A human being isn’t an individual phenomenon but the latest installment of a long, long story – the story that makes us who we are, that reveals so much about what we can become, and enables us to pass this treasure to our children and their children.
"It’ll change everything you thought you knew about yourself."
"Nothing changes, yet everything changes."
"It was life-changing. That may sound dramatic, but it was. A shift in consciousness."
"The U.S. as a nation really needs Genealogica."
"You truly excavate the very essence of a family!"
"You won't just discover your past for the first time - you’ll give your whole existence new context and meaning."
For the first time – and not just for celebrities – the team behind the critically acclaimed television series Who Do You Think You Are? researches your family history. Through traditional and on-the-ground research, we unearth the hard-to-find documents and records that give you an introductory look at your family’s history. We share the results of our findings on your private Family Website or within your uniquely published Family Handbook.
If you wish to exhaustively explore your family history, and experience your ancestors first-hand, please call us directly to discuss a wholly bespoke and immersive experience.
We begin with a quick phone call or meeting with you and, should you wish, your family, to develop a sense of what you know, what you don’t know, what you’d like to discover, and who in your family might hold key records, photographs, and documentation.
After the initial conversation, we begin research in earnest and require no further interaction with you or your family. Families, however, often have their own self-styled family historian who can be incredibly helpful to us and with whom we are delighted to collaborate. We pay special attention to the documentation and records that best highlight not only where your ancestors were from, but who they really were. Once research is complete, we prepare and deliver your family history according to your wishes.
At the heart of Genealogica is the world’s best family history research and story-telling team. Over the past five years – working with high-profile individuals such as Cindy Crawford, Lionel Richie, Rob Lowe, Vanessa Williams, Kim Cattrall, Martin Sheen and Gwyneth Paltrow – we produced 35 episodes of the critically acclaimed, Emmy-nominated series Who Do You Think You Are?
After undertaking extensive research into their family histories, we took participants on tailor-made explorations of their roots – visiting countries as diverse as Benin, Germany, Barbados, Italy, Latvia, England, Cameroon, Bulgaria and the USA – and we provided them with educational and emotional insights into their own ancestries. With a clearer understanding of the past, it helped many of them to make sense of the present and to prepare for their own and their families’ futures.
Chief Executive Officer
Al has received an Emmy award for his work in television and an Emmy nomination for his role as Executive Producer of Who Do You Think You Are? An Englishman with ancestral roots stretching back to medieval aristocracy, Al understands the reassurance that comes when a family knows its history. As CEO, Al ensures that your journey is not only a one-of-a-kind experience, but also transformative for you and your family.
Chief Operating Officer
Lisa graduated with a BA in Psychology and brings an intelligent and creative perspective to every project she undertakes. After 15 years in the television industry, Lisa earned an Emmy nomination for her work on Who Do You Think You Are? and now brings the same visionary direction to Genealogica. As COO, Lisa oversees the realization of your personalized journey and specializes in blending your physical exploration with your family’s compelling story.
Senior Vice President
Alexandra graduated magna cum laude from USC and is an expert in genealogical research worldwide. She is undaunted by the challenges inherent in investigating family histories, such as lost ancestors, ethnic and religious complexities, and complicated document trails. Allie supervises the research – aided by her close relationships with leading historians and archivists around the world – and crafts the narrative of your family’s past before guiding you on your tailor-made tour.
Senior Vice President
Mellissa earned a Ph.D. in history from UCLA, studied all over the world and completed a Fulbright scholarship on 19th and 20th century colonial history. Mellissa works closely with you to establish what you know about your ancestry before diving in to research your heritage. An experienced traveller and professional historian, she accompanies you on your journey and liaises with local experts to provide a gripping ancestral tour for you and your family.
James was awarded a First Class Honors degree in Law and practiced as an attorney in England. In 1999, he set up his own company to handle the dreams and desires of a global list of ultra high net worth individuals. He specializes in creating incredible experiences and has a reputation for finding innovative solutions to seemingly impossible requests.