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Professional Researchers

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

More than 35 years of experience in genealogical research (20 years professionally). Specializations include complex lineage research projects; brick wall problem solving; 18th and 19th century record sources; military research; Native American research, artifact research for dealers and individuals; house/property histories; lineage society applications; location photography 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 experience researching in all types of repositories and archives, including major library collections, manuscript collections, courthouses 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

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)

Linda McCarty
Time’s Lines
P.O. Box 395
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0395
(573) 635-7591

I have been self-employed in genealogical and family history research from 2005 to the present, although my interest and involvement in family history reach back to my childhood years. I have researched Missouri family history for clients located throughout the United States, including probate files; wills; African-American ancestry; birth, marriage and death records; census records; historical records; and other sources of genealogical information. For more than 10 years I was the director of a family history center in Jefferson City, Missouri, where I supervised staff, assisted patrons and taught genealogy classes.

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.