Kathleen Baxter is a retired teacher and librarian who spent more years than she cares to remember as head of children's services at the Anoka County Library in suburban Minneapolis. She says the most exciting thing about her is that she is a native of Walnut Grove, Minnesota, where Laura Ingalls Wilder lived in On the Banks of Plum Creek.
As a former children's literature consultant, she gave many workshops every year, all around the USA as well as across Canada and in Cancun. She has co-written seven books on topics including books that appeal to boys and nonfiction for young people. She has served as a consultant for publishers and written a column for School Library Journal on nonfiction book-talking for over 17 tears-resigning from a hospital bed after a nasty fall in Times Square.
She is a huge fan of the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace and highly recommends them to the world—other fans include Judy Blume, Meg Cabot, Bette Midler, Nora Ephron, Anna Quindlen and Laura Lippman.
In May 2007, she developed a sudden passion for genealogy when Ancestry.com offered free viewing of World War One draft records. Determined to see Mrs. Lovelace's husband's card, she instead realized that her beloved grandfather (at left) would have had to fill one out.
When she saw that draft card, she was hooked for life! Passionate about family history and fascinated by the seemingly miraculous uses of DNA testing for genealogical purposes, she spends too much time at the computer determined to figure out yet another mystery—of which there are endless supplies! It is the puzzles, the mysteries, and the delightful new connections she makes that supply the joy.
If you have ancestors from County Fermanagh or County Monaghan, Northern Ireland, County Tipperary, Ireland, Wigtownshire, Scotland. colonial New England, Maryland and Rhode Island, we may be related!