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
Evie Bresette, CG
A Certified Genealogist with the Board for Certification of
Genealogists since 2005 and a member of APG and its affiliate local chapter,
Heartland APG, 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 serves 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 and historical researcher, consultant and lecturer
living in Springfield, Missouri. He has been doing genealogical research for
more than 40 years, researching his own family and in the past 17 years,
researching professionally for clients. He specializes in U.S. military
records, Midwest research, Native American research and United States
repositories. In 2002, he served on the Idaho Genealogical Society Board as
Vice President. Since 2006, he has 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 and is currently serving as Past President for his second
term. Also, Steve is currently serving 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 currently writing a new
advance, in-depth course on Confederate Military Records for the National
Institute for Genealogical Studies, University of Toronto that will be
available later this year. He is an active member of multiple genealogical
and historical societies and organizations.
Steve frequently lectures at regional, state and national conferences and
workshops. He is an alumnus of National Institute on Genealogical Research
in Washington, DC at the National Archives. He has completed advanced course
work from National Institute for Genealogical Studies, University of Toronto
in U.S. Military Records, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in Advanced
Genealogical Methods (Dr. Tom Jones), Advanced Methodology and Evidence
Analysis (Elizabeth Shown Mills) and other institutes and workshops.
Recently, Steve completed the 18 month ProGen program and is the program
coordinator for ProGen 20. Steve is currently “on-the-clock” working on his
certification with the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
5095 E Hackberry Street
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
(Not accepting clients)
Marieta has actively researched her many Midwest pioneer ancestors since 1979 and became
a certified genealogist in 2009. She is a graduate of NGS “American Genealogy: A Basic Course,” has attended national and state genealogy conferences and is a member of NGS, APG, Iowa Genealogical Society, NEHGS and other local genealogy and historical societies. Marieta enjoys researching and writing about Iowa and has published books of original records, and local and family histories. She holds a B.A. degree in Education.
505 West Jackson Avenue
Indianola, Iowa 50125-1119
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
35 years. Attends regional conferences. Board member of Missoui
State Genealogical Association for 5 years. Missouri First Families
Chairperson. Holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Idaho.
Midwest states, NW Missouri; Buchanan County & St. Joseph, MO; 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, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas,
Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
Sharlene Miller, CG
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
researcher for thirty years; Attended in 2013, “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.
in newspaper research, 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 Membership Chairman and web manager;
Earned the DAR Genealogy Consultant
classification; BS degree in
Education, William Woods University; Geographic specialty: MO, IL, Midwest;
19th and 20th Century; Research Specialty: Civil War,
House historian, land records, lineage societies, heir searcher. Other
areas of interest include Conference and seminar planning.
Nancy Waller Thomas
5623 Bower Ln.
Columbia, MO 65201
443-6052 or 573-268-6052
Alice Hoyt Veen
Alice Hoyt Veen is the founder of Prairie Roots Research,
providing professional genealogical and historical research services to clients
who seek superior research solutions. She specializes in solving genealogical
“brick walls.” Writing services include compilations, reports, historical
narratives, and editing. She is thoroughly skilled in compiling
multi-generational genealogies, presenting a family’s unique story in historical
context. A dedicated genealogist for more than thirty years, Alice
is a graduate of the NGS “American Genealogy: A Basic Course,” and is currently
pursuing BCG certification. She serves as Publicity Chair for the Iowa
Genealogical Society, and is the editor of the IGS monthly eNews and bimonthly
Memberships: Association of Professional Genealogists,
Association of Personal Historians, the National Genealogical Society, Iowa
Genealogical Society, State Historical Society of Iowa, and the New England
Historical Genealogical Society.
B.S. degree from Iowa State University.
Memberships: Association of Professional
Genealogists, Association of Personal Historians, the National Genealogical
Society, Iowa Genealogical Society, State Historical Society of Iowa, and the
New England Historical Genealogical Society.
B.S. degree from Iowa State University.
All Iowa and Midwestern records,
including state and federal census, land, probate & court records, vital
records, church & cemetery records, military, newspapers, LDS research.
Alice travels throughout Iowa and surrounding states to conduct a personalized
search of often-overlooked local resources in addition to utilizing the
extensive collections of the Iowa State Archives and other research libraries in
Des Moines. She photographs cemetery gravesites and other sites of historical
interest upon request.
Prairie Roots Research
14998 Odessa Place
Preston is a life-long resident of Kansas City, Mo. He is a retired police
officer (1965-1980), probation and parole officer (1983-1991), and certified
drug/alcohol counselor (1991-2012). Preston is a member of the Association
of Professional Genealogists and the Missouri State Genealogical
Association. He is president of the Midwest Afro-American Genealogy Interest
Preston’s research specialty focuses on African-American families and the
freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes (Cherokee, Choctaw, Muscogee-Creek,
Chickasaw, and Seminole nations). Freedmen were ex-slaves held in bondage by
citizens of the Five Civilized Tribes.
Kansas City, Missouri