2022 Family History Conference Featured Speaker

Dr. David McDonald

David McDonaldDr. David McDonald has more than forty-five years’ research experience and has been a professional genealogist since his high school days in suburban Chicago. He has lectured, coordinated, and instructed at various national and state genealogy conferences and institutes. He has presented multiple online lectures for the Society of Genealogists in London and is a sometime panelist for DearMyrtle’s online genealogy chat. He attended his first national conference at the Federation of Genealogical Societies in St. Louis in 1993 and his first St. Louis Genealogical Society conference in 1998. Dr. McDonald is president of the Association of Professional Genealogists (2020–22), past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (2010–12) and formerly served as a director for the National Genealogical Society.

Dr. McDonald’s research focuses on American migration patterns, the upper Midwest, New England, and English and Germanic research. He has been a staff genealogist for Ancestry ProGenealogists. He has lectured and taught on methodology and religious records and research in various states and the old Northwest Territory. He is particularly attracted to research during the federal era, prior to 1850. Dr. McDonald belongs to several national lineage societies and has written for the NGSQ, NGS Magazine, a number of state society journals, and local society publications. Beyond genealogy, he serves as a minister in the United Church of Christ.

Christina Miller

Christina Miller is the Reference Services Manager at the Missouri State Archives, where she has assisted researchers for more than ten years. Christina holds a Masters of Archival Studies from the University of British Columbia School of Library, Archival and Information Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Truman State University. She is a Certified Archivist.

Ilene Murray

Ilene Murray has been a genealogy researcher for almost forty years. A retired English and computer teacher, she has been publications director for the St. Louis Genealogical Society since 2000. She co-leads the society’s annual research trip to Salt Lake City and is a co-leader of the society’s Jewish Special Interest Group. She lectures, teaches genealogy and computer classes, and writes and edits for genealogical publications. Ilene also serves on the society’s technology and social media teams by working on the website, the society’s Facebook pages, and the weekly blog, StLGS News Flash.


Amy Waters

Amy Waters is currently a senior librarian at the State Historical Society of Missouri-Columbia. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Emporia State University in her native Kansas. An avid genealogist, she enjoys traveling, having visited all fifty states and every U.S. president’s grave.


Carol Whitton, CG

Carol Whitton, CG, is an author and lecturer on German research, U.S. migration, and other genealogical topics. She serves as projects director for StLGS, and she is the leader of the society’s German Special Interest Group. Carol is a graduate of the Germanic Family History Research class at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the National Institute for Genealogical Research, and the Virginia Institute for Genealogical Research.

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