ABOUT

Most people want to learn about their family history but don't have the time or know where to begin. Ricki Sue King has the training, does the research, and provides you with a written report of her findings. She began Roots To Branches Genealogy, LLC to help others find their family history. She believes everyone has a story to tell, and it is her job to find it.

 

In 2018, Ricki was instrumental in changing when Iowa allowed access to death certificates and fetal death records. She started requesting the state legislature change the law in 2016. Because of her follow-through, the law was changed to open fetal death records to the public after 50 years, where before, there was no date allowing them to be opened. Everyone can now access all death records after an individual has been deceased for at least 50 years.

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Most people want to learn about their family history but don't have the time or know where to begin. Ricki King has the training, does the research, and provides you with a written report of her findings. She began Roots To Branches Genealogy, LLC to help others find their family history. I believe everyone has a story to tell, and it is my job to find it.

 

In 2018, Ricki was instrumental in changing when Iowa allowed access to death certificates and fetal death records. She started requesting the state legislature change the law in 2016. Because of her follow-through, the law was changed to open fetal death records to the public after 50 years, where before, there was no date allowing them to be opened. Everyone can now access all death records after an individual has been deceased for at least 50 years.

 

Ricki serves as a member of the Iowa Historical Foundation board and is a private investigator.

 

Ricki is a genealogist whose family comes from Iowa and Missouri and focuses on Midwest research. She has been doing family history research since 2003. As Ricki retired from John Deere Financial, she decided to become a professional genealogist and an entrepreneur by starting Roots to Branches Genealogy, LLC. in 2018.

 

 

Online Interviews

"Ricki King, Genealogy Business Owner," Host: Coffee with Cleo part 1 with Cleo Franklin, Dec 2020.          

"Ricki King, Genealogy Business Owner," Host: Coffee with Cleo part 2 with Cleo Franklin, Dec 2020.          

"The Business of Genealogy with Ricki King," Host: Insight on Business with Michael Libbie, July 2020.

              

Media Appearances

"Dead Files," Travel Channel TV, Genealogist, 2020.

Published Articles

King, Ricki. "A Father's [Lynching? Murder?] Provides A Possible Motive for an African American Woman's use of Multiple Maiden Names." National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Volume 109, No. 1, (March 2021): 29-44.

King, Ricki. "Women and the 1925 Iowa State Census," WOW Women of Worth April-May 2020.

King, Ricki. "Women of Three Generations," page 24-25 and page 26, The Urban Experience October 2018.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, History, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, 2005.

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, 2005.

Boston University, Center for Professional Education: Genealogical Research Certificate, 2015.

ProGen Study Program, 2016-2017

Continuing Education

Beyond Fundamentals: Hands-on Forensic Genealogy, Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, 2021.

Fundamentals of Forensic Genealogy, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Academy for Professionals, 2021

African-Native American Genealogy, Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI), 2020.

Researching African American Ancestors: Government Documents and Advanced Tools,

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Conference (AAHGS), 2020.

Researching African American Ancestors: Government Documents and Advanced Tools, Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), 2020.

Preserve Iowa Summit, 2020.

PI Education, 2020.

Association of Professional Genealogists: Professional Management Conference, 2018.

Iowa Genealogical Society Conference, 2003-2019.

Federation of Genealogical Society Conference, 2015.

National Genealogical Society Conference, 2031, 2020.

Professional Memberships/Affiliations

*Albemarle Charlottesville (Virginia) Historical Society

*Association of Professional Genealogists,

Chapters Heartland and Northland

*Fort Des Moines Museum and Education Center, Past Board Secretary.

*Iowa Civil War 150th Celebration, Advisory Committee.

*Iowa Genealogical Society

*Iowa Historical Foundation Board

*National Genealogical Society

*Private Investigative Agency; Ricki King, Private investigator

*State Historical Society of Iowa

*State Historical Society of Missouri

*Targeted Small Business, Iowa Economic Development Authority. ​

 

 

 

Ricki King adheres to the Association of Professional Genealogists Code of Ethnics and the Board of Certification of Genealogists Genealogy Standards

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