  • Wisconsin Research & Repositories
  • Indiana Research & Repositories
  • Iowa Research & Repositories
  • The Churches in North Carolina
  • The Scots-Irish to America
  • The Lincolns: An Extraordinary Family's Ordinary Story
  • It's A Good Thing Mother's Gone, or Should You Quit When You're Ahead?
  • English & Welsh Civil Registration Since 1837
  • Measuring Up: Understanding Obsolete Terms
  • Transcontinental Migration: How American Families Became Bicoastal
  • The Other Side of the Courthouse: Criminal & Civil Court Records
    More topics available and lectures can be developed for your conference's theme.

  • Speaking Conditions:

    While I prefer to be home for Sunday preaching responsibilities, I can occasionally miss. (Get on the schedule early!)
    I can provide my own projector if needed.
    Banquet and/or celebration speaking a specialty.

    Previous Engagements:

    Upcoming Events: 2013: NGS, Las Vegas; FGS, Ft. Wayne; Oklahoma Genealogical Society; Ohio Southeast Regional Conference; Genealogical Forum of Oregon
    NGS: 2005 (Nashville), 2006 (Chicago), 2008 (Kansas City), 2009 (Raleigh), 2010 (Salt Lake City), 2011 (Charleston), 2012 (Cincinnati)
    FGS: 2007 (Ft. Wayne), 2011 (Springfield), 2012 (Birmingham)
    ISBGFH 2008 Institute, Coordinator: Ecclesiastical Records in English Research
    2012: WISE-FHS (Denver); Plymouth (MI) Historical Museum Fall Seminar; Will-Grundy Counties (IL) Gen Soc's 30th Anniversary Celebration; Ohio Gen Soc Summer Seminar; Quad Cities (IL)
    2011: Dane County Area Gen Soc (WI); Colorado State Gen Soc
    2010: Saint Louis Genealogical Society; Wisconsin State Historical Society
    2009: Midwest Cornish Festival Genealogical Seminar, Mineral Point, Wisconsin
    2008: Lake County (IL) Gen Soc Fall Conference
    And other local society monthly meetings.


    35+ years research experience; 30+ years lecturing experience. Board-certified since 2004; trustee, past president, BCG; former director, NGS; past editor, WSGS Newsletter. Ordained Protestant minister. Recent recordings available from Jamb, Inc. Book reviewer, FGS Forum.

    The information contained on this page is the sole responsibility of the member and is not endorsed by the Genealogical Speakers Guild.
    Copyright © 2015 Genealogical Speakers Guild, All Rights Reserved.