Meet the Founders

 Jourdan Brunson and Tameshia Rudd-Ridge know firsthand just how difficult it can be to discover Black family history, but have also experienced the immense joy of reconnecting with long-lost relatives. 

We bonded over our shared research frustrations and ”brick walls,” and later learned through DNA that we’re cousins. This pushed us toward building digital tools that transform the family history discovery experience for Afro-descended people.

kinkofa is the future of genealogy.

We’re on a mission to make it easier than ever to uncover family history with content, community, and DNA insights. 

Through community research projects, we partner with public and private organizations to amplify stories that honor & enhance the public’s understanding of African American contributions to history.

kinkofa (KIN·koh·fah): go back & get yo' kin. 

We're deeply inspired by the ancient Adinkra proverb 'sankofa' of the Akan peoples who reside in present-day Ghana and Ivory Coast. 'Sankofa' encourages us to learn from our history and heritage in order to move forward.