Author Archives: LaDonna Garner

Repository Brief: Indian-Pioneer Papers Collection

When the dreary weather forces us to exhibit cabin fever behavior, I am most thankful for internet technology to keep me afloat. Today’s Repository Brief to chase away the winter gloom is the Indian-Pioneer Papers Collection at the University of … Continue reading

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No to SOPA & PIPA

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Sharing Family Recipes

Family meals do more than just bring on mouthwatering behaviors. Those favorite aromas and flavors stir up wonderful memories that make the devouring of the meal a more delightful experience. It’s no wonder that when we reminisce at a family … Continue reading

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Back to Basics: Conducting Family Interviews

Most childhood memories involve listening to tall-tales at the feet of our older family members. As you look towards the family for source documents do not overlook the stories that may contain important clues. Interviewing a family member can be … Continue reading

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Back to Basics: Start with You

During a recent genealogy course it became apparent how online databases have changed the way beginners enter the hobby of genealogy. Microfilm readers are losing their status as record viewers as many researchers opt to use online digitized records. And … Continue reading

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Support Local Projects & Save Local History

This is a proud moment for our Mt. Zion Cemetery Board as we’ve sustained 10 years of restoring a local cemetery, Mount Zion Cemetery, Festus, Missouri to a respectful state. What started out as my passion for genealogy has turned … Continue reading

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Working & Running & Stressing “Oh My”: Scheduling in Genealogy Time

This summer was likely as busy for you as it was for me. And sadly, the coming month appears to be just as busy. But don’t fret, you can still make some headway in your genealogy project. First things first: … Continue reading

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Snailmail still works for family research

I received a call last night from an older family member regarding a letter from a family researcher. The researcher requested information to determine if her family was part of our family. So while I make contact with this possible … Continue reading

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Dusting off the ol’ Box of Photos

Everyone has them, a box or two of old photos needing attention. Many may even need mending. Here’s a few tips to get those photos out of the box, handled safely, and introduced into the family tree. SORTING (organizing and … Continue reading

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Cemetery Picnicing in 7 Steps

The spring and early summer are fabulous times of the year for family gatherings and picnics. So why not make the family cemetery one of the destinations? 1) Take along a picnic basket, a blanket, a camera, and a pencil … Continue reading

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