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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

 Biography: 

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. 

Contact Information:

Kathleen Strader Brandt

a3Genealogy

P.O. Box 414640

Kansas City, Missouri  64141

email: a3genealogy@gmail.com

website: http://a3genealogy.blogspot.com/

Phone:  816-729-5995

e-mail: stradercom@aol.com

Evie Bresette

Evie Bresette

Biography:

(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.

Research Specialties:

19th & 20th Century; Federal Records; Probate; KS; MO; NE; Midwest; Kansas City;  Catholic Records; Missing Heirs; will consult.

Contact Information:

Evie Bresette, CG

307 West 109th St.

Kansas City, Missouri 64114-4907

e-mail: evie.bresette@gmail.com

Stephen J. Buffat

Stephen J. Buffat

Biography:

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 professors.

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.

Research Specialties:

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

Contact Information:

Stephen Buffat

Buffat Genealogical & Historical Research Services

P O Box 2932 

Springfield, Missouri 65809

e-mail:  stephen@buffatgenealogicalresearch.com

website:  www.buffatgenealogicalresearch.com

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/stephenbuffat

 

Rebecca Christensen

Rebecca Christensen

Biography:

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.

Research Specialties:

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.

Contact Information:

Rebecca Christensen

P.O. Box 3552

Lawrence, Kansas 66046-0552

e-mail: kansasancestors@gmail.com

Website:  www.KansasAncestors.com

 

Jerry Edwards

Biography:

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.

Contact Information:

Jerry Edwards

1624 Morningside Dr.

Iowa City, IA  52245

Phone:  319-621-4501

e-mail:  jerryedwards@mchsi.com

Deborah Furnell

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Deborah Furnell

Columbia, Missouri 65205

e-mail: debbiefurnell55@gmail.com

Jody Jones

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Jody Jones

St. Louis, Missouri

e-mail: jodyclarkjones@gmail.com

Website:  www.clarkandjones.com

Talea Jurrens

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Talea Jurrens

625 N 3rd St

Arkansas City, Kansas 67005

e-mail: yourfamilyhistoryhelper@gmail.com

Ricki King

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Ricki King

Windsor Heights, Iowa

e-mail: kingricki@inlivingmemory.org

Website:  www.inlivingmemory.org

Valerie Eichler Lair

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Valerie Lair 

Albert Lee, Minnesota

e-mail: valsroots@yahoo.com

website:  www.valsroots.com

Linda Lang

Biography:

(Not accepting clients)

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Linda Lang

Lawrence, Kansas

e-mail: familyhistory@sunflower.com

Pam Miller

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Pam Miller

Olathe, Kansas

e-mail: pmiller288@yahoo.com

Sharlene Miller, CG


Sharlene Miller

Biography:

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.

Research Specialties:

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.

Contact Information:

Sharlene Miller, CG

Midwest & Beyond Genealogical Services

20788 Orchard Lane

Saint Joseph, Missouri 64505-8201

Telephone: 816-233-7241

e-mail: smiller@stjoelive.com

website: Midwest & Beyond Genealogical Services

Charlene Mitts

Char Mitts

Biography:

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.

Research Specialties:

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.

Contact Information:

Charlene Mitts

C & J Genealogical Services

1329 East 154th

Olathe, KS 66062-2884

e-mail: cjgenealogy@gmail.com

website:  www.cjgenealogy.blogspot.com

Kathleen Reid Rippel, MLS

Kathleen Rippel

Biography:

(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.

 Research specialties:

Central Kansas, Great Plains and Midwest,  Library Resources, 19th & 20th century Research, Newspapers, City Directories. Other topics available.

Contact Information:

Kathleen Reid Rippel, MLS [Not accepting clients]

334 Point Drive

Great Bend, KS 67530-9254

e-mail: twinmom22@cox.net

Robbi Ryan

Robbi Ryan 

Biography:

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  genealogical research.

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?”

Research Specialties

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.

Contact Information:

Robbi Ryan

P O Box 45763

Omaha, NE 68145-0763

e-mail:  Robbi@RelativeConnectionOnline.com

Website:  www.RelativeConnectionsOnline.com

Brian Schneden

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Brian Schneden

Gardner, Kansas

e-mail:  bschneden@gmail.com 

website:  www.genealinc.com

Lauri Jean Swett

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Lauri Jean Swett

Kansas City, Missouri

e-mail:  gen-by-lj@sbcglobal.net 

Nancy Waller Thomas

Nancy Waller Thomas

Biography:

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.

 Contact Information:

Nancy Waller Thomas
5623 Bower Ln.
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone:  573-268-6052

email: NancyThomas@CenturyTel.net

Juli Whitaker

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Juli Whitaker

Kansas City, MO

e-mail: genealogysafari.@gmail.com

website:  www.genealogysafari.com

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