Informative and Engaging Leadership

David McDonald CG(sm) has been attending genealogical lectures at local society meetings throughout the midwest since the 1970s, first while working as a genealogical vendor, later as an attendee, and finally as a presenter.

His workshops, often humorous, are always informative and engaging. Whether speaking on American records and their usefulness to beginners or on trans-Atlantic resources in England for advanced researchers, Dave's presentations are well-received by genealogists of all skill levels, leading to annual "return engagements" with several societies.

Attendees' feedback has been enthusiastic. "The 'Lutherpalians' lecture was the highlight of the conference!"... "Knowledgable and entertaining on a topic I thought I already knew!"..."Dave's speaking style is infectuous and a lot of fun!"... "I want to compliment you on the great job you did at NGS in Chicago."... "He's the best speaker we've had in the last ten years!"... "Can we have a standing appointment with you every year?"... "He sure knows his stuff! Wow! That was great!"

He is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Association of Professional Genealogists. He spoke for the Colorado State Genealogical Society's spring conference, March 2011.

Recent engagements: National Genealogical Society's Family History Conference (Nashville 2005; Chicago 2006; Kansas City 2008, Raleigh 2009; Salt Lake City 2010; Charleston, 2011; Cincinnati, 2012); Wisconsin State Genealogical Society; Illinois State Genealogical Society (Fall 2012); Lake County, Illinois, Genealogical Society; Winnebago/Boone Counties, Illinois, Genealogical Society; Iowa State Genealogical Society; BIGWILL (British Interest Group of Wisconsin & Illinois); Rock County, Wisconsin, Genealogical Society; Dane County, Wisconsin, Genealogical Society.

Dave taught "Beginning Your Family Tree," a five-week mini-course through the University of Wisconsin-Madison Student Union from 2004-08.

Dave is available for regular monthly meetings, for day-long seminars, or for multi-day events sponsored by local, state or regional societies. Contact us for details.



Recent Topics

Jefferson's Genius & the Old Northwest: land records for genealogists

Lutherpalians & Presbygationalists: What happened to Grandma's Church?

The Second Great Awakening: Religion in America in the 19th Century

English Church Records Since 1558

The Stuarts and the Hanoverians: British History & Research 1603-1837

The Lincolns: The Ordinary Story of an Extraordinary Family

Tennesseeans in the Antebellum North

"Hail Mary, full of grace, help me find a parking space..." Research road trips

Illinois Settlement Patterns: From the Colonial Era to 1850

Measuring Up: Obsolete and Archaic Terms for Genealogists

England, Scotland, Ireland & Wales as the United Kingdom: Overview of British Research

Transcontinental Migration: How American Families Became Bicoastal

Wisconsin Settlement, History & Resources

Indiana Settlement, History & Resources

New Yorkers to the Midwest

Polly's Family: From New England to the Plains and Beyond (transcontinental migration in the 19th Century)

The Churches in North Carolina

A week-long, ten-session institute, "Ecclesiastical Records in British Research," sponsored by ISBGFH

Day-long seminars on British genealogical research and German genealogical research for the Wisconsin State Historical Society

Additional topics and lectures are always in development. If you have particular needs, especially for a seminar, conference or workshop, be sure to ask!



For help in planning your workshop, seminar, or meeting, contact:

Dr. David McDonald, CG(sm)
Old Northwest Research LLC
P O Box 144
De Forest, WI 53532-0144

Telephone: +1 608/846-0486

Dave (at)


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