Lists of Researchers & Speakers


Below are lists of Missouri State Genealogical Association members who currently do research for a fee or provide their services as a speaker / workshop leader. MoSGA does not endorse the research or speaking abilities of any of these persons and assumes no responsibility for their work. Anyone hiring a researcher, speaker, or workshop leader should check the person’s qualifications and references and should have a clear idea of fees charged before any commitment is made or any work begins. 
  • A list of possible questions and things you should consider when hiring a researcher/speaker is available by clicking here. 
  • If you are a member of MoSGA and wish to be added to either or both lists, send an email to eddirector@mosga.org
 
STEPHEN J. BUFFAT            RESEARCHER, SPEAKER, WORKSHOPS
Address:  5095 E. Hackberry St, Springfield, MO 65809             Phone: (417) 576-4524
Email:  sjbuffat@gmail.com                  Web Site:  buffatgenealogicalresearch.com
Background:  Full time professional historical researcher, genealogist, lecturer/writer with 40+ years of experience.  Since the late 80's, have been researching professionally 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.  Volunteer librarian and archivist at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Hulston Civil War Research Library. 
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:  MO, KS, AR, OK, Midwest, South & New England. 
Time Period Specialties:  18th & 19th Century
Research Repositories Used:  Access to all repositories, libraries, manuscript collections throughout the Midwest.  Will research all Missouri counties.  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 FHCs.  I have fee-based subscriptions to Ancestry, Fold3, WorldVital Records, Accessible Archives, GenBank, FindMyPast, American CW Database, NEHGS, Archives.com, MyHeritage, Newspapers and others.
SPEAKER/WORKSHOP TOPICS:  “Researching your Military Ancestry:  Effective Research Strategies.” “Researching your Union Ancestry:  Effective Research Strategies.” “Researching your Confederate Ancestry:  Effective Research Strategies.” “Researching your War of 1812 Ancestry.” “Researching your Revolutionary War Ancestry.” “Military Documents & Records:  A Genealogical Treasure Trove.” “Determining Whether Or Not Your Ancestor Served In the Civil War:  Records That Show Military Service.” “Civil War Service Documents & Records:  Records Created During Military Service.” “Problem Solving Using Military Records:  Effective Research Strategies.” “Researching Your Military Ancestry:  Internet Style.” “Are You Sure This Is Your Ancestor?  Researching the Correct Civil War Ancestor.” “Tracing Your Military Ancestor through the Census Records.” “Collecting, Researching & Documenting Civil War Relics.” “Dissecting Civil War Records for All They’re Worth.” “Documenting Military Memorabilia.” “Heirloom Research.” “Beginning Genealogy:  Researching Your Family Tree.” “Basic Documentary Editing:  Doing Something with Your Family Papers and Heirlooms.” “Conquering the Chaos:  Organizing Your Genealogical Research.” “Long Distance Genealogy:  Researching Your Ancestry From Afar.” “National Archives Research.” “Timelines:  Developing Ancestor’s Chronology.” “Genealogical Research in Any Locality.”  Will develop other topics upon request.
►BILL EDDLEMAN        RESEARCHER, SPEAKER, WORKSHOPS
Address: 1831 Ricardo Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701,               Phone: (573) 579-7978
Email: eddlemanw@sbcglobal.net            
Research Specialties:  Land records; probate, vital records, military records; cemetery research; local history
Background: Retired biology professor and university administrator with 25 years’ experience in genealogical research. Officer in Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society, and author of 15 books of record abstracts.
Missouri Counties Included: specialize in Southeast Missouri, experience with a number of other counties in the state.
Time Period Specialties: 18th and 19th century
Research Repositories Used: State Historical Society of Missouri; Missouri State Archives; North Carolina State Archives; Maryland State Archives; archive centers in Cape Girardeau, Perry, and Stoddard counties; numerous county courthouses in Missouri, North Carolina, and other states. I have fee-based subscriptions to Ancestry and Fold3.
SPEAKER/WORKSHOP TOPICS:   “Getting the Most Out of Land Records,” “Show-me Land Records” [Missouri land record research], “So You Want to Start Your Genealogical Research,” “Land, Horses, Neat Cattle, Polls and More--Tax Lists and Your Genealogy,” “Researching Your Civil War Ancestor,” “The Ins and Outs of Some Useful Genealogical Websites,” “Southeast Missouri Families from the North Carolina Archives,” “How to Get the Most from Cemetery Research” (can be done as a workshop as well); “Cemetery Preservation and Restoration: Some Basic Considerations,” “Basic Genetic Genealogy.” Can develop others if the topic is requested.
 
JANIS MINOR FORTE´, BA, MA, RESEARCHER,  SPEAKER & WORKSHOP LEADER
Address: 1710 E. 83rd Pl, Chicago, IL  60617,  Phone:  (773) 768-4413
Areas of Expertise / Subjects Covered:  Lecturers and hands-on workshops designed to explore methodologies and problem solving techniques in genealogy.  Specialties include:  Expanded census study, military records search, African-American lectures to identify slave holder(s) and find missing and  case studies, methodologies and techniques in resolving genealogical barriers.  Lectures and workshops designed for  Beginning, Intermediate and/or Advanced genealogy.
Speaker/Workshop Topics: “Getting Started:  Approaching the Past, A Workshop for Beginners and those needing a refresher course”, “What the Census Says:  Verifying 19th Century Birthing of Sallie (Campbell) Driver: A Problem Solving Strategy",  “Getting to Know Your 1870 Census Neighbors”, “Death Records:  A Pathway to generational history”, “Creating and Sustaining Your Family Newsletter:  Genealogy Rich Source Material”, “7 Proven Strategies for Identifying Slave Ownership and Reconstructing Slave Era Families”, “Bad Girls, Loose Women and Policy Queen Pins, and the Records they Produce”, “Colored Confederate Pension Applications:  A virtual vault of genealogical, social, economic and familiar information source”, “Finding A Husband For Jane:  methodologies, strategies and techniques  used in discovering  husband of former Slave Jane Jones”, “Telling Your Story:  Methods and Strategies in the Development of a Heritage Book:  A Project for Genealogy Societies and Family Lineage Groups”, “Researching the Digital Library on American Slavery: Locating Pre-Emancipation Documentation of Individual and Community life”, “More than Just A Population Count: A exploration and review of census population count and  supplemental schedules and the valuable family information revealed”, “Depositions, Affidavits and Witness Statements: Civil War Pension Files: USCT Henry Braxton & War Nurses, “Slave Tags: Governmental Licensing, Labeling & Marketing of Human Souls”.
Acknowledgements and Awards:
2014 FGS James Walker Dent Memorial Lecture Award; 2013 International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) First Place Excellence in Writing Competition Award.
 
►DIANE GIANNINI, CG      RESEARCHER, SPEAKER & WORKSHOP LEADER  
Address: P O Box 1635,  Bentonville, AR 72712,     Phone: (479) 268-4931
RESEARCH SPECIALTIES:  Military Repatriation, Heir Searching, Arkansas, Southwest Missouri Counties, Ohio, Virginia, Maryland (especially colonial land records).
Missouri Counties Included: McDonald, Barry, Stone, Taney, Ozark, Newton, Lawrence, Greene, Christian, Jasper, Barton, Dade Douglas, Wright, Webster
Time Period Specialties: 1800s to the present
Research Repositories Used: Online resources, county courthouses, historical societies, libraries and state archives. SPEAKER/WORKSHOP Areas of Expertise / Subjects Covered:  Beginning Genealogy, Methodology, Source Citation, Land Records, Case Studies, City Directories, Obituaries, Library of Congress, DNA.  A list of lectures is on her website.
 
►DEBORAH FURNELL            RESEARCHER
Address: 5069 Irvin Loop,  Columbia, MO 65202,     Phone: (573) 680-1548
Email: debbiefurnell55@gmail.com   Website: None
Research Specialties:  Missouri newspaper collection, and all other Missouri records
Missouri Counties Included: All
Time Period Specialties: 19th century, 20th century
Research Repositories Used: State Historical Society of Missouri (Columbia), Missouri State Archives (Jefferson City)
 
►SHARLENE MILLER, CG           RESEARCHER
Address: 20788 Orchard Lane, St. Joseph, MO 64505-8201,    Phone: (816) 233-7241
Email: smiller@stjoelive.com          
Research Specialties:  Midwest states, NW Missouri: Buchanan County & Saint 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.
Missouri Counties Included: Buchanan, Andrew, Platte, DeKalb, Clinton, Grundy, Daviess, Livingston
Time Period Specialties: 1800 to present
Research Repositories Used: Local courthouses, NW Missouri Genealogical Society, St. Joseph Public Library.
 
 ►LESLIE MYERS                 RESEARCHER
Address: 10382 Beau Jardin Dr,  St. Louis, MO 63146,       Phone: (314) 863-1879
Email: Leslie@FindFamilyTrees.com              Website: www.FindFamilyTrees.com
Research Specialties:  Researcher / family tree builder and genealogy websites. I offer research only, or build entire trees or add my research to info your already have.    I provide documents and photos, lineage reports, add custom graphics, etc.  Depending on your digital preference, I send to you as emails, GEDCOM or MacFamilyTree files (usually translates to other programs), or create a secure charted, family tree website with a private login for your family to see their ancestors.  I also create websites for genealogists.  I develop trees nationwide to countries of immigration.
Missouri Counties Included: All
Time Period Specialties: 1000 (11th century) to present
Research Repositories Used: Countless
 
►NANCY WALLER THOMAS      RESEARCHER, SPEAKER, WORKSHOP LEADER
Address: 5623 Bower Lane, Columbia, MO 65201,               Phone: (573) 268-6052
Email: NWTGenealogy@gmail.com          
Research Specialties:  Intro to Genetic Genealogy;  Lineage papers; land records; probate, vital records, newspapers, house histories, analysis of client records;
Missouri Counties Included: All
Time Period Specialties: 19th, 20th, 21st century
Research Repositories Used: State Historical Society of Missouri; Missouri State Archives; I have fee-based subscriptions to:  Ancestry, Fold3, MyHeritage, World Vital Records, Historygeo, FindMyPastUK, and newspaper databases-including GenealogyBank, NewspaperArchive, Newspapers.com;  
SPEAKER/WORKSHOP TOPICS:   Introduction to Genetic Genealogy; Using online newspapers to break through brick walls; Lineage society applications; 
GENEALOGY EDUCATION: Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), 2013 "Mastering Genealogical Proof", Tom Jones; 2014, Genetic Genealogy; SLIG 2015, Intermedicate to Advanced Genetic Genealogy; Samford, NEHGS and IGHR institutes;