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Beach Park, Gurnee, North Chicago, Park City, Wadsworth, Waukegan, Wildwood, and Winthrop Harbor

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OCTOBER 17, 2016

Criminal and Civil Court Records

Presented by:
Rev. Dr. David McDonald, D. Min., CG


David is a Wisconsin resident and Illinois native, is the principal of Old Northwest Research, LLC. He has lectured throughout the United States and in England on genealogical matters since the early 1980s.

Dave is a past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, former director of the National Genealogical Society, and past editor of the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Newsletter. With nearly 40 years of research experience, his interests include churches and their records, migration paths and causes, English and Germanic research, and Presidential genealogy as well as genealogical instruction. He has conducted extensive research in New England, New York, the Middle Atlantic states, the states of the old Northwest Territory, and the Great Plains from the Mississippi to the Dakotas south to Oklahoma.

> Outside the genealogical realm, Dave is a Protestant minister serving in the United Church of Christ. He holds an undergraduate degree in history and political science from Beloit College, a master of divinity from Eden Seminary in Saint Louis, and a doctorate in theology from Christian Seminary in Indianapolis.

With his wife, Dr. Jennet Shepherd (an optometrist), Dr. McDonald has three adult children. They live outside of Madison with two cats and an aging basset hound.


This trip beyond the Prothonotary’s records to the criminal cases uses examples of courthouse documents that reveal information about the lives of our forebears. It examines civil court records as well as criminal cases; jail registers, justice of the peace records and the like.

Beach Park Village Hall
11270 Wadsworth Rd - Lower Level
Beach Park, IL 60099

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The ZION GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY research materials are housed at the Zion-Benton Public Library for the public's use. Our society volunteers are at the Zion-Benton Library to assist you if needed on Monday mornings, from 10:00 to 12:00 Noon and on Tuesday & Wednesday evenings, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.

Our quarterly newsletter The Illuminator is published in February, May, August and November. Articles may be submitted online to the Editor or mailed to the Society at: 2400 Gabriel Avenue, Zion, IL 60099.

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OCTOBER 17, 2016

BY: Paul Milner

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