Many of our members accept clients. If you are looking for a genealogical researcher please feel free to contact any whose research specialties seem to fit your needs.
Kathleen Strader Brandt
Kathleen Brandt is a professional international
genealogist, consultant, and keynote speaker. She also is a published freelance
writer for genealogy magazines and columns and is the author of the a3Genealogy educational and skill building blog that explores various
cultural and ethnic folk life, traditions, history, and genealogy research tips.
Kathleen offers workshops and lectures and is a consultant for various corporate
historical, cultural, and genealogy projects. As a researcher for Who Do You
Think You Are? (NBC) she appeared on the Tim McGraw episode and also conducts
research for PBS, Finding Your Roots.
Kathleen is a member of the Association of
Professional Genealogy (APG) and serves on its Society Committee. As a Public
Record Retriever and active Forensic Genealogists she is a Licensed Missouri
Private Investigator (2012006814).
She holds a M.A. degree from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Kathleen Strader Brandt
P.O. Box 414640
Kansas City, Missouri 64141
(Not accepting clients)
Evie has worked as a professional genealogist for over 15 years. She has attended the National Institute for Genealogical Research
in Washington DC. She has presented lectures at national
and local conferences and has given classes and volunteered at the National
Archives-Kansas City Region since 1993. Evie belongs to many national
genealogical associations and has served on the Nominating Committee for the Board
of the Missouri State Genealogical Association. Her research specialty is heir
searching with due diligence, consultation and problem solving.
19th & 20th Century; Federal Records; Probate; KS; MO; NE; Midwest; Kansas City; Catholic Records; Missing Heirs; will consult.
Evie Bresette, CG
307 West 109th St.
Kansas City, Missouri 64114-4907
Stephen J. Buffat
Stephen J. Buffat is a
professional genealogical & historical researcher, consultant, writer and lecturer
living in Springfield, Missouri. He is the owner & principal researcher for
Buffat Genealogical & Historical Research Services. His genealogical
passion began with researching his own family
more than 40 years ago. Since the late 80's he has been
professionally researching for clients, undertaking a variety of research
projects, including "brick wall" research for solving
complex family history problems, multilayered lineage research to reinforce
and extend family trees, military research & lineage society research, Native American research, artifact research for dealers and
individual collectors and historical research for authors, historians and
In 2002, he served on the Idaho Genealogical Society Board as
Vice President. Since 2006. He has also served on the Civil War Round Table of
the Ozarks Board holding various positions as Program Director,
Member-at-Large, Vice President, President and Secretary. Since 2010, Steve
has served on the Ozarks Genealogical Society Board as Treasurer, President,
and Past President. Also, Stephen served as the 1st Vice
President of the Missouri State Genealogical Association. In addition,
he volunteers as a librarian and archivist at the Hulston Research Library
at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield. He is an active member of APG,
NGS, MoSGA, CWRTO and several other genealogical
and historical societies and organizations.
Steve frequently lectures at regional, state and national conferences and
workshops. He has completed advanced course work from National Institute on Genealogical Research
at the National Archives in Washington, DC; National Institute for
Genealogical Studies, University of Toronto in U.S. Military Records; Salt
Lake Institute of Genealogy in Advanced Genealogical Methods including
courses taught by Dr. Tom Jones and Elizabeth Shown Mills; and other
institutes and workshops. Stephen completed the 18 month ProGen program and
served as a program
coordinator for ProGen 20. He is currently pursuing
certification with the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
18th, & 19th Century; Federal Records;
Traditional Genealogy; Military Records & Research; Native American; Historic
House & Property Research; Lineage Society Applications; Family Heirloom
Research & Documentation; Geographic areas include MO, KS, AR, Midwest, South &
New England. Access to National Archives - Kansas City, Lee's Summit & St
Louis; Missouri State Historical Society Manuscript Collections, Midwest
Genealogy Center, Hulston Research Library at Wilson's Creek National
Battlefield, LDS FHC
Buffat Genealogical & Historical Research Services
P O Box 2932
Springfield, Missouri 65809
Active genealogical researcher since 1980; Genealogical consultant since 1988, creating research plans and assisting many people with genealogical research in locations worldwide. Experienced in U.S. research in several geographic areas. Former Family History Center (FHC) volunteer, responsible for staff training. Member of APG, NGS, FGS, NEHGS, and other family and local genealogical associations. Graduated with honors, BS Computer Science, California State University, Fullerton.
Federal records including census searches; military records; Kansas newspapers, LDS records and research; geographic areas - Kansas, Missouri, Midwest, South. Will consult.
Access to National Archives - Central Plains Region, Kansas State Historical Society, Midwest Genealogy Center, LDS FHC.
P.O. Box 3552
Lawrence, Kansas 66046-0552
Jerry Edwards has been fascinated by genealogy for over 35
years. His interest began as a teenager in 1976 with the publication of
Roots by Alex Haley. Jerry’s roots in Iowa extend to the pre-Iowa
Territory era, and his American roots to early colonial days.
Over the last few years, he has attended the International
Genealogical and Historical Research Institute four times, the Salt Lake
Institute of Genealogy three times, and the National Institute of Genealogical
Research at the National Archives. He is a member of APG, NGS, and NEHGS,
as well as local and regional societies.
1624 Morningside Dr.
Iowa City, IA 52245
Sharlene Miller, CG
Certified Genealogist since 2002; graduate of NGS "American Genealogy: A Basic Course;" completed BYU genealogy classes (Midwest Research Methods; History of the European Family)
and ProGen. Genealogical researcher for over
40 years. Attends regional conferences. Board member of Missoui
State Genealogical Association for 8 years. Missouri First Families
Chairperson. Holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Idaho.
Genetic genealogy and using DNA testing to solve genealogical
problems; 19th and 20th century; newspaper
research; public records including marriage, divorce, land, probate and
court records; census, city directories, church records, other (ask). Will do
photography, and will lecture about genealogy.
Geographic specialties include: Midwest states, NW Missouri; Buchanan County & St. Joseph, MO; Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas,
Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.
Sharlene Miller, CG
Midwest & Beyond Genealogical Services
20788 Orchard Lane
Saint Joseph, Missouri 64505-8201
website: Midwest & Beyond Genealogical Services
Char Mitts is the owner and principle researcher for C & J Genealogical Services. She has been researching her family for over 30 years and helping others with their family history for over 20 years. Services include genealogical research in the Greater Kansas City metro area, Eastern Massachusetts, Nova Scotia & New Brunswick, organizing genealogical filing systems that fit the client, oral history projects, planning research trips, internet research & cemetery research.
Char teaches beginning classes to youth and adults, lectures on a variety of subjects, and presents living history presentations about members of her family. She has taken client on research trip to several locations including Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
Char Mitts is a member of Associations of Professional Genealogist, APG Heartland Chapter President, a member of the National Genealogical Society, and New England Historical & Genealogical Society. She is also the Johnson County Genealogical Society 2nd Vice President in charge of programs and its annual seminar, member of Massachusetts Society of Massachusetts (MASOG) and Middlesex Chapter, and a Family History Center Consultant & Trainer.
Public records including census, city directories, land, probate and court records; newspaper research; vital records ; LDS research; and cemetery research. Will photograph ancestral sites in the greater Kansas City area and surrounding counties. Geographic specialties include Missouri, Kansas, Eastern Massachusetts, Nova Scotia & New Brunswick.
C & J Genealogical Services
1329 East 154th
Olathe, KS 66062-2884
Kathleen Reid Rippel, MLS
(Speaking engagements only)
Began researching family history in 1970. Professional librarian and consultant, with a BA in History and a Masters in Library Science.
Experience as a reference librarian, including genealogy, but now contributes to the field of genealogy by training both librarians and the public, and promoting better access to the genealogical holdings of small-town public libraries by cataloging unique family and local history materials with genealogists in mind. Not currently taking clients. Member of APG, NGS, KS Genealogical Society, ALA, MPLA, KLA.
Available as a lecturer on genealogical topics.
Central Kansas, Great Plains and Midwest, Library Resources, 19th & 20th century Research, Newspapers, City Directories. Other topics available.
Kathleen Reid Rippel, MLS [Not accepting clients]
334 Point Drive
Great Bend, KS 67530-9254
Robbi Ryan has been a genealogist and story-collector
all her life, since her two Grandmothers told family stories when she was a
pre-teen. She worked part-time as a genealogy hobbyist off and on for most
of her adult life. Her favorite part of genealogy has always been the
stories associated with the people -- much more interesting than the birth,
marriage, and death dates, don't you think?
A professional genealogist since 2008, when she began accepting clients and
sub-contracts with small-to-medium projects, she retired from "corporate
America" in 2012 and began her full-time "retirement career" as a personal
historian and genealogist.
Since 2011 years she has moved steadily toward the Personal History side of
her business and now works almost exclusively in that niche, capturing the
stories of clients and their family members while they’re still alive to
provide the richness of detail and explanation so often unavailable through
In 2014 she added a training arm to her business to help others understand
the importance of saving their stories, and to help them get started
capturing their own. Classes currently offered include a 90-minute
introductory class on writing your own autobiography, an 8-week guided
autobiography class, and an introduction to personal history writing for
genealogists. She speaks regularly to social, church and civic organizations
on the importance of saving the stories of their lives. One of her favorite
quotes is “Everyone has a story to tell. Have you told yours?”
Her research specialties focus on Nebraska research of the 19th and 20th centuries including census records, city directories, courthouse records, cemetery research, newspaper and obituary searches, and photographing headstones and local sites important to you throughout Nebraska.
P O Box 45763
Omaha, NE 68145-0763
Lauri Jean Swett
Lauri Jean Swett
Kansas City, Missouri
Nancy Waller Thomas
Active researcher for thirty years;
Genealogical education: "Intermediate to Advanced Genetic Genealogy,"
Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, 2015, one week course; "Genetic
Genealogy" 2014, and “Mastering Genealogical
Proof” at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh , [GRIP];
Graduate of IGHR Advanced Methodology & Analysis (2002), Writing &
Publishing for Genealogists (2004); NIGR 1986; Served as Region Two Director
of APG for two terms.
Specializes in newspaper research, beginning DNA
workshops; land records, county records; analysis; house
histories; Attends national & regional conferences; Member NEHGS, NGS, ILGS,
StLGS; Life member State Historical Society of MO and MO State Genealogical
Association where currently serving as web manager;
DAR Genealogy Consultant, offering
lineage workshops; BS degree in Education, William Woods University; Geographic specialty: MO, IL, Midwest;
19th and 20th Century; Research Specialty: Civil War,
House historian, DNA, land records, lineage societies, heir searcher. Other
areas of interest include Conference and seminar planning.
Nancy Waller Thomas
5623 Bower Ln.
Columbia, MO 65201