About Me

I spent over twenty years of my professional life working in defense and national security. I have been fortunate enough to speak to audiences around the world from Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Germany, Romania and Scotland to Kansas City, Washington, DC, and Montgomery, AL.   

I founded MLSK Associates in 2007 and worked as a consultant for defense companies and small business start-ups. While that business was interesting and filled with challenges, I kept coming back to historical research and genealogy.  In 2014 I decided to devote my full attention to this field and re-brand my company as Roma Mary Grace Historical Research Services. In 2018 I had the honor to speak on the centenary of the Spanish Influenza Pandemic at the National World War One Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri. Also, I had the pleasure of conducting research for the TLC television show Who Do You Think You Are? for an episode that aired in December 2018.  In 2019 I again was asked to conduct research for Who Do You Think You Are?, lectured at 4 different conferences/events and worked on a record number of historic preservation projects, many of which are highlighted on the historic preservation and portfolio pages.

Since 2014 I have been writing, speaking and researching diverse topics related to genealogy and history. Well, mostly genealogy of a different sort – that which is related to property. Buildings have genealogy too! I have assisted clients by conducting house / building / property research resulting in over thirty properties being listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places.

I am an alumnus of the prestigious Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program in Germany during which I conducted extensive genealogical research. I have a Master of Science degree from Missouri State University and Bachelor of Arts degrees in German and Political Science, with an emphasis on history from the University of Missouri.

I have lived in five states and one foreign country. I have called Alabama home for more than a decade, meeting some amazing people and discovered some remarkable stories along the way. It is hard not to think that my past led me here.

My extensive professional background coupled with over 30 years of genealogical research provides the foundation for my expertise in the culture, history and ethnicity of the American Midwest and Southeast as well as those who migrated from New England and Europe often for reasons of cultural strife, war and lack of opportunity. Below are a few more details about my professional experience.

Professional development (recent)

  • National Genealogical Society Conference, St. Charles, MO (2019)
  • Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Military Records III: Post-Civil War (2016)
  • National Genealogical Society Conference, St. Charles, MO (2015)
  • Annual Missouri State Genealogical Conference (2014-2019)

Affiliations and memberships

  • Member, Association of Professional Genealogists
  • Member, Geneabloggers Tribe
  • Member, Genealogical Speakers Guild
  • Member, National Genealogical Society
  • Board Member, Missouri State Genealogical Association

My specialties and interests

  • Historic context for family history
  • National historic register nominations
  • Building history
  • Resilience
  • Disaster / disease history

Recent Publications

  • “A Genealogist’s Guide to Sanborn Maps.” AGS Magazine 51. No. 2, Fall/Winter 2019.
  • “Lewis Arthur Mothersbaugh ‘Uncle Bud’ (1875-1941).”  MoSGA Journal 39. No. 2. 2019.
  • “Roma Clara Josephine Rasa Siegel…A Rebel in Her Own Time.” Florence, MO: Celebrating 185 Years, September 2017.
  • “How We Are All Related: Tieman, Siegel, Schupp, Schroeder, Rasa, Rehmer, Munsterman, Koch and Casdorph.” Florence, MO: Celebrating 185 Years, September 2017.
  • “Lewis Arthur Mothersbaugh ‘Uncle Bud’ (1875-1941).” Florence, MO: Celebrating 185 Years, September 2017.
  • “Portrait of Four Families, Three Generations and Three ‘Strangers.’” MoSGA Journal 36, No. 4 (2016) 22-24.
  • “Resilience to WMD: Communication and Active Participation Are Key,” in Handbook of Emergency Response: Human Factors and Systems Engineering Approach, ed. A. Badiru and L. Racz. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2013, 339-357.
  • "Lessons from Japan: Resilience after Tokyo and Fukushima." Journal of Strategic Security 6, No. 2 (2013): 70-79.