Experience / Qualifications

Kathleen Strader Brandt
Historical Researcher, Writer, Presenter
P.O. Box 414640
Kansas City, MO. 64141
(816) 729-5995; (816) 817-2146 fax
You can see Kathleen's work on TLC and NBC: Who Do You Think You Are? with Tim McGraw (appears on episode), Reba McEntire, Ashley Judd, and Chris O'Donnell; on PBS: Finding Your Roots; CCTV Biz Asia; and, in AARP and Jet Magazine. She's a celebrated Keynote Speaker: Ask about the You Are A Pioneer series as presented at Stephens College, Columbia, MO, Feb 2014, and is referenced in Genealogy Online for Dummies, 7th Edition, 2014.  Engaged in forensic genealogy, she is a licensed Private Investigator (MO).  She recently compiled and authored Colored Marriages of Saline County, MO., released April 2014. 
With over fifteen years of experience in historical and genealogical research, I have experience in documentation retrieval and research, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) document analysis, as well as family and lineage research. I specialize in military, immigration/naturalization records, Native American and African American ancestry, and corporate histories. Research projects have included NBC and TLC Who Do You Think You Are? for celebrities Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, Ashley Judd, Chris O'Donnell. and PBS, Finding Our Roots, Linda Chavez. Historical corporate research clients spans from Eberhard Faber Pencil Co. to Caymus Vineyards, Napa Valley.

After twenty years of international corporate management, project management, and five years of teaching college Spanish, French and English writing courses, I currently do historical research and consultation full time. Corporate speaking, public and private group presentations and freelance writing assignments opportunities are welcomed.

As a multilingual speaker, I translate Spanish, French, and Italian records. I also have experience researching German and Swedish records. 

You may wish to visit these sites for more information:
Forensic Genealogy and Investigative Services
Speaker Series for Genealogists

Keynote Speaker for Conferences
  “Successful Historical Research Tips,” Missouri State Genealogical Association, contracted keynote speaker. Columbia, MO., Aug. 2017.
 “Historical Research Tools - DNA,” Mid-Continent Public Library, contracted guest speaker. Independence, MO., Oct. 2016. 
  Midwest Afro-American Genealogical Interest Coalition, keynote speaker. Independence, MO.,
Feb. 2016.
“Researching Southern Claims Commission”
“Conducting Archival Grand Army of Republic Research”
Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies, keynote speaker. Wichita, KS., Jun. 2015.
“Research Tips to Fast Forward: Leaping Over Brick-walls”
“Researching Military Records: Military Records Destroyed”
“Oral and Family History: Sharing Our Ancestors”
Iowa Genealogical Society, keynote speaker. Des Moines, IA., Oct. 2014
“Research Tips - Leaping Over Brick-walls”
“Finding Your Elusive Civil War”
“Conducting Military Research”  
“Researching the Road to Freedom: Record Sets”
“Sharing Our Ancestors”
“Tech Toys for Genealogists: It’s All Portable”
Stephens College, Columbia, MO. MLK Day keynote speaker. Columbia, MO., Feb. 2014 
“You Are A Pioneer”
“The Invisible Staircase”

Guest Speaker / Presentations
  “10 Best Bets for Civil War Research,” Daniel Boone Regional Library, presenter. Columbia MO., Aug. 2016.
   “7 Tips to Researching Slaves and Slaveholders,” National Genealogical Society, presenter. St. Charles, MO., May 2015.
“Historical Research Tips: Leaping Over Brickwalls,” Kansas City Roots Tech. presenter, Kansas City, MO., Mar. 2014.
   “From History to Present: DNA Research,” Spring Seminar, Midwest Genealogy Center, presenter. Independence, MO., Mar. 2014.
  International Black Genealogy Summit, presenter. Salt Lake City, UT., Jan. 2012.
“Research Tips to Fast Forward”
“Steps to Reconstructing Missing Files” - Military Records
  “Historical Research Tips,” National Archives - KC Symposium, speaker. Kansas City, MO.,
 Oct. 2012.

Online Interviews
“Researching Your Ancestors Easier with New Technology Kansas City Star; 22 Nov. 2010. Note: republished by AARP online magazine, 2010.
“May I Introduce You to Kathleen Brandt,” Geneabloggers, Jun. 2010.
“Interview with Kathleen Brandt,” Make-Family-Tree.com, 2008.

Media Appearances and Expert Interviews
“Dead Files,” Travel Channel TV, Historian / Investigator, airing 2017.
“Hidden Roots.” Central Standard, KCUR- Kansas City Public Radio, 23 Feb. 2016.
“Library system, marking 50th anniversary, stresses literacy, technology,” The Examiner, Independence, MO., Oct. 2015.
“Civil War Ancestors,” Family Tree Magazine, online, 22 May 2015.
“Tracing Your Roots,” Twelve Magazine, print, 6 Feb. 2015.
“Planting Seeds,” Jet Magazine, print, 17 Feb. 2014.
“DNA: Genetics and Genealogy” CCTV Biz Asia, TV, Jan. 2014.
Tim McGraw, Episode” Who Do You Think You Are? TLC, Season 2, Genealogist, TV,
Jan. 2011.
“Interest in Genealogy Rising, Technology Driving Changes,” Central Standard, KCUR - Kansas City Public Radio, 5 Aug. 2013.
“How the States Got Their Shape,” History Channel, TV, Oct. 2013.
“Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference,” National Public Radio, Springfield, IL.,
Sep. 2011.
“Black History and Roots,” KCPT Radio, Kansas, City, MO., 10 Dec. 2010.

Media Research Contracts
 “Who Do You Think You Are?” NBC, TV, Historical / Genealogical Researcher, Seasons 2 - 6, (Episodes: Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, Ashley Judd, Cynthia Nixon,
Chris O’Donnell, Ginnifer Goodwin), 2011-2015.
“Finding Your Roots,” PBS, TV, Historical / Genealogy Researcher, 2012.

Published Articles/Books
Brandt, Kathleen Strader. Colored People Marriage Records, 1865-1970. Independence: Two Trails, 2014. Print.
Brandt, Kathleen R. "Researching Your 1812 Impressed Seaman." Genealogy Archives.
12 Jul. 2012. Web.
Brandt, Kathleen R. "Researching War of 1812 Veterans." Genealogy Archive. 12 Jun. 2012. Web.
Brandt, Kathleen R. "Genealogy Research vs. Privacy Restrictions." Genealogy Archives.
31 Jan. 2012. Web.
Brandt, Kathleen R "Your Ancestor's Military Records Were Destroyed? What to Do?" Genealogy Archive. 4 Aug. 2011. Web.
Brandt, Kathleen R. "Coat of Arms & Family Research." Genealogy Archives. 1 Jul. 2011. Web.
Brandt, Kathleen R. "Researching Your Civil War Ancestry." AARP, 11 Apr. 2011. Print.
Brandt, Kathleen R. "The Importance of Libraries." Genealogy Archives. 11 Apr. 2011. Web.
Brandt, Kathleen R. "Accessing Family Treasures in the National Archives." Genealogy Archives. 13 Jan. 2011. Web.
Brandt, Kathleen R. "Taking a Genealogy Trip?" Genealogy Archives. 7 Jan. 2010. Web. 
Brandt, Kathleen R. "Finding Your Revolutionary War Soldier." Genealogy Archives.
13 Nov. 2009. Web.
Brandt, Kathleen Strader. Language and Culture - Doing Business with USA Latinos and Latin America.  Kauffman Entrepreneurial Foundation Grant, Kansas City, MO., Dec. 2004. Print
Brandt, Kathleen Strader. Language Awareness - A Great Place to Start. Kauffman Entrepreneurial Foundation May 2001. Print.

Professional Membership/Affiliations
Association of American University Women
Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award Committee
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Researcher/Volunteer
Society of Military History
Midwest Genealogy Center, Independence, MO., Volunteer 2009 -present
New England Historical Genealogy Society
Association of Professional Genealogists
Missouri State Genealogical Association
National Genealogical Society
National Endowment of Humanities, Kansas City, MO., 2004
Missouri Consortium for Global Education, Title III Grant, 2003-2004

Published Family / Corporate Books
Brandt, Kathleen.  The Wagner Family from 1769 - Rutherford N.C. to Caymus Vineyards
(Part 2).
Kansas City: a3Genealogy, Feb. 2016. Print.
Brandt, Kathleen.  Nelson/Clemens/Floy Families - America to Germany/Denmark, Part 2. Kansas City: a3Genealogy, Dec. 2015. Print.
Brandt, Kathleen.  Opening the Door to the Dible Family America to Germany, Kansas City: a3Genealogy, Mar. 2015. Print.
Brandt, Kathleen.  Opening the Door to the Nelson/Clemens Family - America to Germany/Denmark, Part 1, Kansas City: a3Genealogy, Dec. 2014. Print.
Brandt, Kathleen.  Opening the Door to the Genealogy of  The Woodward Family, Kansas City: a3Genealogy, Jun. 2013. Print.
Brandt, Kathleen.  Ancestors of [...] Stewart family of Jamaica, and Pettyman Family of Maryland. Kansas City: a3Genealogy, Apr. 2011. Print.
Brandt, Kathleen.  The [...] Myers Family; Movements and Migratory paths of an Ex-Slave Family. Kansas City: a3Genealogy, Mar. 2011. Print.
Brandt, Kathleen.  Opening the Door to the Genealogy of [...]Née Nichols Kansas City: a3Genealogy,  Dec. 2010. Print.
Brandt, Kathleen.  The Tinberg Tales. Kansas City: a3Genealogy, Dec. 2009. Print.
Brandt, Kathleen.  The Wiley J. Morris Family - The Story from 1807. Kansas City: a3Genealogy, Jun. 2005. Print.
Brandt, Kathleen.  The Stice Family Caymus Vineyards from 1769 - Rutherford N.C. to Napa  Valley. Kansas City: a3Genealogy, Oct. 2008. Print.

Academic Education
·         Masters of Arts, Humanities: Romance Linguistics: Languages, and Literature; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI., 1984
·         Bachelors of Arts, Business Administration; Stephens College, Columbia MO., 1981

·         Bachelors of Arts, Foreign Languages, Spanish, French, Italian; Stephens College, Columbia MO., 1981

International Work Assignments
Italy, Milano 1996-1997, Alcatel Corporation
Israel, Tel-Aviv 1994-1996, Alcatel Corporation
France, Paris 1990 – 1994, Alcatel Corporation
Germany, Karlsruhe 1987- 1990, Electronic Data System (EDS)
Italy, Rome 1986 –1987, Electronic Data System (EDS)
Spain, Madrid, 1982-1986, Electronic Data System (EDS) 

Foreign Language Competency
(Masters Degree in Romance Linguistics) 
Read/Write/Speak: Spanish, French, Italian
Read/Write: Portuguese
Read: German 

Additional Foreign Language Education
Cuernavaca Instituto (For Professors); Cuernavaca, Mexico, Summer 2005
Cactus Language, Immersion French (For Professors); Montpellier, France, Summer 2002
Command Spanish® Certification; Petal, MS., October 2001
Summer Immersion Master"s Program, Spanish Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT., 1984
French Linguistics,  Master"s Program, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT., 1984
Summer Immersion, Spanish, University of Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 1982
Universidad de IberoAmericana, Mexico City, Mexico, 1980
(History and Language)
Universidad de Valencia, Spain, 1978 (History, Language)