Most people want to learn about their family history but don’t have the time or know where to begin. Roots to Branches Genealogy has the training, does the research, and provides you with a written report of our findings.

In 2018 Ricki Sue King was instrumental in changing when death certificates and fetal death records could be accessed in Iowa. She requested 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. She also was able to change the access on all death records from 75 years to the current 50 years.

Ricki King is a professional genealogist, an Iowa, a Midwest researcher, and founder of Roots To Branches Genealogy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Drake University, a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University’s Center for Professional Education, and holds a Certificate of Completion in the ProGen Study Program.

Ricki believes governor correspondence and funeral cards/programs are an overlooked resource of genealogical information. She 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. She is working on indexing criminal and pardon records from Iowa’s governor correspondence collection at the State Historical Society of Iowa.


She 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 focuses on Iowa and Midwest research. As the owner of Roots To Branches Genealogy, she provides research and consultations big or small along with planning and organization.



Genealogy Continuing Education

  • 2021 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Academy for Professionals, Virtual
  • 2020 National Genealogical Society Conference, Virtual
  • 2020 Midwest African American Genealogy Institute, Virtual
  • 2020 Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Conference, Virtual
  • 2020 Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Virtual
  • 2020 Preserve Iowa Summit, Virtual
  • 2018 Association of Professional Genealogist: Professional Management Conference
  • 2017 Professional Genealogy (ProGen) Study Program

  • 2017-2003 Iowa Genealogical Society Conference in Des Moines, IA

  • 2015 Federation of Genealogical Society Conference in St Charles, MO

  • 2013 National Genealogical Society Conference in Fort Wayne, IN

Professional Affiliations
  • Association of Professional Genealogists Member

  • National Genealogical Society Member

  • Iowa Genealogical Society Member

  • State Historical Society of Iowa

  • Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc.

  • Utah Genealogical Association

  • Fort Des Moines Museum and Education Center

    • Past Board Secretary

  • Iowa Civil War 150th Celebration

    • Advisory Committee

  • Certification as a Targeted Small Business with the 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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