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Aarquives Unlimited, LLC
300 South Jenison Avenue
Lansing, MI 48915-1130
Telephone:  (517) 743-4733
E-mail:  info@aarquives.com
Contact Person:  G. Russell Overton
Research Specialty:  Native American relations; diplomatic records; Congressional records; Labor & business; environmental & natural resources; federal courts

Ab Initio Archives Research, LLC
1403 Pathfinder Lane
McClean, VA 22101
Telephone:  (703) 439-8789
E-mail:  kevin@abinitioresearch.net
Contact Person:  Kevin Morrow
Research Specialty:  Independent researcher. Former National Archives employee. Environmental :activities of former federal contractor and defense installations (hazardous chemicals, asbestos, etc.); identifying potentially responsible parties, land use history. Academic: military (all armed service branches, all wars; action reports, deck logs, muster rolls, high-level military policy, foreign military studies, etc.), diplomatic/intelligence (OSS; State Dept.; Army and Navy), captured German records (German Foreign Office, Wehrmacht/SS, Nazi Party). Photos: military and civilian. Cartographic: maps, charts, architectural drawings, ships' plans. Special focus on Middle East. Know German and French, some Arabic.

Academic Historical Research
4469 Sedgwick St. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Telephone:  (202) 812-8466
E-mail: sim.smiley@gmail.com
Contact Person: Sim Smiley
Research Specialty: Intelligence, Diplomatic Records, Cold War, Military Records, Captured German Records, Navy Records. OSS, Intelligence and State Department Records, WW2 and onward. One of the original compilers of the OSS finding aids and researcher for William J. Casey's memoir. Also FBI, CIA Crest, Holocaust, Looted Nazi Gold, War Crimes, Nuremberg, OWI and propaganda. Clients include the BBC, Ken Burns and the Monuments Men Project. Former State Department simultaneous interpreter in French and Italian (with Presidential assignments), can also conduct research in Spanish, Portuguese, German, Swedish and Norwegian. 20 years experience and a stickler for client satisfaction.

American Historical Research
1927 Hillside Drive
Falls Church, VA 22043
Telephone:  (703) 517-3977
E-mail:  warren.hower@howerresearch.com
Contact Person: Warren Hower
Research Specialty:  Former military/government contractor and experienced researcher. Areas of expertise include: 1)Environmental cleanup litigation (included but not limited to - identifying "potentially responsible parties-PRP's", and 3rd party liabilities, historical operations and processes 2)Academic Historical Research, specializing in US diplomatic relations 1800-1900's, WWII military history 3)Corporate Histories specializing in contract research, product development histories, change in ownership, etc. 4) Cartographic Research. In addition, I have access to wide pool of researchers and historians who specialize in a variety of topics. If you need specific topic researched and you don't see it listed, please ask.

American International Solutions, LLC
PO Box 8732
Reston, VA 20195
Telephone: (860) 961-7298 (cell)
E-mail:  info@americaninternationalsolutions.com
Contact Person:  Donald Budrejko
Research Specialty: American & International History (Asia-Pacific, European, Latin American, Mediterranean, & Middle East). Aviation and Aerospace. Patents , Science, Technology, Industry, & Manufacturing. Military History all Branches and Conflicts. Compiled service, pension, and unit records from the Civil War. Asbestos litigation including but not limited to - identifying potentially responsible parties and third party liabilities. Aerial photography, cartography, and still pictures. Research into issues involving Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, Department of State, Diplomatic and Congressional Records.

American Roots Company
451 Hungerford Drive, Suite 119-234
Rockville, MD 20850
Telephone:  (240) 383-7834
E-mail:  theoscarmarionproject@yahoo.com
Contact Person:  Tina C. Jones
Research Specialty:  Geographic Area - Nationwide Searches, Early/Colonial Research, Tracing Back to 1st Immigrant Ancestor, African American/Slavery Research, Military Research, Verifying/Documenting Lineages for SAR and DAR.

American Warfare, Intelligence, Diplomacy and the Homefront
5500 Friendship Blvd, Suite 1814N
Chevy chase, MD 02815
Telephone:  (202) 330-8827
E-mail:  winwin@post.harvard.edu
Contact Person: Ann Trevor
Research Specialty:  WWII through the Cold War, OSS through CIA (Records and Personal Papers): ETO, Holocaust, Looted Nazi Gold and Art, Nuremberg; The Pacific War, War Crimes, Occupation of Japan; Propaganda, the Homefront and Industrial Mobilization; the Depression, the New Deal, WPA, and 1930's America; Post WWII, McCarthy Hearings, Korea, and Vietnam; Military Records from all Branches, CIA Crest, FOIA, State Department, Army and Navy Intel; Library of Congress, NIH, USDA, Navy History and Heritage Command, AFL-CIO Records, FBI Enforcement Records.

Archival Research
3200 16th Street, NW #806
Washington, D.C. 20010-3348
Telephone:  (202) 361-5000
Fax:  (202) 319-9150
E-mail:  jeremybigwood@gmail.com
Contact Person:  Jeremy Bigwood
Research Specialty:  All records regardless of media from 1700s to present including United States and Russian intelligence, diplomatic, military, and civilian records as well as captured German military and police records (1890s-1945). Research can be carried out simultaneously by professional researchers in both the US and in Russian archives - or either one of the two - essential for any serious WWII or Cold War research. Open records laws (such as the US FOIA) can be used as an adjunct to archival research by declassifying responsive records directly from governments. All media: Captured German Records, Cold War, Diplomatic Records, Intelligence, Labor, Military, Science.

Archivespro
103 Claybrook Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20902
Telephone:  (301) 681-7160
E-mail:  archivespro@verizon.net
Contact Person:  Rebecca Livingston
Research Specialty:  Intelligence, military, Navy, Marine Corps, Diplomatic, Maritime, WWI

Archives Researchers
P.O. Box 320092
Alexandria, VA 22320
Telephone:  (703) 585-3463
E-mail:  archivesresearchers@gmail.com
Contact Person:  Rose Esber
Research Specialty:  Experienced researching military, diplomatic, still photographs, motion pictures, and cartographic records for dissertations, international legal briefs, documentaries and authors. Specialized in Middle East and colonial history.

Associates at Nicklason Research
2217 N. Harrison Street
Arlington, Virginia 22205
Telephone:  (703) 536-5180 or (703) 946-7146
Fax:  (703)536-5180
E-mail:  mleutbecker@nicklason.com
Contact Person:  Mark Leutbecker
Research Specialty:  40 years experience researching African-American History; Congressional Records; Court Records (Supreme Court, Court of Claims); Coast Guard/Lighthouse/Custom Records; Labor & Business History/Transportation/Regulatory Agencies; Military-Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, National Guard, Veterans (Civil, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam); Native American History; Science, Technology, Natural Resources and Environmental clean-up (CERCLA, FUDS, PRP, MMRP); State Department. Land Use, Water Rights, Mining, Forests.Textual, Cartographic, Photographs, Newspapers. Also Library of Congress, Smithsonian, and other repositories.

Aviation Information Research Corporation
73 Fendall Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22304-6343
Telephone:  (703) 823-1264
Fax:  (703) 823-1264
E-mail:  tcairc@avinforsch.com
Contact Person:  Thomas M. Culbert
Research Specialty: American Military, State Department, Department of Treasury, Department of Interior, Department of Transportation-Aviation, Nixon, Still Photos, Motion Pictures, and others.

Amylynne Baker-Santagate
20 Starwood Dr
Hampstead, NH 03841
Telephone:  (603) 247-1049
E-mail:  info@nhgenealogist.com
Contact Person:  Amylynne
Research Specialty:  Any + All available at these facilities listed below

Donna Bergstrom
9615 Sutherland Road
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Telephone:  (202) 236-2692
E-mail:  dbergstrom1@mac.com
Contact Person: Donna Bergstrom
Research Specialty:  Military Records, CIA Records, Native American Records, Record Group 75, Treaties

Broad Run IT, LLC
6472 Georgetown Rd
Broad Run, Virginia 20137-2121
Telephone:  (540) 347-1865
Fax:  (540) 349-7727
E-mail:  genealogy@broadrunit.com
Contact Person:  Stephen D. McLeod or Edith M. McLeod
Research Specialty:  All record groups-in particular maritime, military, pension, ship passenger lists, consular, census

Christine M. Cacace
315 W. 106th Street, Ste. 16-A
New York, NY 10025-3445
Telephone:  (212) 865-9083
E-mail:  cmc@uprootsGenealogy.com
Contact Person: Christine M. Cacace
Research Specialty: Genealogy and Family History - Has over 25 years experience researching Federal, State and City civil and religious records; conducts research in Italian, Irish, German and Eastern European civil and religious records. Aids in Dual Citizenship research qualification and Applications.

Cliff Callahan
2059 S. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22204
Telephone:  (703) 772-6030
E-mail:  callahan331@aol.com
Contact Person:  Cliff Callahan
Research Specialty: State Dept./Diplomatic; Asbestos & Environmental Exposure; Navy and Coast Guard; JFK; Nixon; WWII & Vietnam, including Action Reports, Journals, Unit Histories. Over 14 years experience.

Alexandra Bryk-Cardarelli
4607 Marshall Hall Lane
Fairfax, VA 22033-3718
Telephone:  (571) 722-2427
E-mail:  sunshinedesign@earthlink.net
Contact Person:  Alexandra Bryk-Cardarelli

Martha Davidson
2520 41st Street NW #3
Washington, DC 20007
Telephone:  (202) 298-6937
Fax:  (202) 298-6937
E-mail:  mdwdc@sprintmail.com
Contact Person:  Martha Davidson
Research Specialty:  Still pictures and textual records, all subjects.

Jill Cairns-Gallimore
2304 Lyndhurst Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21216-2013
Telephone:  (410) 664-2873
E-mail:  jill_cairns_gallimore@yahoo.com
Contact Person:  Jill Cairns-Gallimore
Research Specialty:  Still Pictures, State Department, Office of Strategic Services, Department of Justice, and FBI records; Record Groups 59, 60, 65, and 226; will also accept research requests outside of these areas

Center for Research Information, Inc.
9300 Brookville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910-1742
Telephone:  (301) 346-6501
Fax:  (301) 587-9658
E-mail:  cri@ix.netcom.com
Contact Person:  V. Miller

C.L. Philips
1718 M Street NW #142
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone:  (202) 657-6192
E-mail:  clphilips@gmail.com
Contact Person:  C.L. Philips Research Specialty:  General research in all media [audio, film, pictures, text] in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, including biography, diplomacy, genealogy, history, literature, military, performing arts, politics, etc.

Amy Doherty, Pawpro Media, LLC
6743 Towne Lane Road
McLean, VA 22101
Telephone:  (571) 218-6857
E-mail:  pawpro@mac.com
Contact Person:  Amy Doherty
Research Specialty:  Motion Picture/Film,Census, Genealogy research

Diplomatic and Intelligence Research
4469 Sedgwick St. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Telephone:  (202) 812-8466
E-mail: sim.smiley@gmail.com
Contact Person: Ms. Sim Smiley
Research Specialty:I specialize in diplomatic, intelligence and military history of the WII, the Cold War and beyond. Particular focus on: OSS, CIA, CIA Crest, State Dept, Captured German Records, Italy, France, Army Navy Intelligence, Biological Warfare, Nixon and the FBI. Fluent in French, Italian and Swedish and can also research in German and Spanish. Former NARA volunteer in Modern Military Branch where I compiled finding aids for OSS records.

Focused Research International, Inc.
22194 Monterey Place
Leonardtown, MD 20650-2818
Telephone:  (301) 475-3898
Fax:  (301) 475-3898
E-mail:  rypfri@radix.net
Contact Person:  Allan Rypka, CDR USN retired

Golden Seal Enterprises, Inc.
230 Aviation Drive
Winchester, VA 22602
Telephone:  (571) 234-3481
E-mail:  
Fax:  (540) 535-2285
Contact Person:  Terri Oguz
Research Specialty:  Military History, Pre-Revolution thru Korean War, Industrial History, Plancor's, Insurance Archeology, Environmental, Genealogical.

Satu Haase-Webb, Independent Historian and Researcher
1334 A Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Telephone:  (202) 257-6915
E-mail:  satuhw@yahoo.com
Contact Person:  Satu Haase-Webb
Research Specialty: All media types-Text records,Still images/Photographs, Video and Audio recordings. Military history (Civil War, WWI, World War II, MilitaryGov/OMGUS, POWs etc.),  Holocaust, captured German records, Nuremberg and other war crimes trials, Diplomatic and intelligence records, (mil Intel/CIC, OSI, SSU, CIA etc.), Cold War African American History (Slavery, Civil Rights), Women, Immigration (19th/20th c.), Art, Social History (19th/20th c. Labor, etc.). On-site, 15+ yrs experience. Ex-gov historian. German speaker (native).

Helen Weiss Productions
Post Office Box 21264
Washington, DC 20009-0764
Telephone:  (202) 255-0380
E-mail:  hwprod2004@aol.com
Contact Person:  Helen Weiss

HistInt Archival Research
16-1070 Miller Road
Bowen Island
BC, Canada VON 1G1
E-mail:  info@histint.org
Contact Person:  Adrian O'Sullivan
Research Specialty:  Intelligence History, Military History, Diplomatic History, Third Reich/Nazi History; all 20th Century!!

Historical Research Associates, Inc.
419 7th St. NW, Suite 403
Washington, D.C. 20004
Telephone:  (202) 557-0222
Fax:  (406) 721-1964
E-mail:  kzahniser@hrassoc.com
Contact Person:  Keith Zahniser
Research Specialty:  All research.

History Associates Incorporated
300 North Stonestreet Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850-1655
Telephone:  (301) 279-9697
Fax:  (301) 279-9224
E-mail:  HAI@historyassociates.com
Contact Person:  Mike Reis

James R. Holbein
6322 Timarron Cove Lane
Burke, VA 22015-4073
Telephone:  (703) 303-4375
Fax:  (703) 426-9011
E-mail:  holbein@cox.net
Contact Person:  James R. Holbein

Homework Assistance
P.O. Box 406 J
Denton, TX 76209
Contact Person: Angela
Research Specialty: We charge by the source/file/record not by the hour! Military records, immigration/emigration, historical documents, diplomatic records, government records, environmental, oral histories, and business records

Dr. Teresa Iacobelli
221 Clermont Ave., Apt. 4
Brooklyn, NY 11205-4010
Telephone:  (347) 277-4376
E-mail:  tiacobelli@gmail.com
Contact Person:  Dr. Teresa Iacobelli
Research Specialty:  Military Records, Diplomatic Records; also experience in Native American Relations Records & Genealogy

Imagefinders, Inc.
6101 Utah Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20015-2461
Telephone:  (202) 244-4456
Fax:  (202) 244-3237
E-mail:  hartjens@erols.com
Contact Person:  Elisabeth M. Hartjens

Jean Israel
5353-3 Smooth Meadow Way
Columbia, MD 21044-1667
Telephone: (410) 884-6894
E-mail: jbw3013@yahoo.com
Contact Person: Jean Israel
Research Specialty:  State department, Diplomatic records, WWII, Korea, Science technology, environment, Congressional Records, Navy, Military.

Orrin Konheim
2771 N Quincy St
Arlington, VA 22207
E-mail:  okonheim@comcast.net
Contact Person:  Orrin Konheim
Research Specialty:  U.S. History, Transportation, State Dept, Film History

Gail Lelyveld
205 C Street NE Apt 1
Washington, DC 20002-5764
Telephone: (202) 579-6466
E-mail:  glelyveld@gmail.com
Contact Person:  Gail Lelyveld
Research Specialty:  Revolutionary War, Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I, World War II Issues, Peace Issues, Native American Issues, Immigration

Rosanna Martinez
P.O.Box 347751
Coral Gables, FL
Telephone:  (305) 389-9134
E-mail:  rosannamartinez@yahoo.com
Contact Person:  Rosanna Martinez
Research Specialty:  General Research. All subjects. Research in Spanish, Russian and English.

Dennis Whitehead/MMImedia
1410 N. Nelson Street
Arlington, VA 22201
Telephone:   (703)524-6814/ 703-587-1551 mobile
Fax:   (703) 524-2634
E-mail:   dennis@mmimedia.com
Contact Person:   Dennis Whitehead

MMJ Research
3200 Garfield Street NW
Washington, DC 20008-3513
Telephone:  (202) 333-4555
Fax:  (202) 333-1059
E-mail:  mmj@erols.com
Contact Person:  Margaret Johnson
Research Specialty:  Still picture research including photographs, cartographic records, microfilm, manuscripts, civilian and military textual records, and Presidential records. 20+ years experience.

Shannon Bridget Murphy
2660 Petersborough Street
Herndon, VA 20171-2443
Telephone:  (703) 864-3099
E-mail:  shannoninpapertrails@yahoo.com
Contact Person:  Shannon Bridget Murphy
Research Specialty:  Asbestos; Captured German Records; Cold War; Congressional Records; Coast Guard, Lighthouse and Customs Records; Diplomatic Records; Family History; Immigration and Naturalization; Intelligence; Labor and Transportation; Military Records - Military searches including lineage and patriotic applications; Native American Relations Records; Navy Records; President Nixon; Science, Technology, Natural Resources and Environmental Records; Audio and Sound Recordings; Motion Pictures and Audio- Silent films; Film and Video; Photo Stills and Video Recordings; Photographs and Pictures

Nichimy Corporation
6215 Greenbelt Road, Suite 201
College Park, MD 20740
Telephone:  (301) 313-0610
Fax:  (301) 313-0611
E-mail:  nichimyusa@nichimy.co.jp
Contact Person:  Yoko Nagasaka Myers
Research Specialty:  WWII Pacific Theater records (text, photographs, motion picture, cartographic) and Allied Occupation of Japan, Koreans in Japan, Okinawa related issues. U.S.-Japan Relations, Japanese migration

Pearl Information Services
110 Park Street
Portland, ME 04101-3825
Telephone:  (207) 775-5889
E-mail:  pearl@maine.rr.com
Contact Person:  JoAn Street

Robert Price, Maritime Research Associates
132 Fog Plain Road
Waterford, CT 06385
Telephone:  (860) 961-0472
E-mail:  rgprice@maritimeresearch.biz
Contact Person:  Bob Price
Research Specialty:  Naval Records, Submarine History, WWII, Military Records, Diplomatic Records, Intelligence Records

Barrett T. Riordan, Ph. D.
6705 Scottswood Street
Alexandria, VA 22315-5554
Telephone:  (703) 313-9294
E-mail:  briordan@cox.net
Contact Person:  Barrett T. Riordan
Research Specialty:  Intelligence and diplomatic history; international relations; Cold War

Steven B. Rogers, Ph.D., Archival Research Consultant
3201 Taylor Street
Mount Rainier, Maryland 20712
Telephone:  (301) 367-3905
E-mail:  derholzer@aol.com
Contact Person:  Steven B. Rogers, Ph.D.
Research Specialty:  U.S. military and captured German records, WWII and Holocaust-related records, Nuremburg and US military tribunal records, looted Nazi gold, Holocaust assets, US agency records turned over under Nazi War Crimes disclosure Act, diplomatic records, OMGUS, DOJ and INS records, Displaced Persons Commisssion, audio/prints/film records. Retired DOJ historian with 30+ years experience researching at NARA. Fluent in German.

Edward A. Singer
7512 Sweetbriar Dr.
College Park, MD 20740
Telephone:  (703) 203-7770
E-mail:  edward.a.singer@gmail.com
Contact Person: Edward Singer
Research Specialty: General Research, All Topics, Find and Make Copies.

Strange Research
PO Box 7165
McLean, VA 22106-7165
Telephone:   (202) 320-2672
E-mail:   strangeresearch@mac.com
Contact Person:   Susan Strange
Research Specialty:   Motion pictures - full time on site research; still photographs and textual records - all subjects.

Sunshine Historical Research
613 Blick Drive
Colesville, MD 20904-2904
Telephone: (240) 595-3681
E-mail: gscmmurphy@verizon.net
Contact Person: Greg Murphy
Research Specialty:  Cold War, Diplomatic Records, Intelligence, Presidential Libraries

T/A East Europe Connection
1711 Corwin Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910-1533
Telephone:  (301) 585-0117
E-mail:  lkrupnak@erols.com
Contact Person:  Laurence Krupnak

Taylor & Hammel LLC - A Litigation and Environmental Research Firm
1240 N. Pitt Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone:  (703) 822-4658
Fax:  (703) 842-8656
E-mail:  johntaylor@taylorhammel.com
Contact Person:  John Taylor - Senior Researcher
Research Specialty:  Environmental and Legal Research; Asbestos; Captured German Records; Cold War; Congressional Records; Court Records; Diplomatic Records; Immigration, Emigration & Naturalization; Labor & Business History; Military Records; Native American Relations Records; Navy Records; President Nixon Records; Science, Technology, Natural Resources and the Environment Records; Audio/Sound Recordings; Cartographic/Architectural/Ships Plans Records; Film & Video Recordings; Photographs and Pictures

Thaxton Green Studios, Inc.
PO Box 360
Millwood VA 22646
Telephone:  (540) 837-9300
E-mail:  david@thaxtongreen.com
Contact Person:  David Thaxton/Kevin Green
Research Specialty:  Motion Pictures, Video and Still Picture research for inclusion into television documentaries, feature films and other media productions. 30 years experience in archive research, consultation and production.Vietnam - Provide unit and 201 File documentation for use in VA claims. College Park NARA, D.C. NARA, St. Louis NARA. Specific - 1st Cav. Division Awards, Orders, unit & individual.

Washington Historical Research
4661 South 34th Street
Arlington, VA 22206-1701
Telephone:  (703) 671-8344
Fax:  (703) 671-8322
E-mail:  WashHistResearch@aol.com
Contact Person:  Margaret Shannon, Senior Research Historian

Westmoreland Research
Post Office Box 320488
Alexandria, VA 22320
Telephone:  (202) 421-5151
Fax:  (703) 768-6609
E-mail:  info@westmorelandresearch.org
Contact Person:  Michael Constandy, Director
Research Specialty: Captured German Records; Diplomatic Research, Intelligence; Military History; Navy Records; Legal Research; Labor and Business History; Asbestos; Court Records; Intelligence; Still Imagery; Aerial Imagery; and Cartography.

Ayumi Yamada
6000 California Circle, Apt 307
Rockville, MD 20852
E-mail:  ayumiyamada@hotmail.com
Contact Person:  Ayumi Yamada
Research Specialty:  OSS; State Department Records; U.S. Army World War II, Occupation of Japan; Japanese language documents

Joan Yoshiwara
1844 Mintwood Place NW
Washington, DC 20009-1908
Telephone:  (202) 332-1000
Fax:  (202) 462-6266
E-mail:  joanyosh@juno.com
Contact Person:  Joan Yoshiwara


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