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6th Forensic Genealogy Institute

Tuesday • Wednesday • Thursday

March 7-9, 2017

The Menger Hotel at the Riverwalk
San Antonio, Texas

  • Welcome reception on Monday March 6
  • Banquet on Wednesday evening 7:00-9:00pm

Banquet: The Rest of the Story
Speaker: Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL
Going beyond the record to tell the rest of the story: how to find it, when to tell it, and when to keep it to ourselves.


Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in the only Institute for forensic genealogists. This year there will be two tracks that are being offered for the first time by two of the best genealogists in the industry.

  1. The first track will be led by Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, co-author of the first workbook for genetic genealogy and the innovator who brought week-long DNA courses to genealogy institutes in 2014.

    This three-day workshop, Applying Genetic Genealogy to a Forensic Specialty, is based on Genetic Genealogy in Practice, with additional material customized for forensic genealogists.

    Genetic genealogy is a complex topic requiring practice and study to master. There is no course prerequisite, but review of the textbook prior to the course is highly recommended.

      Day one covers the science needed to use genetic genealogy effectively, standards, ethics, tests and tools offered by testing companies, and introduces mitochondrial DNA analysis methods.

      Day two introduces Y-DNA and autosomal analysis methods.

      Day three introduces X-DNA analysis methods, usage and pros and cons of more advanced analysis tools, and how to report genetic genealogy findings.

    Each person attending the course must have a copy of Genetic Genealogy in Practice as the textbook for the course. Additional syllabus material with a forensic focus will be provided in class.

    Required textbook to be purchased by attendees:
    Blaine T. Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, Genetic Genealogy in Practice (Arlington, VA: National Genealogical Society, 2016) available online at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/home


  3. The second track, Becoming an Expert: Law and the Forensic Genealogist, will be led by Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL, aka The Legal Genealogist – a brand new course that forensic genealogists won’t want to miss.

    From the standards that govern genealogical research to the rules that govern courtroom evidence, the law requires expertise of the forensic genealogist. In this three-day, hands-on program, current and aspiring forensic genealogists will learn more about becoming that kind of expert, from applying the Genealogical Proof Standard to finding the applicable law to understanding the legal processes that govern expert witnesses in forensic cases.

      Day one includes genealogical expertise and the GPS, overview of civil procedure – courtroom, evidence rules, expert witness rules, legal lingo and the assignment of CAFG’s practicum.

      Day two includes ethics for the genealogist, ethics for the forensic expert, the probate process and land law.

      Day three includes finding the law, and a hands on application of finding laws and a wrap up of the practicum.

The practicum will be led by Juli Whittaker and Helen Daglas. All participants must bring a laptop in order to be able to work the in class exercises.

Registration will open October 15.

Non members $450
Members $425