Forensic Genealogy Institute
Thursday • Friday • Saturday
March 10-12, 2016
The Menger Hotel at the Riverwalk
San Antonio, Texas
Welcome reception on March 9
** see Prerequisites for Genetic Genealogy Practicum for Unknown Parentage Cases
Early Member Rate: $425
General Rate: $445
Thursday: Master Practicum
Marketing Workshop: Taking Charge, Blogging, and Connecting with Influencers
This four-hour workshop will be conducted in a hands-on lecture style where participants will learn how the components of their forensic genealogy businesses fit together, how blogging can be used in their businesses, and how opportunities to connect with influencers and mentors can benefit their marketing efforts. After attending this workshop, participants will be prepared to determine their marketing message and evaluate the most effective marketing strategies for their businesses.
Professional Forensic Business Workshop
Michael S. Ramage, JD, CGSM
This four-hour workshop will show participants how to draft an effective client contract, and will include open discussions on business considerations, including various types of business structures available to the professional forensic genealogist.
Friday to Saturday
Two Tracks to Choose From
Track 1: Forensic Genealogy Practicum
Unknown Heirs: Methodologies from Intake to Completion (Friday)
Michael Ramage, JD, CGSM
This hands-on practicum is designed to remove the mystique from the missing and unknown heir process. Participants will “work” the case from beginning to end, and bring together the relevant facts, documents, cast of characters, and issues of the case.
Forensic Techniques for Genetic Genealogy (Saturday)
Debbie Parker Wayne, CGSM
This six-hour hands-on course is perfect for the professional who is interested in adding DNA to their list of services. Participants will be introduced to the foundations of DNA inheritance, analysis techniques, and reporting methods for forensic genealogy. Attendees will participate in hands-on exercises in Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and autosomal DNA case studies, as well as DNA tools.
Track 2: Advanced DNA Practicum
Genetic Genealogy Practicum for Unknown Parentage Cases (Friday and Saturday)
This two-day, hands-on practicum is the first of its kind. It is designed for those who have experience with DNA analysis and are looking to expand their skills in unknown parentage and missing identity cases. Attendees will have the opportunity to work through real-life case studies and examples, increasing their competence and confidence so they can offer these DNA services to clients.
**Prerequisites for Track 2: Attendance at FGI 2015 Unknown Parentage Course, 2015 SLIG Advanced DNA Analysis, or 2016 SLIG Advanced DNA Analysis Techniques For Genealogical Research. If you have not attended one of these courses, but have experience in using DNA for unknown parentage or complex genealogical problems, please send a list of your relevant education and experience to email@example.com by February 15, 2016. Your registration is not confirmed until your prerequisites have been approved.
If you took one of the prerequisite courses, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your access code to enable registration.