Author Archives: LaDonna Garner

Adventures in Living History

The smell of black powder, the foot sounds of military in march, and ladies in petticoated skirts swishing as they walk by. Those are some of the first images many would bring to mind when thinking of reenactments regarding the … Continue reading

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Are you weaving historical background into your research notes?

For instance, when researching church records this week, I took a bit of time to do some background on historic St. Leo Parish in St. Louis, Missouri. Before I jumped head into the church records I was eager to view, … Continue reading

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The Black Settlement of South Jordan, IA

Off we go on a leaf hunt! Continue reading

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NARA Virtual Genealogy Fair

Are you stuck at home itching to get to the next genealogy conference? There’s a conference coming to a computer screen near you! The National Archives is hosting a Virtual Genealogy Fair on Tuesday & Wednesday, October 28th & 29th. … Continue reading

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Vacation Genealogist Style

The summer can be quite busy with family vacations but there’s always time & ways to get in a little research! 1. Plan the family vacation around historic sights like Music Row in Nashville. The family can be preoccupied…um…visit the … Continue reading

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Techie Woes

I’m sorry Apple, I’ve gone awry! Many of you know I’m tech savvy and we techies love our gadgets. My iPhone has been a tremendous assistant for work. Today’s tech quandary started when I dropped my iPhone during our kitchen … Continue reading

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Revealing Historical Relationships

Wow, it’s been a long hiatus since my last post, but boy was it worth the wait! While researching pioneer cemeteries for my master’s thesis, one of the case studies has pulled me into the realm of genealogy; an Iowa … Continue reading

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Old School Letters

With the start of the new year, I am in the midst of writing a letter old school style to a dear friend. In this age of electronic mail, it is refreshing to put pen to paper on crisp, pink … Continue reading

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Holiday Deals & Ideas for the Frugal Genealogist

Just in time for the Christmas holiday are a few deals and ideas for the frugal genealogist. Discounts are abound from references that aid your newbie cousin’s historical knowledge to tools that can leap your research forward. So grab your … Continue reading

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Our Ancestor’s Weather Proverbs

We wake each day, turn on the television and are greeted with a meteorologist who is ever eager to tell us what to wear or stow away for the day. But have you thought of the methods our ancestors used … Continue reading

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