Alexa Klimas Corcoran

ProGen Member Overview

After more twenty years as an entrepreneur and consultant, Alexa Corcoran brought her academic roots in history together with a personal passion for family research to launch her professional genealogy career. Founder of Archway Genealogy, Alexa enjoys working with clients through research and coaching, utilizing traditional research and genetic genealogy, as well as writing and lecturing. Her motivation is rooted in her immigrant ancestry, seeking to find those who lived among many in urban communities, share their stories, and layer in contextual social history. Alexa specializes in mid-Atlantic research and regularly visits Maryland and Washington D.C. repositories. After previously completing the Genealogical Essentials course, she earned a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University in 2018. A graduate of ProGen Study Group (38), Alexa has completed advanced coursework at the major institutes across the country and is an engaged member of several genealogical societies. With an avid interest in genetic genealogy, she serves as the Co-Chair of UGA DNA, an international DNA Special Interest Group of the Utah Genealogical Association.

Alexa serves as an At-Large Board Member of the Maryland Genealogical Society. She is also an active member of the National Genealogical Society (NGS), New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), New Jersey Genealogical Society (NJGS), New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B), Utah Genealogical Society (UGA Co-Chair, DNA Special Interest Group and Member), Association of Professional Genealogists (APG Charter Member, Forensic Genealogy Special Interest Group and National Area Chapter of APG Member).


Genealogical Institute Advanced Coursework:
- Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and SLIG Academy for Professionals
- Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (GEN-FED)
- Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP)
- New York Genealogical & Biological Society (NYGBS)
- New Jersey Family History Institute: Research Intensive
- Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) (Summer 2021)

Boston University

- Certificate in Genealogical Research (OL 26; 2018)
- Genealogical Essentials (Fall 2017)

Johns Hopkins University (2003)
Master of Arts (M.A.), Department of History
Fields of Study: United States History, Women’s Studies and Popular Culture

Princeton University (1995, Magna Cum Laude)
Bachelor of Arts (A.B.), Department of History
Certificate in the Program in American Studies
Fields of Study: World and United States History, American Studies
Awards: C.O. Joline Prize in American History, 
Department of History (1995)
Willard Thorp Thesis Prize
 Program in American Studies (1995)
Law and Society Association:
LSA Undergraduate Writing Award (1996)


Archway Genealogy (Founder, May 2018 - present)

Archway Genealogy represents a new generation of genealogists, opening a passageway to experience the past utilizing genetic genealogy and traditional archival research. Client work includes: ancestral research and documentation, development of genealogical, genetic, and social family trees, record retrieval at local and national repositories, and one-on-one educational coaching.