JKB Genealogy

JKB Genealogy offers genealogy and research services with an emphasis on a memorial, storied approach to family history, specializing in family-friendly reports backed by solid research. Projects completed have focused on New England, New Jersey, the American mid-west, Scotland, and England.


Jenifer Kahn Bakkala

Jenifer Kahn Bakkala began her career editing newspaper obituaries and has been telling the story of people’s lives ever since. A professional genealogist and a freelance writer, she is a graduate of Connecticut College.

Jenifer is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and is president of its New England Chapter.

She is also a member of the New England Historic and Genealogical Society, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, the National Genealogical Society, and the Genealogical Society of New Jersey.


An American Family, Four Centuries of Love, Labor, and Reward: A Story of the Davis Family, published in 2018 by the Newbury Street Press, Boston, Mass., is available at the New England Historic Genealogical Society’s bookstore.

A fresh approach to traditional genealogy, An American Family tells the story of the Davis family’s journey through the history of the United States. From the earliest beginnings of the New England colonies to America’s advent as an industrialized world power, Davises have made their mark in some of the most vital areas of our nation’s growth. Members of the Davis family have built new institutions and risen to lead them—and they have done it with spirit. Told in a narrative style, this is a genealogy that relates the story of one family’s contribution to a growing society over the course of eight generations.

An American Family by Jenifer Kahn Bakkala JKB Genealogy