LaDonna Garner

LaDonna Garner, CGSM

LaDonna Garner, CGSM is a historic preservationist, researcher, and volunteer focusing in the Southeastern Missouri area. St. Louis Genealogical Society's African American Special Interest Group Leader, and member of several organizations including the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Association of Gravestone Studies and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Board-Certified in Genealogy in 2006, Garner has been researching her family history for nearly 30 years. Her current focus surround projects of recording the history of cemeteries in Missouri African-American communities, client assistance in genealogical brickwalls and consultations in historic landscape preservation. Her passion for cemetery preservation was inspired by her interest in family lineage and role as Founder/Secretary of the Mt. Zion Cemetery Board to preserve Mount Zion Cemetery, Festus, Missouri which was established by African American settlers in the circa 1880s and closed in circa 1973.

Collegiate Education

Associates of Science in Veterinary Technology, Jefferson College, Hillsboro, Mo. (1994)
Associates of Arts, Jefferson College, Hillsboro, Mo. (2008)
Bachelors of Science in Historical Preservation, Southeast Missouri State Univ., Cape Girardeau, Mo. (2010)
Masters of Arts in Historic Preservation at Goucher College, Towson, Md. (2013)

Genealogical Education

National Genealogical Society American Genealogy Home Study Course (2005)
Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research(2006, 2007, 2008)
National Institute of Genealogy Research (2009)