The mission of Back To Your Roots is to provide clients with answers to their genealogy-related research problems in a professional manner.  

Each problem is thoroughly researched and analyzed employing the Board of Certified Genealogists' Genealogy Proof Standards (GPS).  Each client is provided with a final report documenting the analysis, summary of findings, a research log, and source documents.  When appropriate, recommendations for further research are also included. 

“Thank you again for the wonderful work you did on my great grandmother. I have shared it with my family and we have had many wonderful conversations about her life. It is interesting that such an ordinary life could be so fascinating. I never knew how many losses she suffered. You made her come alive for me. I carry her in my heart now. When facing a hardship, I think of all she endured and how she persevered. I then find my troubles seem smaller.”

— Mary H., Back To Your Roots client

"Debbie continues to be extremely professional at finding the documents needed for any purpose.  Her research is always thorough and extensive. So pleased with the help she continues to give, and the results she gets. Excellent!" 



Deborah Harvey is the founder and principle researcher of Back To Your Roots.  She began her family history research while living in Northern Virginia conducting research at the National Archives and the Fairfax County Library’s Virginia Reading Room. In 1987, Ms. Harvey relocated to her family’s home since the 1700s in Nelson County, Virginia and began in-depth research into her family’s roots utilizing local county court records and state-wide historical and genealogical resources including the Jones Memorial Library, the University of Virginia Special Collections Library, the Virginia Historical Society collections, the Library of Virginia, the Family History Library, and many others. Ms. Harvey has documented most of the lines of her family tree back to the early 1800s and beyond. Additionally, she has traced many of the consanguineal lines across the United States. 

Ms. Harvey's work in forensic genealogy has involved conducting research for the Purple Hearts Reunited organization and DNA analysis to connect an adoptee with her biological family.

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