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.


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 King is a professional genealogist, an Iowa, a Midwest researcher, and founder of Roots To Branches Genealogy. She believes governor correspondence and funeral cards/programs are an overlooked resource of genealogical information. Ricki has a collection of African-American funeral programs and obituaries from her former business In Living Memory which is now a part of Roots To Branches Genealogy.


Ricki enjoys learning about her family as well as helping others embark on a journey to their family's past. History has been a passion of hers since she was a child. She started her genealogy passion as a child when she would listen to her maternal grandmother tell family stories and asking questions about the people she was hearing about. However, Ricki started researching her family in 2001. Ricki grew up in Burlington, Iowa, and Des Moines, Iowa with many summer visits to grandparents and family in Centerville, Davenport, and Muscatine, Iowa.


The family surnames Ricki is researching are Brisco(e), Crittenden, Davis, Gaskin(s), Givens, Jones, Kimbrough, Kinney, King, Lane, Mack, Madison, and Wesley.


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. "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.


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

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

Continuing Education

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

ProGen Study Program, 2016-2017

Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI), 2020.

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

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

Private Investigative Agency; Ricki King, Private investigator

Iowa Historical Foundation Board, Member.

Association of Professional Genealogists, Member.

National Genealogical Society, Member.

Iowa Genealogical Society, Member.

State Historical Society of Iowa, Member.

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc., Member.

Albemarle Charlottesville (Virginia) Historical Society, Member.

Utah Genealogical Association, Member.

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

Iowa Civil War 150th Celebration, Advisory Committee.

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

Genealogical or historical research projects large or small.

Consultant for brick wall, planning, organization, and resident house history.

Private investigator for the living and the dead.



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