Rev. David McDonald

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

Phone: 608.846.0486

Fax: 608.846.5734

Email: dave@oldnorthwestresearch.com

Contact between 8 am to 9 pm US Central


Certifications:

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)


Specialties:

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.


Lectures:

  • 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.


    Bio:

    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.

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