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 Researcher List

On occasion the Library/Archives Division of the Nebraska State Historical Society receives research requests that go beyond the scope and time limit of what staff can provide.

In response to such requests, the Division provides the following list of researchers-for-hire. These individuals, listed alphabetically, are not on staff at the Historical Society and their inclusion on the list does not constitute an endorsement of any kind. You may contact any of these individuals at the addresses listed. Please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope. Any agreement reached with one of these researchers is a personal contract between two private parties and does not involve the Nebraska State Historical Society. The following summaries are unedited transcriptions of what the individuals submitted to us.

Websites and e-mail addresses linked below may NOT be current!

Ab Initio Archives Research, LLC.

1403 Pathfinder Lane, 

McLean, VA 22101


Kevin Morrow has almost two decades of experience in historical, environmental and litigation research, including eleven years on staff at the National Archives in Washington, DC. He specializes in federal, state and local records reviews and have considerable experience with government records, atlases, city directories, newspapers, photo collections and maps, and is available for research both locally and in Washington, DC at the National Archives in Nebraska-related records.


Gail Blankenau
7424 Stevens Ridge Road
Lincoln, NE 68516

Professional genealogist, author and lecturer with twenty years of experience. On-site research in archives, including newspapers, church records, and other records, including those at Union College Library-a large number of these volumes were formerly held at NHS. In addition, I have access to the following:;; HeritageQuest;; ProQuest.

Publications: New England Genealogical and Historical Register, The Genealogist, Family Chronicle, Everton's Genealogical Helper, and Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly.

Member: Association of Professional Genealogists; Genealogical Speakers Guild; NSDAR; Alden Kindred, First Families of Nebraska.

For more information, check my listings at:

Kathy Buhrman
Arlington, Nebraska

Professional Genealogist, with twenty five years' experience Researches in the Midwest with an emphasis in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa and utilizes both on site and online resources. She is a member of several national and regional genealogical organizations and has earned her certificate from the Association of Professional Genealogists ProGen Study Program and currently is Program Chairperson with the APG Heartland Chapter.


John K. Davis
444 Riverfront Plaza #801
Omaha, NE 68102

Specializing in all available records and resources for Douglas, Sarpy, Cass, and Washington Counties in Nebraska and Pottawattamie County in Iowa. I also have access to marriage records from a few other Nebraska counties. My experience includes over 30 years of historical research and writing and more than 20 years of genealogical research for families. My costs are based on an hourly fee and are very reasonable. Please email for services available and/or a free evaluation of your problem and estimated costs.


Dr. Joachim Eyl

If you have discovered that your ancestors came from Germany, I would be delighted to help you find out more about them. I'm a professional genealogist situated in Western Germany with 15 years of genealogical research experience. As a German resident, I have access to all major archives (church, governments, state, and local) as well as the German emigrant databases. Building on relevent data about your ancesotry that you already have, I can supply additional information about the places they came from and perhaps about their real estate holdings. I am able to transcribe and translate all documents written in German and, would be available to accompany you when visiting German archives. I will correspond in English and my fees, which are reasonable, can be easily transmitted via PayPal. References furnished upon request.


Marcella Garnett
14811 Manderson Plaza, #301
Omaha, NE 68116
(402) 885-3963

Marcella (Marcie) Smith Garnett has been conducting genealogical research for 24 years. She is currently a member of the national, state, and local genealogical societies, as well as a member and presenter for the local genealogical computer users group. A member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Marcie also serves as treasurer for the Great Plains chapter of APG. Her research interests and experience include mid-western states, courthouse records, Scandinavian and Quaker research
Jim Heddell
31 Shetland Ln
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
(888) 509 1130
e-mail: is helping people connect to their past through our dream team of over 860 professional genealogists, historians, geneticists, analysts, and university professors/scholars.
We work on-site in every county of Nebraska and most major cities. We can access every archive and repository in Nebraska as well as over 1,500 locations and archives throughout the world.
We provide high quality family history research services at competitive prices. We specialize in:

* Breaking down brick walls and solving family history challenges
* Strengthening and extending family trees
* Obtaining copies of original documents from archives and libraries


Douglas R. Hartman
Hartman Historical Services
15612 Cottonwood Street
Omaha, NE 68136

Masters Degree in American History. I have written one book and published over 35 articles in various journals. Past client list includes Mutual of Omaha, Western Heritage Museum, Fontenelle Forest and the Jewish Community Center. Areas of Research: Nebraska History, Omaha History and Military History.


Josh Jenkins

I am a professional genealogist with a wide scope of experience and ability. My services include family tree research, documentation, onsite research, DNA heritage determination, custom DNA projects, Native American assistance and much more.

I have performed genealogical research for clients in many Nebraska counties. I also research the entire United States with access to primary source material. I do specialize in other areas as well, including England, Mexico, Canada and some of France. I have associates located throughout the globe.

If you want a dedicated, experienced genealogist, please visit and detail your project.
299 South Main Street Suite 1300
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Our team of professional researchers at Mygenealogist can coordinate Nebraska research with all 50 states, as well as most European countries. Research specialties include Native American, African American, Irish, and British research. We also do probate, citizenship, adoption, and tribal membership cases. We can conduct online research in all databases as well as locate marriage, death, newspapers, wills, and other local or state records. All work is provided with source documentation. We adhere to the highest standards to research, sourcing, and report writing. We will create your family pedigree and put in Family Tree Maker. We do offer free phone consultations to discuss your individual research goals. References available. Association of professional genealogists.


Kassie Nelson

Kassie Nelson, a family and house historian, is the president and chapter representative for the Association of Professional Genealogists Great Plains Chapter. She has over a dozen years of experience, is a contributor to the Nebraska State Genealogical Society's quarterly newsletter and a graducate student pursuing a Masters degree in history. Kassie actively encourages the genealogy community to find innovative ways to spark the interest of the next generation. Please visit for further details.


(866) 632-9291 - toll free

Eclectic, Dynamic, and Methodical -- three great adjectives that describe the Team of Researchers at Record Click, a boutique genealogy firm that specializes in investigating lineage cases both domestic and international -- including nine European locations, as well as Argentina and Canada. In fact, Record Click is the only international genealogy research company located on the East Coast, giving it the advantage and proximity to immigration documentation.

Record Click is staffed with expert genealogy investigators, including former CIA officers, private investigators with FBI connections, nuclear physicists-cum-forensic DNA detectives, and of course Certified and Accredited Genealogists.

Offering more than just traditional look-ups and pedigrees, Record Click pulls away from the pack on nondescript companies by offering alternative research processes for big and small projects, allowing its clients to skim the surface or do a deep dive into their ancestry. Partnered with Family Tree DNA (of Who Do You Think You Are? fame) and Reel Tributes (a documentary production company), Record Click serves up peripheral, complementary services that include an array of DNA testing kits, as well as a production company that will -- with Hollywood quality -- capture and pay tribute to a family's or friend's history.


Jim Reisdorff
PO Box 163
David City, NE 68632

I'm a lifelong resident of Butler County, Neb., and history writer of the area. I can help researchers with Butler County history and/or genealogy by either doing research or by directing parties to available local resources. I otherwise specialize in attempting to answer questions regarding the railroad history of Nebraska. I have operated a niche-publishing business dealing in Nebraska and western railroad history for more than
25 years.


Taylor & Hammel LLC
1240 N. Pitt St., Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314

John Taylor and Matt Hammel have over a decade of experience in historical, environmental and litigation research and have distinguished themselves within the professional historical field as knowledgeable, passionate, and diligent researchers. They specialize in federal, state and local records reviews and have considerable experience with government records, atlases, city directories, newspapers, photo collections, business records, and maps.


Marc D. Thompson
708 Enfield Rd
Delray Beach, FL 33444

Mr. Thompson has been a Family Historian since 1980 and a Genealogist since 1990. He founded the WSY Genealogical Society, Cumberland County, PA in 1999, compiled a 10-volume Family History collection and developed a number of websites. He actively lectures on various genealogical topics, travels often and has many personal contacts throughout the world. He subscribes to many fee-based online genealogy websites to supplement his more traditional resource methods. Mr. Thompson is well-versed in research and information location in North America (including African-American and Native American) and Western Europe. Association of Professional Genealogists. 25 years experience. Specialties include American, European, African-American.


Andrew J. Witter
2056 255 th Street
Donnellson, IA 52625-9679

I am a freelance translator with over 15 years of professional experience translating the following languages into English: German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian. My past work in the fields of genealogy and history has included vital records, certificates, minutes, letters, poems, songs, articles, and books. I can read the above languages in handwritten as well as machine-printed form.


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