Your Story

Learn how your family connects to the world… through facts, stories, and experiences. 

We do the research, so you can experience your story.

family tree

Build Your Family Tree

Learn who’s who in your family, when they lived, and where they’re from. This critical ancestral record provides the foundation for your story.

Family stories

Uncover Your Story

We discover the stories that make your family tree come alive. Beyond the facts, who were these people? What did they do for a living? How did they live?

heritage travel

Travel to Your Homelands

With facts and stories in hand, we build an itinerary so you can retrace your ancestors’ steps, experience where they lived, connect to their land, and feel your heritage come alive. 

How we work

Your Way

MelNel Genealogy transforms your pieces of research into a comprehensive story that tells your family history. Our professionals will dive deeper into the records and surrounding context to discover the hidden gems beyond the facts. Your family history will come to life, and we’ll help you trace your ancestors’ journeys.

Whether you’re new to genealogy or an experienced family historian, you’ll connect in fresh ways and have a richer sense of your own place in the world.

What we do


MelNel Genealogy specializes in helping US and Canadian families trace their lineage back to European ancestors. We provide comprehensive research packages that include the vital records, ancestral documents, and family stories. Then, we design travel itineraries so that you can embark on the ultimate heritage adventure. In addition, we also provide a la carte offerings for those who prefer hourly research assistance, coaching, or heritage travel planning.

Genealogical Research Packages

Silver Package: Research that builds your foundational family tree for generations 1-4, all family lines. Includes fully cited pedigree charts delivered digitally, along with an optional upgrade.

Gold Package: This is our best seller. It includes everything from Silver package, then  expands your family story by revealing ancestor details such as occupations, military service, immigrations, and other social factors. A comprehensive report is spiral bound and includes surprise delighters and optional upgrades.

Platinum Package: This is ideal for family gift-giving. It includes everything from the Gold package, along with a comprehensive narrative describing the lives of each couple in your first four generations (or more). Genealogical documents and artifacts further enhance the discovery. Delivered in a beautiful My Family Story binder with optional upgrades.

“Your Way” Package: We fully customize a package based on your genealogy needs.

Heritage Travel Services

US Domestic: We customize an itinerary so you can travel to the US locations where your family lived, worked, and played.

International: Interested in traveling to where it all began? We customize an itinerary to retrace your ancestors’ paths … from village to town to country. 

Outstanding Genealogy Research Capabilities

We have access to both private collections and public records, so that we find everything available on your family.

  • Billions of U.S. and international records, including census records, wills, marriage and divorce records, birth and death certificates, ships’ logs, and more.
  • 142+ million newspaper articles, offering obituaries, marriage and wedding announcements, hometown news, current events of their lives, and more.
  • 537+ million military records
  • Subscriptions and memberships to private collections with billions of records

Building Your Family Tree

Helping you discover

Your Way Back

Melanie shared the story of my Coans and McEvoys in Ireland. By overlaying a nineteenth century land map with current satellite imagery, she showed me the exact plot of land my great-grandfather farmed. I learned they were relatively prosperous by 19th century Irish working-class standards. My grandmother showed real courage, coming to the United States on her own.

Bill (research client)

Ireland Travel with Kerry Experience Tours!

Once you have your genealogy research done, we will help you plan your trip! For your Ireland Heritage Travel, we refer our clients to Kerry Experience Tours, who plan fabulous trips, including accommodations, local travel, tour guides, and more.



Historically, waypoints were stopping places for a journey. Envision weary pilgrims seeking shelter, respite, and refreshment in a dimly lit tavern. Waypoints also served to mark key milestones along a challenging quest or an extraordinary adventure. Today waypoints help us specify our position on the internet – and the globe – so that we successfully navigate our travels. We welcome you to use our Waypoints to steer your genealogy journey.

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