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Researchers Specializing in Captured German Records *

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.

AAA Research
21515 Manor View Circle
Germantown, MD 20876
Telephone:  (301) 922-9610
E-mail:  contact@naraexpert.com
Contact Person:  Dirk Burgdorf
Research Specialty:  Captured German Records, SS, Wehrmacht/Heer, NSDAP (Nazi), Personnel Records, etc. Aerial Photographs, Foreign Military Studies, German Technical Manuals and others. 30+ years of historical research experience, complete fluency in German, partnered with Russian specialists. First hand experience from personal visits to battlefields on both the Eastern and Western Fronts.

AAA Document Research and Retrieval Service-a subsidiary of Data Reign Paralegal Services
P.O. Box 1347
Euless, Texas 76039-1347
Telephone: (866) 633-8723
Fax: (972) 546-0552
E-mail: info@datareign.com
Contact Person: Jim Barber

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 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 and Public Domain Research
(of Meadow Tree Films/Meadow Tree Press)
4224 Military Rd. NW
Washington, DC 20015
Telephone:  (cell phone): (978) 835-0440
E-mail:  meadowtrees@yahoo.com
Contact Person:  Mary Jane Williams
Research Specialty:  Videos, films, audio and photos for documentaries, period films and books. Specialties: American history, Europe. (Know French, German, some Italian.) Art, literature, politics, animals, architecture, energy, the environment, captured German records.

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

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.

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
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.

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.

John P. Elliott
5108 Magnum Road
College Park, MD 20740-1510
Telephone: (301) 792-9673
Fax: (408)-228-0658
E-mail: johnatarchives@yahoo.com
Contact Person: John P. Elliott

Gerald Alan Warren
127 Shepley Drive, #3
St. Louis, MO 63137
Telephone:  (314) 591-3213
Fax:  (314) 388-0751
E-mail:  galan.warren@att.net
Contact Person:  Gerald A. Warren
Research Specialty:  Researched and copied over 5,520 Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard records while working as a Human Resources Asst. for the US Navy, between 2009-2011, at the National Archives and Records Administration in St. Louis, MO.

Gina McNeely Picture Research
21470 Basil Court
Broadlands, VA 20148-3611
Telephone:  (703) 723-6770
E-mail:  gina.mcneely@comcast.net
Contact Person:  Gina McNeely
Research Specialty:  Military history, aviation, still photographs, motion pictures, arms and armament.

Global Research Associates
29628 Tee Shot Drive
San Antonio, Florida 33576-4658
Telephone:  (352) 457-5018
E-mail:  d.mounts@getglobalresearch.com
Contact Person:  Donald Mounts
Research Specialty:  Military Genealogy including DD214, Awards, Medals, Deployment Assignments, Europe and Pacific Tracking, including all German and Japanese Records that are available. Military records, US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, US Marine Corps, US Coast Guard. POW-MIA Records, Captured German Records, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Atomic Veteran Certification Assistance. We also research German military records at the Bundesarchiv in Germany.

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).

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 Perspectives, Inc.
P.O. Box 529
Westport, CT 06881
Telephone:  (203) 226-7654
Fax:  (203) 226-8376
E-mail:  hpi@historicalperspectives.org
Contact Person:  Cece Saunders
Research Specialty:  New York City and archival research specialists! Local to the area, Historical Perspectives' trained historians will research any type of genealogy and family history records, maps, drawings, photographs, cemetery records (we can also do cemetery site visits), or anything else you require. We also work extensively at the NYC Municipal Archives, the NY Public Library, the NY Historical Society, the NYC Deeds offices, and numerous other New York, connecticut, and New Jersey repositories.

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.

Dr. Frank Grelka, HRA Berlin
Leipzigerstr. 164
Frankfurt, Germany
Telephone:   0049/1635910985
E-mail:   fgrelka@histreassistance.com
Contact Person:   Dr. Frank Grelka
Research Specialty:   European History, General Genealogy, War crimes & Holocaust, POW, Jewish history in Eastern Europe, History of Poland, Belarus and Ukraine, Research for film production, Translation service from German, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian to the English

Matthew C. Hogan
P.O. Box 643
Burtonsville, MD 20866
Telephone: (301) 922-9065
Fax: (301) 890-0688
E-mail: hoganresearch@gmail.com
Contact Person: Matthew Hogan
Research Specialty: African American History, Asbestos, Court Records; Coast Guard/Lighthouse; Immigration; Military Records; Science/Technology; Diplomatic Records; Captured German Records; Census; Cold War records; Congressional Records; Genealogy and Family History Records; Intelligence records; Native American Relations Records; Navy Records; President Nixon records; Still Photos; Audio-Visual.

Jolanta Kraemer
1629 Columbia Road NW, Apt. 228
Washington,D.C. 20009
E-mail:  jola055@hotmail.com
Contact Person:  Jolanta Kraemer
Research Specialty:  WWII and Holocaust-related records, research in Poland.

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
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.

Militaria Research Services
205 San Juan Court
Williamstown, NJ 08094-3021
Telephone: (856) 875-6114 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, EST)
E-mail: rmcdivittjr@yahoo.com
Contact Person: Robert E. McDivitt, MLS
Research Specialties: Captured German Records (SS, SA and NSKK personnel files, RuSHA files, NSDAP members including Austrians). Military Records(German Army Officer personnel files). Maintaining databases concerning recipients of the NSDAP Goldene Ehrenzeichen (Golden Party Badge), the Blutorden(Blood Order) and SS-Ausweis (SS identity) numbers. Research not limited to Third Reich subjects.

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 Specialties:Holocaust era Records, art provenance and claims records.

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.

Stenger Historica
9506 Dabney Court
Fredericksburg, VA 22408-7744
Telephone:   (540) 834-0684
E-mail:   stengerhistorica@gmail.com
Contact Person:   Dieter Stenger
Research Specialty:   Captured German records including SS, SA, NSKK, RUSNA and NSDAP files, all personnel records for officers and enlisted, and all combat formations/unit records of the army and SS, and all records of the SS. Fluent in German. Translation Services Available.

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.

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.

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.

Touchstone Research Group, LLC
244 5th Avenue, Suite 2571
New York, NY 10001-7604
Telephone:  (800) 283-3214
Fax:  (646) 530-8701
E-mail:  info@touchstoneresearchgroup.com
Contact Person:  William Hammond, Director
Research Specialty:  Touchstone is one of the largest research firms for military records at NPRC. Our on-site researchers have successfully retrieved thousands of veterans' records from that facility and retrieves more records for veterans per week than any other firm. DD214s, OMPF, 201 Files, Military Medical Records. Bonded and insured services to acquire your military service records with offices in St. Louis MO, Denver CO, Millington TN, Quantico VA, Kansas City MO, and researchers at other military records repositories nationwide.

Juli Turano
6910 S Bannock Street 3
Littleton, CO 80120-3866
Telephone: (303) 794-3557
E-mail: turanojuli@aol.com
Contact Person: Juli Turano

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.


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