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Members

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.

Nancy Archdekin

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Nancy Archdekin

Omaha, Nebraksa

email: PersonalHistorian@cox.net

Ute Brandenburg

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Ute Brandenburg

Iowa City, Iowa

email: utee.brandenburg@gmail.com

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, CG

Evie Bresette

Biography:

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.

Research Specialties:

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

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Evie Bresette, CG

307 West 109th St.

Kansas City, Missouri 64114-4907

e-mail: eviebresette@everestkc.net

Stephen J. Buffat

Stephen J. Buffat

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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.

Contact Information:

Stephen Buffat

5095 E Hackberry Street

Springfield, Missouri 65809

e-mail:  sjbuffat@gmail.com

 

Kathy Buhrman

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Kathy Buhrman

Arlington, Nebraska

email: kathy@gfgenealogy.com

Rebecca Christensen

Rebecca Christensen

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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.

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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

Jason Felihkatubbe

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Jason Felihkatubbe

Wichita, Kansas

email: jmfelihkatubbe@yahoo.com

website: http://www.nativeamericanindiangenealogy.org

Beth Foulk

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Beth Foulk

3808 NE Beechwooe Dr

Lees Summit, Missouri 64064

e-mail: beth@genealogydecoded.com

website:  www.genealogydecoded.com

Marieta Grissom

Marieta Grissom

 

Biography:

(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.

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Marieta Grissom

505 West Jackson Avenue

Indianola, Iowa 50125-1119

e-mail: marieta.grissom@msn.com

Talea Jurrens

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Talea Jurrens

625 N 3rd St

Arkansas City, Kansas 67005

e-mail: yourfamilyhistoryhelper@gmail.com

Valerie Eichler Lair

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Valerie Lair 

Albert Lee, Minnesota

e-mail: valsroots@yahoo.com

website:  www.valsroots.com

Linda Lang

(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 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.

Research Specialties:

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.

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Sharlene Miller, CG

20788 Orchard Lane

Saint Joseph, Missouri 64505-8201

Telephone: 816-233-7241

e-mail: smiller@stjoelive.com

website: Midwest & Beyond Genealogical Services

Jenna Mills

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Jenna Mills

Archie, Missouri

e-mail: vmills01@gmail.com

website:  desperatelyseekingsurnames.blogspot.com

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: cmitts@cjgenealogy.com

website:  www.cjgenealogy.blogspot.com

Fred Praechter

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Fred Praechter

Stillwell, Kansas

email: none

Kathleen Reid Rippel, MLS

Kathleen Rippel

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(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.

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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 

Amber Goodpaster Tauscher

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Amber Goodpaster Tauscher

Lincoln, Nebraska

e-mail:  amber.tauscher@gmail.com 

website:  www.antiqueancestors.com

Nancy Thomas

Biography:

Active 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.

Specialize 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. 

 Contact Information:

Nancy Waller Thomas
5623 Bower Ln.
Columbia, MO 65201
Phones:(573) 443-6052 or 573-268-6052

email: NancyThomas@CenturyTel.net

Alice Hoyt Veen

Alice Hoyt Veen

Biography:

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 newsletters.

 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.

 Research Specialties:

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.

Contact Information:

Alice Veen

Prairie Roots Research

14998 Odessa Place

Bouton, Iowa  50039

Email: alice@prairierootsresearch.com
Website:http://www.prairierootsresearch.com
Blog: prairierootsresearch.com/blog

Norman Washburn

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Norman Washburn

Bronson, Iowa

e-mail:  Norm@soolandgen.com 

website:  www.soolandgen.com

Preston Washington

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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 Coalition (M.A.G.I.C.).

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.

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Preston Washington

Kansas City, Missouri

e-mail:  preswas@gmail.com 

Juli Whitaker

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Juli Whitaker

Kansas City, MO

e-mail: genealogysafari.@gmail.com

website:  www.genealogysafari.com