Forensic Genealogy and its Application in Solving Cold Cases

Monday September 14th, 2020 // 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Registration Fee$50.00


This workshop will explore how scientists, law enforcement, and forensic genealogists work together to solve crime using investigative DNA methods and techniques. We will examine the need for forensic genealogy, current DNA methodologies and technologies applied to sample types ranging from samples recently recovered to over 100 years old. Attendees will get an in-depth view of current case studies and strategies to apply this technique to solve cold cases.


Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify forensic genealogy uses and explore its application in science and law enforcement
  2. Explain current DNA methodology and technology from an applied science perspective and its application in DNA extraction from multiple sample types
  3. Examine traditional genealogy research with DNA data
  4. Evaluate case studies and how law enforcement used applied DNA and forensic genealogy with traditional law enforcement techniques to solve cold cases
  5. Compare the benefits and limits to using DNA as an investigative tool in solving cases.


Intended Audience:

Forensic Scientists, Technical Leaders, Laboratory Directors, and DNA Analysts


Bruce Budowle

University of North Texas Health Science Center

In 2009 Dr. Budowle became Executive Director of the Institute of Applied Genetics and Professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, Texas. He currently directs the Center for Human Identification. His research efforts focus on the areas of human forensic identification, microbial forensics, emerging infectious disease, molecular biology technologies, and pharmacogenetics.

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