Experience / Qualifications

Kathleen Strader Brandt 
Professional Genealogist / Consultant
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. 
Over fifteen years of experience in International 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. Research projects have included NBC and TLC Who Do You Think You Are? celebrities Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, Ashley Judd, Chris O'Donnell. and PBS, Finding Our Roots, Linda Chavez. 

After twenty years of international corporate management and five years of teaching college Spanish, French and English writing courses, I currently do genealogy 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/Guest Speaker
Midwest Genealogy Center / Midwest Afro-American Genealogical Interest Coalition,  Feb. 2016
Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies, Wichita, KS. June 2015
Kansas Ancestor Fair, Topeka, KS Oct 2014
Iowa Genealogical Society, Oct 2014
Genealogy KC, March 2014
GenieTech, Midwest Genealogy Center, March 2014
Stephens College, MLK Day Keynote Speaker Feb 2014 

Recent / Scheduled Presentations
Midwest Afro-American  Genealogical Interest Coalition (MAGIC), Southern Claims, Feb 2016
Midwest Genealogy Center, Grand Army of the Republic, Feb 2016
Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies, Wichita, KS. June 2015
National Genealogical Society, (NGS) May 2015
Midwest Afro-American Genealogical Interest Coalition (MAGIC), Feb 2015
Kansas Ancestor Fair, DNA for Genealogists, Oct 2014
Genealogy KC, Roots Tech Affiliate, March 2014
Stephens College, You Are A Pioneer, Feb 2014
Midwest Genealogy Center,  The Road to Freedom, Jan 2014
Ancestry Day, Midwest Genealogy Center, March 2013
National Archives - KC Symposium , Oct 2012
International Black Genealogy Summit (IBGS) Oct 2012

Visit the Speaker and Media Release Tab for complete list of offerings
Additional society presentations available upon request. 

Celebrated Client(s)
TLC, Who Do You Think You Are?: Genealogy Researcher, Season 5 and 6, 2014 -2015
NBC, Who Do You Think You Are?Genealogy Researcher, Chris O'Donnell episode, Season 4, 2013
History Channel, How the States Got Their Shape, Civil War Episode, 2013
PBS, Finding Our Roots, Genealogy Researcher for Linda Chavez, 2012
NBC, Who Do You Think You Are?Genealogy Researcher, Reba McEntire episode, Season 3, 2012
NBC, Who Do You Think You Are?: Guest Genealogist, Tim McGraw and researcher Ashley Judd episodes; aired 2011.

Media Appearances
KCUR- Kansas City Public Radio, Feb 2016
The Examiner, Independence, Mo.: Library system, marking 50th anniversary, stresses literacy, technology, Oct 2015 
Family Tree Magazine, Civil War Ancestors, 22 May 2015
Twelve Magazine,Tracing Your Roots 6 Feb 2015
Jet Magazine, Planting Seeds, 17 Feb 2014
CCTV Biz Asia, DNA: Genetics and Genealogy, Jan 2014
KCUR - Kansas City Public Radio, Aug 2013
History Channel, How the States Got Their Shape, Oct 2012
National Public Radio (NPR), Springfield, IL Sept 2011
NBC, Who Do You Think You Are, Feb. 11, 2011
KCPT Radio, Dec. 10, 2010
Kansas City Star, Nov. 23, 2010

Current Membership/Affiliations (not complete listing)
Association of Professional Genealogists (APG)
Heartland APG Chapter, Missouri
Midwest Genealogy Center, Independence, Mo. (Volunteer 2009 -present)
Missouri State Genealogical Association (MOSGA)
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Researcher/Volunteer
National Genealogical Society (NGS)
New England Historical Genealogy Society (NEHGS)
Society of Military History
Iowa Genealogical Society

Professional Development Conferences/Training
Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Jan 2015
Mastering Genealogical Proof, Completed, Jan 2014
NGS Quarterly Study Group, Ongoing 2012-2013
Techniques with a Twist, Mid-Continent Genealogy Center, Independence, MO, 2011
Heartland ProGen Study Group, Kansas City, MO. 2010
Midwest Family History Expo, Kansas City, MO. 2010
National Genealogical Society Conference, Salt Lake, UT., 2010
They Came in Ships, Mid-Continent Genealogy Center, Independence, MO, 2010
Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, Little Rock, AR., 2009
Trails, Rails and Paddle Wheels - Migration Across the Nation; Mid-Continent Genealogy Center, Independence, MO, 2009
National Genealogical Society Conference, Kansas City, MO., 2008

Research Facilities
In addition to state and county facilities, historical societies and archives, and lineage society libraries, Listed below are the the top six facilities I utilize and work at on a regular basis.
National Archives and Records Administration
National Personnel Records Center, Military and Civilian
Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS.
Midwest Genealogy Center, Independence, MO.
State Archives and State Historical Societies - nationwide
Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT.
Published Articles/Books
Saline County Mo., Colored Marriages 1865-1870,  Two Trails Publishing, 2013
Researching Your 1812 Impressed SeamanGenealogy Archives Online Mag.; Expert Series, Jul 10, 2012
Researching War of 1812 Veterans Genealogy Archives Online Magazine; Expert Series, Jun 12, 2012
Genealogy Research vs. Privacy Restrictions Genealogy Archives Online Mag; Expert Series, Jan 31, 2012
Your Ancestor's Military Records Were Destroyed? What to Do? Genealogy Archives Online Magazine; Expert Series, Aug 4, 2011
 Coat of Arms & Family Research, Genealogy Archives Online Magazine; Expert Series, Jul 1, 2011
"Researching Your Civil War Ancestry"; AARP, Apr 11, 2011
"The Importance of Libraries" Genealogy Archives Online Magazine; Expert Series, Apr 11, 2011
"Accessing Family Treasures in the National Archives," Genealogy Archives Online Magazine; Expert Series, Jan 13, 2011 
"Finding Your Revolutionary War Soldier," Genealogy Archives Online Magazine; Expert Series, November, 13, 2009
Missouri Consortium for Global Education, Title III Grant Participant, 2003-2004
"Language and Culture - Doing Business with USA Latinos and Latin America," Kauffman Entrepreneurial Foundation Grant; Kansas City, Mo., 2003 – 2004
"Japanese in Brazil," National Endowment of Humanities (NEH), Kansas City, MO., 2004
"Language Awareness - A Great Place to Start," Metropolitan Community College, Kansas City, MO. and the Kauffman Entrepreneurial Foundation Grant. 2001

Published Family Books
Nelson/Clemens/Floy Families - America to Germany/Denmark, Part2, Dec 2015
Opening the Door to the Dible Family America to Germany, March 2015
Opening the Door to the Nelson/Clemens Family - America to Germany/Denmark, Part 1, Dec 2014 (8 families, 138pgs) 
Opening the Door to the Genealogy of  The Woodward Family: Jun 2013 (42 pgs)
Ancestors of [...] Stewart; To include the Stewart family of Jamaica, and Pettyman family of Maryland. a3Genealogy, April 2011, Kansas City, Mo., 20 pgs.
The [...] Myers Family; Movements and Migratory paths of an Ex-Slave Family. to include Myers, Dean and Underwood families, a3Genealogy, March  2011, Kansas City, Mo., 20 pgs
Opening the Door to the Genealogy of [...]Née Nichols;  Family book to include Nichols, Casner, Vietmeir and Klein extended families. a3Genealogy, December 2010, Kansas City, Mo., 45 pgs
The Tinberg Tales; Family book to include the Tinberg, Schmotz, Schwartz and Waymire Families; family pictures, documents; a3Genealogy, December 2009, Kansas City, Mo. 72pgs.
The Wiley J. Morris Family – The Story from 1807; Free-colored Wiley J. Morris family of Rutherford, N.C. to include Carson, Cox, and Weyms familes. a3Genealogy, June 2005, Kansas City, Mo. 41pgs.
The Stice Family, from 1769 - Rutherford N.C. to Napa Valley. Documented trace of one branch of the Stice family; a3Genealogy, October 2008. 78pgs.

Online Interviews 
Kansas City Star, Researching Your Ancestors Easier with New Technology; Nov. 22, 2010 (republished by AARP online magazine)
Geneabloggers: May I Introduce You to Kathleen Brandt, June 2010
Archives.comExpert Series, Online Magazine, 2009-2014

Academic Education
Masters of Arts, Romance Linguistics: Romances Languages, and Literatures; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI., 1984: Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian
Bachelors of Arts, Foreign Languages, Spanish, French, Italian; Stephens College, Columbia MO., 1981
Bachelors of Arts, Business Administration; 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)