Thank you for visiting Genealogy Storytelling. My name is Leonard Smith III and I’m a self-proclaimed technology geek, with a passion for genealogy and storytelling. I’ve used my experience in problem solving, researching, troubleshooting and building things from the ground up to create this website to help others research and “find their roots.”
I have over forty years of experience in electronics, graphics, photography, video and multimedia technology. For the early years of my professional career I traveled the United States and Europe as a Senior Field Service Engineer for The Eastman Kodak Company. A few of my clients have been the New Orleans Public Library, the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Office of the Archives, City Hall, the State Office of Louisiana and various parish Clerk of Court. It was during these visits I noticed the Mormons on a cross-country mission filming records at courthouses and public libraries. I was intrigued and my search began. On Sunday morning after church, I would visit my maternal grandmother, Lettie, and “sit a spell.” She would talk about her childhood, family history and “living in the country.” As a proud grandmother, this was her way of passing on precious memories to the next generation. Listening to these stories of her life and ancestors, are pieces of a puzzle interwoven into the future of the family legacy.
I have spent countless hours documenting my roots. My search has taken me to Orleans, Ascension, Assumption, Iberville, St. James, Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes, Louisiana State Archives, and the National Archives in Washington DC.
I am a member of the Le Comité des Archives de la Louisiane, Lafourche Heritage Society and the Terrebonne Genealogical Society.
I realized through my own research how time consuming, how frustrating yet rewarding my search has been. It occurred to me that there must be others in the same boat.
LS3 Studios was born with the purpose to help others “tell their family stories.” We are a multimedia production company that produces family video biographies. This service includes video recording, interviewing, documenting oral family histories as well as coaching other personal historians. The studio also conducts innovative genealogy storytelling workshops and how to produce mini-documentaries.
Some of the most recent projects include; “A Place Called Desire,” “From Shanghai to Harlem” winner of the Gold AVA Award and Bronze Telly; “The 100th Anniversary of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church,” winner of two Bronze Telly Awards and “A Legend in the Classroom-The Life Story of Ms. Yvonne Busch” winner of the AVA Platinum Award, Hermes Gold Award and Bronze Telly Award.
I hope this about us page help you to understand our mission “to assist individuals, families, businesses and non-profit organizations to preserve their stories, lessons and events for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations.” I hope you enjoyed this page about Genealogy Storytelling us as much as we enjoyed sharing. My philosophy is, “Why wait, start now…starting with what you already know.”