Mary Celeste holds a Master of Library and Information Science Degree from UM-Columbia and is a retired branch librarian with Mid-Continent Public Library.  She has served on the American Library Association’s Genealogy Committee and chaired the ALA Local History Committee, as well as similar positions with the Missouri Library Association.  She is currently the Vice President of the Northland Genealogy Society and on the board of the Missouri State Genealogical Association (MoSGA).   She has spoken at national, state and local conferences and events, but her greatest joy is discovering the stories of her own ancestors and sharing them with her children and grandchildren.