MBK CONSULTING offers a variety of services –  Training, Consulting, and  Research  – for libraries, archives, historical societies and other organizations.

Research Services

We provide a wide-variety of research services for our clients with an emphasis on historical and legal research, heir searching, land research, and genealogy. We routinely work with public records, land records, vital (birth, death, marriage, wills & estate) records, government documents, and historical materials of all types. How can we help you?

Our Consulting and Research services are provided on a case by case basis. Explore the consulting section and select the service that’s right for you.

Dealing with a Disaster?

We provide assistance, advice, and recommendations for responding to, preparing for, and dealing with disasters. Check out our consulting page under disasters

Workshops & Courses

Workshops are one day, 5 to 6 hour- long, hands-on programs designed for libraries, archives, historical societies and other organizations. Shorter lectures and programs are available upon request.

KSU Courses & Workshops are  offered at the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science and are two days in length.  For the most part, these workshops are more in-depth  and are designed for Graduate Level Continuing Education.

Public Lectures – on occasion, MBK Consulting presents public lectures.  The link will take you those about Digital Projects & Editing Historical Documents. Ask about other topics.

For a list of Available Workshops – click here.

All workshops are provided by Miriam Kahn, MLS, PhD of MBK Consulting.  Workshops are modified to meet the needs of attendees & the mission of the organization.  Need a different topic?  Ask about customized workshop development.


We provide assistance with Disaster Response and Recovery as well as planning.  An description of our services is available here.    Information about Disaster Response, cleaning books, etc will be found on the pages of our Disaster Response Workshop

Do you have questions about your genealogy and local history collection such as, how to organize it, what else to acquire, and how to use print and online indices? We’d be happy to provide recommendations and training for your staff and your patrons.


The materials, bibliographies and lists of websites  were created for use during our workshops.  As such, we invite you to link to our website and use these materials in your libraries and archives.  You are welcome to reproduce the bibliographies and website lists as long as you keep our contact information on the copies.

We retain the copyright on our syllabi and course / workshop descriptions.  All else we freely give into the public domain.