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    LaDonna Garner, M.A., R.V.T.

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    LaDonna Garner, M.A., R.V.T. is a Historic Preservationist, Professional Genealogist, researcher, speaker, and volunteer in Southeast Missouri. She is an instructor for the Continued Education Program at St. Louis Community College, volunteer for the National Genealogical Society, and numerous organizations. She is also a Licensed Veterinary Technician with a devotion to heritage animals.

    Researching her family history for over 30 years, she is passionate about recording historical black communities and cemeteries, genealogy education, client assistance, and consultations in archival documents, historic preservation, and cemetery restoration.

    Her ventures in cemetery preservation were inspired by an interest in family lineage and roles as Founder & Secretary of the Mt. Zion Cemetery Board to preserve Mount Zion Cemetery in Festus, Missouri . The cemetery was established by African American settlers, including her ancestors, in the circa 1880s and closed in circa 1973.

    Collegiate Education

    Genealogical Education, Certificates & Credentials

    Select Memberships & Associations (Current & Former)

    Afro-American Genealogy and Historical Society of Chicago (AAGHSC)
    Association of African Ancestored Researchers- St. Louis (AAARS)
    Association of Professional Genealogists (APG)
    Association of Gravestone Studies (AGS)
    Jefferson County Genealogical Society, MO (JCGS)
    National Genealogical Society (NGS)
    National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP)
    St. Louis Genealogical Society (STLGS)
    -- African American Special Interest Group Chair (AA-SIG) - currently inactive