Meet the Founders

Jourdan Brunson & 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 a company that transforms the family history discovery experience for Afro-descended people.

kinkofa is the future of genealogy.

kinkofa is on a mission to bring generations together to uncover, record, and preserve Black family stories with pride and dignity! We are the only digital family history platform intentionally-designed to reconnect Black families.

kinkofa is making it easier than ever for Black folx to uncover, document, and preserve our unique family stories.

Through partnerships with public and private organizations, we amplify stories that honor and enhance the public’s understanding of African Americans contributions to history.

kinkofa (KIN·koh·fah): go 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.