Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana

2601 Bauer Road
North Aurora, Illinois 60542

Business Phone: 773-895-9312


Care and Handling of Material of Enduring Value (Archives); Preservation and Conservation Issues; Visiting and Using Archives


[Series] Archivist's Notebook: Who Will Look at Your Genealogical Collection?, Preserving Your Family History: Thinking Like an Archivist. Future: The Process of Processing: How to Organize Your Family History Materials; How to Prepare for Your First Archives Visit; Preservation vs. Conservation: Should I Fix It?

Previous Engagements:

DuPage County (IL) Genealogical Society (Nov 2012)


Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana is a Consulting Archivist, Genealogist, and writer/lecturer. A trip to the Louvre Museum in Paris changed the direction of her life and lead her to the University of Illinois at Chicago where she earned a BA in Art History with a Certificate in Museum Studies. Since 2006, she has worked as a Consulting Archivist in a wide variety of archives from Shure, Inc. to the Union League Club of Chicago. It was there that Laura’s interest in genealogy was resurrected as she assisted researchers in their efforts to locate information about their relatives in the ULCC’s collection. Laura renewed her own genealogical research and began her blog, The Last Leaf On This Branch ( Her passion for Archives and Genealogy have combined and she is now providing personal archives and genealogical services to those interested in ensuring their long hours of diligent research and lovingly collected family treasures are organized and ready to share with others. Laura enjoys sharing what she has learned as an Archivist and is an enthusiastic and engaging speaker. Laura is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Society of American Archivists, National Genealogical Society, Association of Professional Genealogists, and National Trust for Historic Preservation, along with a number of State and Local genealogy societies.

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