Friends of the Missouri State Archive

George Mosley Store,  Belton, Mo., c1915Genealogy Support

Since the staff of the Missouri State Archives cannot do extensive genealogical research by mail, the Friends of the Missouri State Archives sponsors a list of researchers to aid patrons who are unable to visit the Archives in person. The following individuals have expressed a desire to research in this area for a fee.

It should be clearly understood that this list is provided as a service for patron convenience, and does not constitute an endorsement of any of the researchers by the Missouri State Archives or the Friends. No guarantee of the quality of their work is made or implied. Arrangements must be made directly with the researcher, and any agreement entered into is a personal contract between two private parties and does not include the Missouri State Archives or the Friends of the Missouri State Archives.

If you have questions, please write or call (573) 526-1981. It is requested that a #10 business size, stamped, self-addressed envelope (SASE) be included with the initial inquiry to any researchers.

Buffat, Stephen J.
5095 E. Hackberry St.
Springfield, MO 65809

(417) 576-4524


35 years experience in genealogical research and professionally researching for clients for 20 years.  Specializations include complex lineage research projects; brick wall problem solving; 18th and 19th century record sources; military research; artifact research for dealers and individual collectors; house histories; and historical research for authors.   Extensive experience researching and analyzing multiple federal, state, county and local record types including military service and pension records, census schedules, land records, naturalization records, wills and probate records, cemetery records, city directories, tax lists, newspapers, court house records, immigration records, church records and others. Extensive research experience, researching in all types of repositories and archives including major library collections, manuscript collections, court houses, and other national, state, county, local, and privately owned archives.  Will research all repositories throughout Missouri and the Midwest

Furnell, Debbie
5069 N Irvin Loop
Columbia, MO 65202

(573) 680-1548 E-mail

Over 25 years of experience researching family history. Will compile a personalized family tree or conduct specific research. Familiar with the following:

  • Onsite research at the Missouri State Archives (Jefferson City), the State Historical Society of Missouri (Columbia) and other locations across the state
  • Microfilmed newspaper collections at the State Historical Society of Missouri
  • Public records in Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia (includes military, census, vital and probate records)

Wilson-Kleekamp, Traci &
Fuenfhausen, Gary

(573) 239-0858 (phone)
(573) 441-0221 (fax)

E-Mail or

More than a decade of general genealogical research with a special focus on African American research in Central Missouri -- but plenty of experience with Northeast and Southwest Missouri as well.
Services provided include:

  • Family History Research
  • Forensic genealogy --Estate Research for Missing Heirs
  • Document Retrieval
  • Family Research Workshops & Presentations
  • Historical/Architectural Research Analysis
  • Historic research and development for documentaries, films and other media productions
  • Photo-restoration, research, writing, editing, layout, production of family history.

See also via the Missouri Secretary of State website:
African-American Genealogy: Putting Together the Pieces of Your Past
This five-part webcast explores the resources available online and in local, state and national historical repositories that help family historians discover more about their African-American heritage. It provides helpful tips on accessing the best websites, identifying which records are most beneficial and getting the most out of original records. Together, "What's Out There?;" "What's Your Story?: Finding It on the Web;" "How Do I Find Out More?;" "What Happened During the Wars?;" and "How Do I Put All the Information Together?" teach researchers how to use all the pieces they find to gain a better understanding of those who came before them.

Own, Write & Document Your Family History

If you are a researcher who would like to be included on this list, please send $25 (annual fee) with a check made payable to the “Friends of the Missouri State Archives” at PO Box 242, Jefferson City, MO 65102.

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PO BOX 242, Jefferson City, Missouri, 65102-0242 - Phone: 573/526-1981

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