Author Archives: LaDonna Garner

Getting Organized #1: Software Data

This month let’s be dedicated to setting aside a few hours to get some things organized for the family tree. Who knows, maybe I’ll find a few things I overlooked when tucking the sources away! Family tree software has its … Continue reading

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Skillbuilder: Placing Your Ancestors Within Their Time

Genealogy should not be narrowed around a database of names and places, detached from reality. Your ancestors experienced events that effected their lives and decisions just as you do today. The best part about living in the present generation is … Continue reading

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Documenting Civil War Ancestors

Here it is, the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War…the Sesquicentennial. Yesterday marked the first official day of the Civil War. It’s remarkable how much we can enlighten our family history through the large assortment of records that have spawned … Continue reading

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Threatened Cemeteries: Mount Hope Cemetery, Illinois

Sadly, the Mount Hope Cemetery in Belleville, Illinois is another local cemetery¬† burdened with funding issues that have resulted in neglect. Read more… Cemetery’s Sunken Graves Anger Belleville Mayor by Chris Regnier, FOX2now.com, April 8, 2011. (article & video) Metro-east … Continue reading

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Threatened Cemeteries: Mount Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia.

The Mount Moriah Cemetery in Philadelphia is a historic cemetery currently plagued with neglect and an unsure future. Read more… Historic Cemetery in Philadelphia Shuts Down, Leaving Families With No Answers by Joshua Rhett Miller, April 07, 2011, FoxNews.com (article … Continue reading

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African-American Special Interest Group Recap April 2, 2011

The African-American Special Interest Group (AA-SIG) of the St. Louis Genealogical Society is a roundtable discussion group for researchers focusing on African Ancestors. The following is a highlight of many items discussed during the April 2, 2011 roundtable. Discussion #1: … Continue reading

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Rediscovered Cemeteries: North Carolina

A North Carolina cemetery, possibly African-American, was recently rediscovered during expansion of a nearby subdivision. Read more… We can learn a lot from our historical cemeteries no matter how near or far. Future news and issues regarding cemeteries can be … Continue reading

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Get on the Genealogy Learning Band Wagon!

Have you heard? You can receive dozens of genealogy tips and research advice just by attending a genealogy conference or lecture by car, by mail, or at your fingertips. Today, there are numerous opportunities for genealogy learning that assists your … Continue reading

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Skillbuilder: Fattening Up Your Family Tree

Do you have an ancestor who’s branch is bare of leaves? How about family reunions where the family just isn’t as thrilled about your latest death certificate discovery? Well perhaps you need to revamp your research with more detail and … Continue reading

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Toolbox Tip: Backup options for digital genealogy files

Do you back-up your research frequently? A fellow genealogist had a virus scare recently reminding him to backup more often. But he still feels very intimidated about the process. There are several options to help you in backing up digital … Continue reading

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