Lists of Researchers & Speakers

Below are lists of Missouri State Genealogical Association current members who conduct 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 the list, send an email to webmanager@mosga.org
►DANNELL (Danni) ALTMAN-NEWELL    RESEARCHER, SPEAKER
Talking Box Genealogy Email: danni@talkingboxgenealogy.com
Research Specialties: World War I, Military, Fraternal Organizations, Midwest Research (Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Iowa, North Dakota)
Presentation Topics:  World War I, Military, Fraternal Organizations, Techology-related topics (software, internet, social media, cloud-computing, apps and web tools, and other tech topics as requested),  Midwest,  other topics upon request.  [5-20-2023]
 
►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.
 
►GEOFF GENTILINI,     RESEARCHER
Welcome to Golden Arrow Research. Our mission is to help you achieve a deeper understanding of your heritage through our research services. Research isn’t just a job to us; history is our life and we approach every project with equal passion, determination and skill. As seasoned professional researchers, we are experienced in working with a wide variety of military, historical and genealogical records. We will research the stories, analyze the documentation and summarize the details of your family’s past in a comprehensive report for you to treasure. Over the years we have made so many meaningful connections through our research and we can’t wait to share that same experience with you and your family. It would be our honor to assist you with your archival research project.  7/14/2023
 
►SHARLENE MILLER,            RESEARCHER   
Phone: (816) 233-7241
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.
[12-31-22]
 
►MICHAEL D. SMITH,            RESEARCHER
Background:  Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in history with an emphasis on pre-1865 America and military history as well as some European history. I have graduate-level training in research methodology and experience in journalism. Based in the Kansas City, Missouri area, I have been passionate about all things history since I was child and discovered a passion for genealogy a few years ago when I was able to find and reunite with long lost relatives in Virginia. I decided to pursue it as a profession after discovering how rewarding it was to build family trees for a couple of people who had been adopted and wanted to know their past.
Research Specialties: Census data, public records (marriages, births, deaths, etc.), newspapers, military records, etc. Whether you want an extensive family tree or just information on a great-grandfather, I can help with thorough research methodology, detailing factual family histories, locating descendants, and helping with notorious “brick walls.”  [1-27-23]
 
MICHELLE SPENCER        RESEARCHER & SPEAKER
Address:     Millbrook, AL              
Email: michelle@romamarygrace.com            
Research Specialties:  business & property research, material culture, pandemics, the National
Register of Historic Places, and government records. 
Background: Michelle has more than twenty-five years of research and writing experience in
government and the private sector.  A native of Missouri, Michelle holds undergraduate degrees
from the University of Missouri in German and Political Science, and a Master of Science from
Missouri State in Defense & Strategic Studies. She spent more than a decade in Washington D.C.
before founding her genealogical research firm RomaMaryGrace in 2014.
Missouri Counties Included: Morgan, Pettis, Laclede, Maries, Crawford, & Christian.
Time Period Specialties: 19 th & 20 th century
Research Repositories Used: State Historical Society of Missouri; Missouri State Archives;
Alabama Department of History & Archives.  Numerous libraries and courthouses across
Kansas, Missouri, and Alabama.  I have fee-based subscriptions to Ancestry.com,
Newspapers.com, MyHeritage.com, and Fold3.com.
SPEAKER/WORKSHOP TOPICS:  Finding Your Ancestor in the National Register of
Historic Places, Business Records Hiding in Unusual Places, Digital Newspaper Research;
Sanborn Maps and City Directories; Using Postcards and Letters to Unlock Your Family
History; The 1918 Pandemic and Your Family Records; Using Government Documents to
Discover Your Ancestor; Using City Directories to Fill in Historic Context; Using Sanborn Maps
and Newspapers; City Directories: Google for a Different Generation; Historic Context from
Unusual Sources; and Military Records other than Personnel Files.  For other topics or more
detail see romamarygrace.com.