Susan was born into a Jewish family in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1950. She attended private school, Isidore Newman, through the 8th grade, choosing to go to public school for the 9th - 12th grades. During school, Susan was active in sports, played on the Junior Varsity Volleyball team and was an avid tennis player and skier until an accident on the ski slopes in 1980 changed all that.
Susan graduated from Loyola University, New Orleans with a BA degree in Radio/TV/Film and Marketing Communications. She participated in many workshops during her college days on Religious Communications and her first job was in the Television and Film Department at M.D. Anderson Hospital.
Perhaps a serial entrepreneur at heart, Susan started her own media production company, Kingdom Productions, Inc. in Houston, which was one of the first to become involved in the new technology of computer graphics and slide imaging in 1986. After the downfall in the oil industry in the late 1980's, Susan went into the first of many early retirements where she dabbled in Computer Graphics Consulting and the Travel Industry.
After a near death experience resulting from a surgical procedure in January, 2007, Susan became more in touch with her intuitive skills and overwhelmed with a new calling to work with others to assist them in fulfilling their personal quest for answers about their own family histories.
Since hanging out her shingle, Susan has assisted hundreds of people in learning more about their past. Using DNA testing, standard genealogical modalities, healing and her intuitive skills, Susan has found that no matter what the need, whether it be solving a murder mystery, connecting families separated by the Holocaust or family schisms or helping people understand who they are and why they feel the way they do, the outcomes are almost all the same. There is a healing that takes place within our core once we are able to accept, understand and forgive.
susaneking.com and Associates is a genealogy research firm headed by one of the leading professional genealogists in the field today. Susan has been a leader in the field throughout her 30+ year career. Susan's intuitive skills along with her knowledge of genealogy research and sources provides a quick start on all of our projects; in some cases we have achieved miraculous results on projects which have been in a stalemate for upwards of 20 years. Our team is methodical in our approach, understanding of our clients needs and dedicated to meeting the your research objectives. Susan is well traveled in Europe and Eastern Europe with colleagues on the ground to assist with international research.
Over the last 18 months, we have been one of the top expert providers at Ancestry.com. Through this program we have completed over 235 projects running the full gamut of research. SAR/DAR applications, brick wall assistance, immigration and naturalization, descendant research, international research across all religions and countries, missing persons, adoption, locality search along with murder mysteries. We have done complete genealogies and published books and we have served as a consultant throughout a client's research process. We enjoy wearing the different hats to be of service. As this program comes to an end, we are grateful to the clients we have had the opportunity to work and look forward to new opportunities which lie ahead. What others have said about our work has made the experience one of great joy. There are no endings, just new beginnings.
Susan is not only an accomplished researcher but continues to be impassioned about sharing her knowledge and skills and those of others by promoting and educating the public in the field of genealogy.
Susan is also a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
And susaneking.com is growing. With accomplished colleagues working with her from around the globe, we now have colleagues on the ground in Salt Lake City, Clayton Library for Genealogical Research and archives around the US.
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As a Radio Personality, Susan has hosted her own show "Where genealogy and spirit connect" since 2009, where she has interviewed guests from both the genealogical and spiritual communities to include: Megan Smolenyak, Ancestry.com, Footnote.com, Geni.com, Family Tree DNA, Arthur Kurzweil, Steve Luxemburg, John Kimmey, Althea Gray, Dr. Jude Currivan, Denise Linn, Michelle Karen, Althea Gray, Dr. Roger Woolger, Summer McStravick, Venus Andrecht, Melissa Frei, Allison Baughman, Spirit Artist Rita Berkowitz along with a host of others.
Although Susan can remember her early experiences of connecting with her grandfather soon after his passing at age 5, Susan has been an empath most of her life and scared herself silly doing readings back in the mid-1970's, Susan has decided to hone these skills into her new line of work and has continued her studies. Combining her 30 years of experience as a genealogist and her lifelong intuitive skills is the focus of her current work, painting yet another picture of the our ancestors lives with depth, detail and a connection to their spirit.
Susan is an accomplished musician playing the steel drums (of all things) and an accomplished writer sharing her thoughts as a Genealogy Columnist for The Examiner.
While not everything in life is black and white, Susan shares her home with two very black and white spotted spirits.