Research Roots was founded in 2011 by genealogist Naomi Leon (MA Cantab). Having studied History at Cambridge University, Naomi worked for several years at a number of London literary, film and television agencies representing authors and filmmakers, before taking up genealogical research full time.
Naomi’s interest in genealogy began with researching her own family, chiefly her migrant Eastern European, Jewish ancestors on her father’s side. She established Research Roots to pursue her interest in this subject in particular and her dedication to rooting out answers to even the most obscure questions, in the hopes of giving others the benefit of her passion and expertise.
Naomi is an Associate member of AGRA (the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives), a mentor to the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain (JGSGB), a member of the Society of Genealogists (SoG) and Sussex Family History Group (SFHG). She is currently leading a project to digitise Jewish community records in Brighton & Hove, and is a Town Leader of her ancestral towns of Aleksandrow Lodzki and Rawa Mazowiecka for Jewish Records Indexing-Poland (JRI-Poland).
In 2017 she appeared on the British genealogy series ‘The Secrets In My Family’, sponsored by Ancestry and broadcast on W.