To address questions you may have regarding a virtual ISHI, we have updated our Frequently Asked Questions page. Please contact Sharon Zelanka with any additional questions. While we’re disappointed that we won’t be together in San Antonio this fall, we can’t wait to connect with you online!

The largest annual meeting focusing entirely on DNA forensics.

Discover the newest advances in DNA technology from top experts in the field at The 31st International Symposium on Human Identification. It’s all happening virtually beginning on September 14, 2020!

The Foundling – Resolving a Case of Unknown Identity through the Use of Genetic Genealogy

Monday September 14th // 9:05 am - 9:55 am
On April 27, 1964, a nurse came into the hospital room of Dora Fronczak, who had just given birth to her young son, Paul. She took the baby and left, saying it was time to take the baby to the nursery. In reality, the nurse had stolen the baby. Authorities were never able to find the woman. In 1965, a small toddler-aged boy was found, abandoned outside a store in New Jersey. DNA testing was not yet available, and blood tests were inconclusive. It was the shape of the child’s ears that caused authorities to believe the baby could be Paul Fronczak. The toddler was eventually sent to live with the Fronczaks in Chicago, and the case was considered closed. As an adult, Paul began to suspect that the couple who raised him were not his biological parents. In 2012 Paul underwent DNA analysis to test his suspicions. The results showed that he was not the biological son of Dora and Chester Fronczak. His next step was to enlist the help of a genetic genealogist, CeCe Moore, to assist him in finding his true biological parents and his identity.

Rock Your Favorite ISHI Tee for a Good Cause!

Help neighbors in need by wearing your ISHI t-shirt.

Even though we may not be able to come together in the same location right now, we can still come together virtually. Let’s unite as one ISHI community and support those in our field and our neighborhoods.

Put on your favorite ISHI tee from a past meeting and take a picture of yourself at home, on a walk in your neighborhood, or with your loved ones or pets and upload it below. We’ll share your photos on our social media channels to connect us during this challenging time. For each photo uploaded, we’ll donate $10 to your choice of either Feeding America or Doctors Without Borders up to $5,000 total.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

We understand you likely have questions regarding what a virtual ISHI will look like. That’s why we’ve put together a Frequently Asked Questions document. Still have questions? Contact Sharon Zelanka for assistance.

Exhibition

Exhibition

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ISHI 31 Exhibitors

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