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Move your family history
research forward. 


Working with clues just like a detective, Phyllis Codling McLaughlin and Twisted Roots can help break through a genealogical "brick wall"  or help solve a family-history mystery in your tree. 


McLaughlin specializes in DNA – using commercial testing, combined with traditional genealogical research methods, to help clients find biological family.


"DNA is a remarkable tool that can help push your research in the right direction when the paper trail ends," McLaughlin said. "While many people today are testing because they are curious about their ancestral ethnicity, DNA testing has become vastly popular with people who were adopted but either have been denied information about their biological parents because of draconian state laws that seal adoption records, or were not adopted through established adoption services."

A veteran newspaper journalist, McLaughlin also is an award-winning writer and photographer, often focusing on local history – especially when topics include Madison, Ind., a 200-year-old Ohio River city, or Carroll and Trimble counties across the river in Kentucky.

She is the author of two books: Images of America: Carroll County and Images of America: Trimble County, both from Arcadia Publishing and providing photographic histories of these two Kentucky counties. For three years, she served as editor of the Association for Professional Genealogists' electronic newsletter.


She is an APG member and a charter member and past president of the Kentucky APG chapter. Other memberships include or have included the Kentucky Genealogical Society, the Louisville Genealogical Society, the Jefferson County (Indiana) Genealogical Society, the Utah Genealogical Association, the Detroit Genealogical Society, and the National Genealogical Society.

Educational background


How to Hire Phyllis


Give us a call:
(502) 514-3715

111 Richwood Road 

Milton, KY 40045

(502) 514-3715​


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