About Tenacious Genealogy


My name is Laura Nelson and I am your guide here at Tenacious Genealogy. I am a librarian (in training – 10 points if you get the reference), word nerd, and 100% Maven who loves history, genealogy, food, and helping others. ESPECIALLY when I get to do any combination of those at the same time.

I’ve been into genealogy for most of my life. As a little kid, summer vacations meant visiting cemeteries, the Family History Center in Salt Lake City, courthouses, archives, libraries, and other records repositories. My favorite place in any of the schools I went to was the library and when I was homeschooled, the public library. So it wasn’t a surprise when I ended up getting my BA in History in 2009 and my MLS in Archival Administration and Digital Curation in 2012.

A few other fun facts about me:
  1. I interned at the Smithsonian. (National Museum of American History Archives)
  2. I volunteered/interned at the Historic Congressional Cemetery in Washington D.C. during graduate school.
  3. I transcribed handwritten letters and journal entries for Cokie Roberts.
  4. I taught English in China in 2007 and 2009. (But unfortunately, I am not fluent in Mandarin Chinese.)
  5. I love to write fiction and non-fiction and hope to publish at least one of my books in the future.
  6. I am a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the National Genealogical Society.
 So why am I here?
  • To share the knowledge that I have gained (and continue to gain) about genealogy, people, places, and things.
  • To make genealogy and history fun.
  • To get people excited and engaged about their families, communities, and the world around them.
     And most importantly:
  • To help others.

Along with my passion for history and libraries, I’ve realized that I love teaching. That combination (love of history, love of libraries, love of teaching) has stuck with me as I’ve gotten older and has brought me to where I am now, blogging about history, genealogy, and everything in between.


Feel free to email me at:  questions@tenaciousgenealogy.com

I hope, after reading this blog, you will find that genealogy and history, in general, become less boring and more exciting. I hope you learn something new or take something away that helps you. But most of all, stay tenacious and I hope you have fun.

PS – for those of you curious about my logo, it’s a terrier. A breed that is known for their tenacity in finding that which was hidden. It is my hope that this blog will help people to be tenacious in their genealogy research, just like a terrier searching for its quarry.

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