Barbara McTygue Scanlon is the Genealogy Specialist at the Kansas City Irish Center. Her work in genealogy started at age 12 with an interview with her grandfather in his living room in Eddyville, Nebraska.  Barbara’s father was 100% Irish with Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic ancestors.  Her mother has three Irish lines: Roman Catholic, Irish Quaker, and Scots-Irish Presbyterian. With Barbara’s Irish heritage and her husband Ed’s Irish roots, Irish genealogy and history grew into a labor of love.


Anne Hawkins, historian and educator, loves teaching and bringing history to life.  She is the founder of History Hooray!, an educational program of hands-on experimental classes in U.S. history, world history, and historical detection for home-educated students, ages 5 to 18, across northeast Kansas.  She also teaches U.S. history at Washburn University.  She earned her Masters degree in history from the University of Kansas and served several years as state co-coordinator of the National History Day program in Kansas.  In 2012 she received the Teacher of the Year award from the Kansas History Day Foundation.  Mrs. Hawkins is a member of the Kansas Alliance of Professional Historical Performers and she currently serves as an historical consultant and scholar for the Kansas Humanities Council.


Antonio Delgado is a historian and expert on U.S. immigration policy.  He has taught classes on immigration, Latin American studies, and urban policy at the University of Illinois in Chicago and served in the Chicago mayor’s office on community planning issues.


Kathleen Brandt, with over fifteen years of experience in International genealogical research, has experience in document retrieval and research, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) document analysis, as well as family history and lineage research. She specializes 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, she currently does genealogy research and consultation full-time. Kathleen is also the founder of a3Genealogy, historical and genealogical research specialists, based in Kansas City, Missouri.


Lin Fredericksen is head of the reference staff at the Kansas State Archives in Topeka, Kansas and, in that capacity, frequently helps researchers navigate the more than 3000 boxes of historic business records in the AT&SF collection.


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