A Bit About Us

As I was working on my family tree, I understood the strange communion of destiny that linked me to my ancestors. I had the strong feeling that I was under the influence of events and problems left incomplete and unresolved by my parents, my grandparents, and my other ancestors.  — Carl Jung

Family History Detectives® believes that everyone deserves to know who they are and where they come from.

It is a basic human right.

We are a collaborative group of artists, photo geeks, genealogists, and writers who share a passion for working together unearthing family histories. We have seen and experienced firsthand the transformative power of sharing family stories.

There is power in looking at the past. When we take the time to look at where we come from, we can integrate new discoveries and new inspirations into who we are…and more powerfully choose who we want to be.  

Every day, we get to decide what to carry forward.

What will your legacy be?

Our founder’s 3rd great grandfather, Rufus Walstein Williams, a lumberman and merchant in Holly Springs, Arkansas, shown with his second wife, Miriam Amanda Henrietta Adline Key. (Circa 1900)

What we care about

We were all children once, filling our pockets with shiny bits and special shapes that gave us superpowers. We believe sharing our special photos and memories recaptures this magic.

We believe in the incredible connections that can be made through genealogy and family history work. Our team has witnessed this phenomenon firsthand for years.

Whether you are the only one that cares about your history, or your whole family is on board, we believe everyone deserves to know who they are and where they come from. It’s a basic human right.

Technology used wisely has the potential for building authentic connections between friends and family. We are developing products to help do this with beauty and ease of use.

The more we’re able to tell the stories of what we’ve seen in life as adults, what we’ve survived – the more we heal. As storytellers, how can we not think that this is important?

Why we hope you do, too

Scientists now tell us that stories are strong predictors of a child’s happiness. The more stories a child hears, the better adjusted a she will grow.

According to a 2010 study published in the European Journal of Psychology, reflecting on your ancestors boosts intellectual performance and confidence.

Almost everyone has trauma in their family’s past – from war and poverty to famine and immigration struggle, we all have it. The emerging field of epigenetics is shedding light about how these life experiences are passed down in our genes.

Awareness of family predispositions, including both medical and behavioral health risks, may encourage life choices that benefit you and your descendants.

Forgiveness, a common result of family history explorations, promotes greater physical and mental health.

The Origins of FHD Media

Izzy’s Story

Once upon a time there was a precious little girl named Isabel-Victoria. Part 2 of the story of our founding inspiration involves the birth of a daughter. For part one, click here.


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