Our company was founded on the belief that people’s lives will be enriched by learning about their past, and that justice will be served by accurately identifying all persons who come to the attention of law enforcement, whether as perpetrator, victim or person unknown.   When you work with us, we are dedicated to supporting your search to the level you desire to fill your goals. 

We have helped hundreds of clients answer questions. Here are some of the most common questions you might want to ask before you hire us.

How are you different?

Our team of genealogists have years of experience building out multiple generations in family trees with clients looking for unknown biological family members and law enforcement officers attempting to close cases.  When records can’t be found, results must rely solely on DNA testing. Additionally, establishing solid provenance requires an autosomal DNA test to supplement findings from traditional genealogy. 

Where will you build our family Tree?

Working from our own Ancestry.com account, we create a private tree for your family. Our  World Access account level to Ancestry.com gives you the deepest dive, yet you remain the owner of everything we find.  Once our work engagement concludes, you have a choice of formats for downloading you own tree.

who does your DNA lab work?

For law enforcement officers: When your case involves the transferring forensic DNA evidence from a crime scene into autosomal DNA test results, you will work with our trusted partner, DNA Solutions.

Families and adoptees: We use your autosomal DNA tests from companies like AncestryDNA, 23andMe or Family Tree DNA.

What is traditional search and how do you do it?

Traditional genealogical research, also known as a family history, is the study of families and the tracing of their lineages and history. Genealogists use oral interviews, historical records, and other records to obtain information about a family and to demonstrate kinship and pedigree of family members discovered through research. The results are often displayed in charts or written as narratives.

We build out a family tree that can either reside on Ancestry.com or be coded for import into a low or no cost family tree hosted software or services.

“What is Genetic Genealogy?”

Genetic genealogy is the use of DNA testing in combination with traditional genealogical methods to infer relationships between individuals and living relatives who have taken the same test from the same company. Genetic genealogy involves the use of genealogical DNA testing to determine the level and type of the familial distance is most likely to exist based upon the shared cM (Centimorgan) of DNA between our client (DNA material) and their cousins; that appear in their results. Even though an estimate is given in the results, the shared cM are typically closer than the inferred familial estimate from the DNA testing company.



Joel Chambers - is an adoptee who found all his biological family over the course of a year and has repeated that search hundreds of more times for other’s in search of their roots.

He has over a decade of experience working with those affected by the separation from their families of birth through adoption. He founded a nonprofit that has helped thousands of adoptees to reunite with their missing links to the past.

He does his best to assist others on their genealogy efforts and is very well acquainted in using multiple DNA test results companies to reverse engineer unknown identities, as well as, building family trees substantiated with good documentation.


Dwight Brooks - spent years researching his own family. Over time he developed a keen interest in helping others on their search for missing information regarding their relatives.

He has become adept at researching on genealogy sites like Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org; using all the DNA matching sites including GEDmatch, FTDNA, and 23andMe; and finding scanned vital records from both domestic and international sites.

Dwight is also the president of his own product design firm. Part of creating new products involves hours of internet research to solve technical challenges.  This problem solving skill is much like the techniques he uses to solve complex family searches.

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