Author Archives: LaDonna Garner

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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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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