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. 
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Talking Box Genealogy Email:
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.
Address: 1831 Ricardo Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701,               Phone: (573) 579-7978
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.
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.
Email: Roseann at
Background: Ancestry, Inc. research cornerstone columnist from its inception, winning ISFHWE award in 2003,  author of "Kentucky Ancestry" and numerous historical and genealogical publications, including publications in APG and other academic and historical journals. Check out my website for sample articles on how to get started and special topics!  Responsible for setting up first statewide vital records search index online in the US.  I have worked as a professional genealogist on National Institute on Health projects involving genetic cancer research.
My interests in research coupled with the passion to help others learn about their families led me to professional research starting in late 1980s.  Services and products include custom reports, family history books and charts.   High quality professional and fast turnaround services available.  
Research Specialties:  Areas of expertise include African American families, all German speaking countries, Irish, Italian & Czech families. The world our ancestors experienced is particularly important to me. I strive to provide those perspectives in all research projects and the family memorial books I produce.  Fluent or reading knowledge in all European languages and Latin.
Adoption and heir work with legal firms. Oral histories, writing and technology projects. Building trees for DNA analysis.
Research Timeframe: 1800s to modern day
Research Repositories:  Custom research for family histories, all US states and major US archives including the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Kentucky Archives and Federal Archives in California.    
Research Areas:  Midwest and southern states with emphasis on Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee,  and the deep south, Texas, NY, California, British Isles, Germany, Ireland, areas in present day Czech Republic. 
►AMY KOPPE,  TRANSLATOR AND IN-COUNTRY RESEARCHER (all areas where German was or is spoken) 
Website:    Email:   Phone: 904.429.1934
Background: Degrees in German (4.0 GPA) and International Studies as well as a master’s degree in education.  My family has lived in the United States and in Germany and speaks German and English at home.  We have family ties to Thuringia (Thueringen), Bavaria (Bayern) and Schleswig-Holstein, representing a wide variety of dialects and cultural experiences.  Beginning in 2020, we will be living in northern Bavaria and I will be available to conduct “boots on the ground” research for you in churches and archives in the German-speaking world.
Translation and research specialties:  I have experience translating many documents including: birth, baptismal, marriage and death certificates from as far back as the mid-1500’s; WWII memoirs from German soldiers; letters between family members living in Germany and in the United States; letters and family documents originating in East Prussia, entries in church books and family Bibles; and pedigrees from German Shepherds.  I am proficient in deciphering old German handwriting and Fraktur (old German typeface) and would be happy to unlock the mysteries of any handwritten German documents you may run across!
Address: 20788 Orchard Lane, St. Joseph, MO 64505-8201,    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.
Address: 10382 Beau Jardin Dr., St. Louis, MO 63146
Phone: (314) 863-1879
US states & countries of immigration: All
Time periods: 1000 (11th century) to present, no limit.
Specialties: I provide comprehensive genealogy services for all types of family trees for Unites States clients. Please visit my website at for details.  
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.”
►HEIDI POWELL TAYLOR            RESEARCHER, Presenter, and Workshops
Address: 1802 Devonshire Place, Independence, MO 64057,  Phone: 816.868.9675
Research Specialties: Brick Wall Research, DNA Analysis, Adoption, Great Lakes Region
Heidi has always enjoyed family history and research and is thrilled to be able to help others finding their family bloodlines. With over 30 years of experience and having some of the best research facilities in the United States right here in her back yard, she can't wait to see who is in your family. Owner of A Positive Genealogy, Adoption/DNA researcher, MGC Brick Walls group instructor, Midwest Genealogy Center volunteer, Genealogy KC Brick Wall class instructor 2018, Kansas City Irish Festival genealogy volunteer, former board member of the Jackson County Genealogical Society, DAR/SAR Application Assistance.