Chicago’s History Cop

Ray Johnson

Ray Johnson is a former criminal investigator, author, historian, and lecturer. He is the owner and founder of Johnson Research Services and since 2005 has conducted historical research for television production companies, documentarians, authors, attorneys, and family historians. He has been featured on television shows and documentaries on Discovery ID, History Channel, PBS, BBC and has appeared on numerous local television shows and print media.



Ray has been conducting client-based historical and genealogical research in the Chicago area for the past 30 years. He has provided research for documentaries, television programs, authors, attorneys, and family historians.


Ray has over 30 years of lecturing and teaching experience on a variety of topics in the historical, law enforcement, and genealogical fields. He has also conducted guided tours of historical locations throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.


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