Monday, January 02, 2006

Speaker Spotlight: Dave McDonald, CGsm

The NGS Conference in the States is a homecoming of sorts for David McDonald CG. Raising his family near Madison, Wisconsin, Dave grew up in the Chicago suburbs. "I'm looking forward to hitting the Newberry for a day while in town for the conference," he says, "but I'm really looking forward to some decent pizza!"
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Dave's first presentation, "New Yorkers to the Midwest," is being sponsored by the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society. "My wife and kids' lines are all over New York state. Some rode the Erie Canal to the Great Lakes; others traveled south and onto the Ohio River to get to the midwest." Connecting those lines to the Atlantic seaboard can be a challenge for midwesterners working on their family lines.

Later in the week, Dave will be lecturing on Indiana and Wisconsin research. "Indiana's got some wonderful repositories and libraries in addition to the library at Fort Wayne. If you've got people from there, researching can be a lot of fun." Living near the Wisconsin State Historical Society Library has been a boon, both personally and professionally. In 2005, he began teaching genealogy seminars for the University of Wisconsin's Continuing Education program. "The library and state archives are amazing for the breadth and depth of their collections. And, of course, it's the home of the Draper Manuscripts."

"The NGS conference is always great fun," he noted. "Especially after you've been to one or two, you begin to see familiar faces and get the chance to catch up with good friends." McDonald first attended the NGS conference at Milwaukee in 2002, and journeyed to Sacramento and Nashville. "If you've thought about attending, come. I'm sure any researcher will really appreciate the learning that is possible with so many good speakers under one roof."

We welcome Dave back to Chicago and know that his lectures will help genealogists from all over the country. Someone might even consider springing for a pizza! No sense in eating alone!


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