Dave served six years on the board of the National Genealogical Society, and has lectured throughout the US and UK. His personal research includes work in England, the Mid-Atlantic, colonial-era New York and Virginia, Kentucky, the Midwest and the Great Plains. He has also done extensive work in the UK and on Germanic lines from the sixteenth century onward.
In addition to his genealogical work, Dr. McDonald is a Protestant minister living and serving near Madison, Wisconsin. He is married to his college sweetheart and they have three adult children.
SA011 Saturday June 6, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Lutherpalians & Presbygationalists: Where Did Grandma's Church Go?
Did Grandma play cards? Was alcohol banned in the household? We will consider cultural clues for determining a family's religious heritage and strategies for finding records of various churches and denominations, both locally and nationally.
SA029 Saturday June 6, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Church and Religious Records: More Than Hatchings, Matching's & Dispatching
An examination of the different types of records kept by various Christian denominations and Jewish congregations, as well as local churches, preachers and pastors. We'll approach the records for the purpose of their creation, their use of interpretation in genealogical endeavors, and how they can provide more than simply dates and places.
SU025 Sunday June 7, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
The Catholic Church in the Old Southwest
European exploration; Catholic hierarchy, religious orders, missions and diocesan structures; rites, sacraments and records in the former territories of Spain and Mexico.