Expert Kinship Research. Professional Reports. Trusted Results.


How North Coast Genealogy Can Help You

Forensic & Legal Genealogy

Estate & Title Research

Your work can be interrupted by family unknowns.

My research helps settle estates, determine intestate succession, identify potential beneficiaries, and clear chain of title. I can trace an entire family over generations or locate a single beneficiary.


Using a breakthrough suite of skills, resources, and technology, you can be confident in the accuracy of my reports and affidavits.

Personal & Family Genealogy

Discover Your Family's Past

Our family roots keep us grounded.

Sometimes though, those roots are obscured

by change, time, and mystery.

As a professional researcher, I have the experience and resources unavailable to the average family historian. Breakthroughs in DNA analysis combined with newly available records can help resolve family questions.

Clients Say:

“This information is wonderful and extremely helpful.  I cannot thank you enough for your excellent and thorough work.” 

         Assistant Vice President, Fiduciary Advisor, Ohio/Pennsylvania Bank

“I certainly appreciate your assistance and you are doing a terrific job tracking down this seemingly lost family.  Thank you again.”

       Cleveland, Ohio Probate Attorney


An experienced forensic genealogist, Katharine O'Connell assists estate attorneys, fiduciary analysts and title companies in kinship research. She has successfully resolved over 100 probate cases, in locations throughout the United States and internationally. Her doctoral degree and specialized training in genealogy foster discipline, innovative creativity and intensive research skills that she applies on behalf of her clients. Her tenacity helps her track down documents and work with courthouses and government agencies to prove family lines of inheritance.


Katharine is a professional affiliate member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, and performs pro bono research for Legal Aid of Cleveland. 

She is a member of the Ohio Medical Reserve Corps as a contact tracer, a member of the National Genealogical Society, and the editor of the Eastern Cuyahoga County Genealogical Society quarterly newsletter.


(216) 212-6564


(216) 212-6564

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