Can You Solve Your Case Using Genetic Genealogy?

Thursday September 26th, 2019 // 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm // Sierra/Ventura

Early Registration (before July 15, 2019)$165
Standard Registration$185
Student Registration (valid student ID required)$145

Registration fees include lunch


In this hands-on class you will work in pairs or groups to try to use the techniques of genetic genealogy to solve a crime. You will be provided with results from a DNA test that you will need to analyze to find the right kind of DNA matches to help you with your question.

Once you have identified the right DNA matches you will have to do some genealogy work, including looking at census records and social security death records to find out more about your target family.

Lastly, you will have to use the detective skills you have already honed to find out which living person in the target family is most likely the match to your submitted DNA.


Learning Outcomes:

  1. Get a feel for what kinds of results you receive from a genetic genealogy test
  2. Understand the new skill required to chase this lead, namely, genealogy research
  3. Realize that many of the skills detectives already have fit perfectly into this research plan


Intended Audience:

Anyone working with or interested in genetic evidence in any way. This includes law enforcement at all levels, attorneys, victim advocates, lab directors, lab techs, in short anyone interested in learning more about how DNA testing and genealogy can impact law enforcement.


Diahan SouthardChair

Your DNA Guide

Diahan has evolved with the Genetic Ancestry industry beginning in the year 2000 when she helped pioneer the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, the first attempt to combine DNA and family history. For the last 5 years she has been running Your DNA Guide, a company providing education and assistance to anyone with DNA who wants to learn more about their family history. She now also runs DNA Eyewitness, a company providing educational opportunities for law enforcement to learn how to apply DNA and family history in their investigations.

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