Our goal is to inspire your passion for uncovering your past so that you can build a positive family legacy for the future. We do this by combining personalized genealogy research and heritage travel planning services. We provide both comprehensive packages and a la carte services. Whether you’re interested in researching a single family line, following the path of a family member, or focusing on a specific country, we’re here to help.
MelNel Genealogy is a veteran-owned, woman-led, US-based small business.
Meet Founder, Melanie Nelson
Melanie Nelson is a seasoned genealogist and avid traveler who blends her two obsessions to help you create memorable adventures.
Several years ago my parents and I finally dug into the plastic bin containing old photographs, newspaper articles, and assorted ephemera from the past. Not my past, but that of my parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and beyond. We spent three days discussing names, connecting people, documenting relationships, and remembering stories. I became hooked. With the snap of my fingers, I became my family’s historian. My hobby quickly took over my evenings and weekends when I conducted research and attended classes or conferences.
I like chasing genealogy for the hunt. Upon uncovering another name or date or location, I’m apt to run around the house doing my happy dance, celebrating my next win. I play a detective searching for clues that solve familial relationships. As I construct the framework of the people, I bring their stories and experiences to life.
A genealogy research trip to Ireland set my life on a new path. The transformative experience inspired me to action. I blended two of my obsessions – the study of genealogy and the pleasure of travel – into the form of MelNel Genealogy. I now seek to inspire others to discover a passion for exploring their past by creating memorable ancestry adventures.
Let’s uncover your past and create memorable experiences for you and your family!