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 originated with her research into her own family history, from agricultural labourers in 17th century Lincolnshire to Jewish migrant peasants in 18th century Poland (read more here). She established Research Roots to pursue her passion for rooting out answers to even the most obscure questions, and give others the benefit of her enthusiasm and expertise.
Naomi specialises in Jewish family history. She works with a wide range of records and sources, local and international archives, libraries and museums and a growing network of researchers, genealogists and legal professionals across the UK and overseas.
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).