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Forensic Genealogy (ONLINE – ZOOM)

December 2 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Instructor:  Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD                            REGISTER HERE and use the course code 104953
  • Location: ONLINE – ZOOM
  • Date:   December 2, 2020
  • Time:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Total Hrs:  8

Course Description:

The successful use of forensic genetic genealogy (FGG) aka investigative genetic genealogy (IGG) to solve cold cases has recently created a revolution in forensic identification. This workshop discusses how the revolution came about, its limitations and capabilities, along with case studies of various complexities that illustrate how FGG can be used for cold casework. It also discusses the more important issues faced by both the legal system and the genealogical community in working together using this revolutionary new tool.

Instructor BIO:

Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, the founder of Identifinders International, is widely recognized as the founder of modern Forensic Genealogy. She has worked over two hundred cold case homicides for law enforcement using genetic genealogy analysis. Most notably, she is credited with solving the 1992-1993 Phoenix Canal Murders – the first case solved using genetic genealogy (2015). Dr. Fitzpatrick and The Phoenix Police Department was awarded fifth place in the prestigious 2018 DNA Hit of the Year contest sponsored by Gordon Thomas Honeywell Affairs, out of 61 submissions from 14 countries. More recently, Dr. Fitzpatrick, along with the King Co Sheriff’s Office, was awarded fifth place in the 2020 competition out of 50 submissions from 20 countries for solving the 1991 Sarah Yarborough Homicide – the first case where genetic genealogy was used to generate investigative leads (2011). Dr. Fitzpatrick is a pioneer in the application of whole genome sequencing to low level and highly degraded DNA, enabling identifications that otherwise were believed to have gone beyond the reach of modern technology. She is a member of the Vidocq Society and an Associate Member of the American Academy of Forensic Science.

Please send all questions to LETrain@rccc.edu.


December 2
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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