Meet the Founder & Principal Researcher
I am a professional historical and genealogical researcher, writer, and lecturer. My genealogical passion began with researching my own family more than forty years ago. Since the late ’80s, I have been professionally researching for clients, undertaking a variety of research projects. My research has included “brick wall” research for solving complex family history problems, multilayered lineage research to reinforce and extend family trees, lineage society research and applications, Native American research, LDS pioneer research, artifact research for dealers and individual collectors, and historical research for authors, historians, and professors.
I have extensive experience researching and analyzing federal, state, and local record types including military service and pension, census schedules, land, naturalization, wills and probate, cemetery, city directories, tax lists, newspapers, courthouses, immigration, church, and others. I also have extensive experience researching in all types of repositories and archives including major library and manuscript collections, courthouses, and other national, state, local, and privately owned archives. Previously, I volunteered at the Hulston Research Library at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield in Missouri as a librarian and archivist and served as a volunteer patron librarian and supervisor at a regional Family History Center in Boise, Idaho.
Trained professionally as a research scientist and project manager in the areas of nanotechnology and semiconductors, I am acutely aware of the need to be critical in research details, methodologies, and source documentation. I feel this is evident in my research and lectures, passionately communicating my genealogical experience and knowledge to my clients and audiences.
I provide my clients with a high level of competence and ethics, supplying my service first in the public interest, and conforming to basic genealogical conventions. Observance to peer-enforced codes and standards is fundamental to me. As I interact with the public, my level of commitment and expertise as a professional genealogist is evident.
“… I wanted to take this opportunity to express my completed satisfaction with the work you did for me, researching the lives of Colonel William Bishop, commander of the Black Hawk Cavalry, and his wife Mary Lapsley Bishop. The thoroughness of your report, the depth of the sources you consulted, and your creativity in pursuing paths of research were highly impressive. I have never employed a genealogist before, but I must say that your work sets a standard that your peers will be challenged to meet. I particularly appreciate your initial consultation, in which you explained your procedure, and your final report, which was both oral and written, which clearly explained all of the documentary evidence you discovered. I will take pleasure in recommending your services to my colleagues and friends…”
“I highly recommend Mr. Stephen J. Buffat, A Professional Historical Genealogists, for any genealogical and ancestral research. Mr. Buffat worked with my brother and me in researching proof for three challenging generations documenting our bloodline descent to William Bradford of the Mayflower. Mr. Buffat produced a convincing, thorough, and professionally written documented report that included both direct and indirect evidence of a valid link between each generation. This forty-page report included a cover sheet outlining the goals of the project, a section summarizing the evidence, a detailed section recording and explaining his research and findings, and finally a list of attached resource records. Several of these records included Marriage, Birth, and Death Certificates, Federal Census Records, Land Patents, City Directories, and Draft Registration Cards. Not only was Mr. Buffat’s fee reasonable but he also dialogued with me throughout the project keeping me abreast and answering my questions. Working with Mr. Stephen J. Buffat was a pleasure and quite rewarding”
“At this time, I would like to give an unqualified recommendation for Stephen Buffat for his genealogical research services. Stephen has researched the origins of my paternal great grandfather and has established his residence history and his military service in the Civil War. He has pursued leads several times removed which have proven very productive. His skill in his scientific research background seems to carry over into the elusive intricacies of piecemealing together the details of a family lineage. I could not begin to do what he has done and I appreciate his service.”
“Just a note to thank you for the work you completed converting Civil War Diary microfilm to readable script. Also, the federal documents that you found have been most interesting and will be most helpful in my project. Thanks again for the professional manner in which you completed my project.”
“Thank you for your help. My sister and I appreciate the excellent work and professionalism. I will be happy to recommend you and will keep you in mind for future help if we take on any more projects.”
“I want to tell you how very pleased I am with the extensive research you did on the Quantrill Letter Archive I submitted to you. You certainly did the job right, going beyond the call of duty, as they say, to include all the information you found, including pictures that were very useful to me. When I need a research project done on my material, I will be sure to call on you. Thanks again for a job well done, and if you need a reference, don’t hesitate to use my name.”