About Us

Family Orchard LLC is a national and international Forensic Genetic Genealogist Firm based in the State of Connecticut.

As Founder and President of Family Orchard, John F. Suggs has over ten years experience as a Forensic and Genetic Genealogist and holds a BA in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University, an MS in Management and Systems from New York University and an MBA from Fordham University. He is a member of the following Professional Associations and Organizations:

Association of Professional Genealogists (APG).
The National Genealogical Society
New England Historic Genealogical Society
Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council
Connecticut Society of Genealogists
Connecticut Ancestry Society
Access Connecticut
American Adoption Congress
New Jersey Coalition for Adoption Reform and Education

John’s past experience includes his role as a lead investigator for the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. In this capacity, he successfully conducted a series of investigations into bribes to elected officials. One investigation resulted in what was, at the time, the largest governmental ethics financial settlement in U.S. history.

John, a former High School History Teacher, successfully organized and co-led a multi-year, community-based campaign to preserve endangered lands resulting in the threatened area being certified as a State Archaeological Preserve.

In partnership with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Public Heath and the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, John served as founding Executive Director for the Institute For Community Leadership, a nonprofit training and educational program that focused on developing and strengthening the leadership capacity within the public and non-profit sectors.