LaDonna Garner

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




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. She is also a Registered 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

Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology, Jefferson College, Hillsboro, Mo. (1994)
Associate of Arts, Jefferson College, Hillsboro, Mo. (2008)
Bachelor of Science in Historical Preservation, Southeast Missouri State Univ., Cape Girardeau, Mo. (2010)
Master of Arts in Historic Preservation at Goucher College, Towson, Md. (2014)

Genealogical Education & Certificates

National Genealogical Society American Genealogy Home Study Course (2005)
Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (2006, 2007, 2008)
National Institute of Genealogy Research (2009)
Certified GenealogistSM, Board of Certification for Genealogists®(2006-2016)
And numerous ongoing classes, conferences, webinars, and workshops.

Select Memberships & Associations (Current & Former)

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)