Expert Kinship Research. Professional Reports. Trusted Results.

Areas of Expertise

How North Coast Genealogy Can Help You


Forensic & Legal Genealogy

Estate & Title Research

Your work can be interrupted by family unknowns.
I assist in any area where there are kinship questions:

  • Estate Settlement: locate missing, unknown heirs, assist with multi-state searches where Laws of Descent and Distribution come into play, locate kin for notification in probate cases.

  • Real Estate:  locate people to quiet titles, trace owners of mineral rights and find owners of abandoned or seized property.

  • DNA:  trace unknown parentage to resolve questions

  • Identify, locate or notify potential guardians for a child or an impaired adult.


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.

  • I am familiar with archives, libraries and other institutions that can bring family history to light.

  • 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

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An experienced forensic genealogist, Dr. Katharine O'Connell assists estate attorneys, fiduciary analysts, and title companies in kinship research. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, she has successfully resolved over 100 probate cases in locations throughout the United States and internationally. She earned a doctorate from the University of Kentucky and a bachelor’s degree from Rice University.  She also has certificates in genetic genealogy and forensic genealogy from the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, a leading training program in her field. Previous clients include major banks and estate planning lawyers.  She is a professional affiliate member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, and a member of the Estate Planning Council of Cleveland, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and the National Genealogical Society.


I help find people a Google search leaves behind, tracing families back in time to find links to the present day. My research includes legal records, newspaper publications, and other documents to resolve your questions.  DNA analysis can play a role as well. 

  • My reports, affidavits and family tree charts are backed by documents available to you at your request. ​

  • We set the parameters of a search within your budget, agreeing to a set number of hours at the beginning.

  • Regular check-ins keep you aware of how a search is going and when it will be completed.

My expert research demonstrates due diligence, protects your reputation and saves you time.  



(216) 212-6564 


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