Navigating the New: Ethical and Practical Considerations in Forensic Genealogy

Amy and Nicole, two leading experts in the realm of forensic science, delve into one of the most buzzed-about topics: forensic investigative genetic genealogy (FIGG). In this interview, they share their insights and experiences on the cutting-edge developments and applications of FIGG in solving cold cases and advancing forensic investigations.   Throughout this discussion, Amy […]

Identifying Jane Doe X-1

Today’s guest blog is written by Olivia McCarter, Genealogy Analyst, Moxxy Forensic Investigations, Mobile County Sheriff’s Office. Reposted from the ISHI Report with permission.   May 18th, 1976 was a warm day in Grand Bay, Alabama. Two teenage boys headed out to Session’s Creek with plans to go fishing when they instead discovered the discarded remains of […]

Reduce Research Hours by Utilizing X-DNA Matches

Today’s blog is written by guest blogger Rhonda Kevorkian, DNA Doe Project   Are you using all the clues of autosomal DNA? The X chromosome can play a crucial role in complementing autosomal DNA results. The unique inheritance pattern can provide valuable clues, eliminating lines as you build family trees saving valuable research time.   […]

There are 750 Unidentified Human Remains in Australia. Could Your DNA Help Solve One of These Cold Cases?

Today’s blog is written by guest bloggers Jodie Ward, Associate Professor, Centre for Forensic Science, University of Technology Sydney and Dennis McNevin, Professor of Forensic Genetics, University of Technology Sydney. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.   Yesterday it was announced the Australian Federal Police […]

A New Lens on Forensic Genetic Genealogy

Today’s guest blog is written by Marc McDermott, Genealogy Educator / Genetic Genealogist, Genealogy Explained   Forensic Genetic Genealogy (FGG) is a term that has gained traction primarily for its instrumental role in leveraging genetic and genealogical methods to aid law enforcement in criminal investigations and the identification of human remains. This process involves the […]

Meet ISHI Exhibitors: DNA Doe Project

Travis chats with Cairenn Binder, Director of Education and Development at the DNA Doe Project. She discusses how her role has evolved from volunteer to Director including the first case she worked on. They also talk about the importance of ethics within the forensic investigative genetic genealogy field, and how someone could get started with […]

Under the Microscope 2023 – Nicole Novroski and Amy Smuts

In response to the growing demand for genetic genealogy in cold and violent crime cases, forensic practitioners worldwide are exploring the who, what, when, where, and how to implement forensic genetic genealogy alongside their existing workflows. Providing these services via public laboratories democratizes genetic genealogy in such a way that investigators are not reliant solely […]