The ISHI 31 conference can be accessed at In order to login, you will need your registration confirmation number and the email address you used to register for the event. This confirmation number is unique to you and should not be shared with colleagues. If you do not remember your confirmation number, there will be a link to recover this information on the platform. All presentations (including workshops) will be available on demand until November 17, 2020, so there is still time to register!

The largest annual meeting focusing entirely on DNA forensics.

Discover the newest advances in DNA technology from top experts in the field at the 32nd International Symposium on Human Identification. It’s all happening beginning on September 14, 2021!

ISHI 31 Keynote: The Foundling – Resolving a Case of Unknown Identity through the Use of Genetic Genealogy

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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