What we Do
"Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors." — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Namesake Genealogy is a New England-based genealogy service that specializes in forensic genealogy and family history research. With more than 25 years of experience, we believe in providing quality service for every project.
Simply put, genealogy is the study of a person’s ancestry. Most families have stories of the daily struggles or life-changing triumphs of the people in their past. With each new generation, new stories are added and some fade from memory, becoming forgotten in the passage of time. Well-executed research can help uncover these lost stories. Whether findings confirm what we already know or surprise us with unimagined relationships, genealogy helps us forge a personal connection to our ancestors and the world they lived in.
Beyond building family trees and pedigrees, genealogy is used to reunite adoptees with birth families, track genetic illnesses across generations, and help solve criminal cold cases. Genealogy can find missing heirs, uncover the occupant history of antique homes, and assist in the repatriation of fallen soldiers.
Whether you need help breaking through "brick walls" or you’re just getting started, Namesake Genealogy provides professional, customized research to help you reach back in time.
Namesake Genealogy works with law firms, insurance companies, and other professional institutions to reconstruct families for probate and real estate cases.
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Angela Harris grew up in one of the most historically significant towns in the United States – Plymouth, Massachusetts – surrounded by friends and neighbors who still bore the surnames of their Pilgrim forefathers. Additionally, as the granddaughter of immigrants who loved to tell stories about the Old Country, it’s no surprise that genealogy became her passion and, ultimately, her profession.
Angela has over 25 years of research experience and has used her expertise to solve genealogical mysteries in a variety of cases from the United States, Ireland, Italy, and Canada. Among her successes have been locating the living next-of-kin of deceased individuals, reuniting estranged and adoptive families, and assisting clients on the path to US-Italian dual citizenship. Angela is a member of the Association for Professional Genealogists and upholds the APG Code of Ethics and Professional Practices and The BCG Genealogist's Code of Ethics.
Angela's education includes:
National Institute for Genealogical Studies (Toronto, Canada), Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies (PLCGS), 2017
Professional Genealogy (ProGen) Study Group 39, 2019
Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, Fundamentals of Forensic Genealogy, 2019
Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, Beyond Fundamentals: Hands-on Forensic Genealogy, 2021
Applied Genealogy Institute, Applied Genetic Genealogy, 2022
Various workshops & lectures while attending the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium (2017, 2019), RootsTech Connect (2021, 2022, 2023), and others.