Forensic Genealogy and its Application in Solving Cold Cases

Wednesday September 16th, 2020 // 1:00 pm - 4:30 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



12:00-12:05pmIntroductionThomas Kupiec
12:05-12:50pmForensic Genealogy ApplicationBruce Budowle
12:50-1:20pmDNA Methodology, Technology, and ExtractionJames Anstead
1:27-2:12pmGenealogy ResearchBarbara Rae-Venter
2:12-2:57pmFBI Case Studies and Its’ Application in Solving Cold CasesSteve Kramer


Private: James Anstead

Laboratory Director, DNA Solutions

Dr. James Anstead joined DNA Solutions in 2013 and is the Laboratory Director. Dr. Anstead has over 15 years of experience in molecular biology, population genetics and entomology. His prior experience includes working as a Research Associate at Pennsylvania State University and Oklahoma State University.

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Private: Bruce Budowle

Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Helsinki and Forensic Science Institute, Radford University

Dr. Budowle's current efforts focus on the areas of human forensic identification, microbial forensics, human trafficking, and emerging infectious disease with substantial effort in next generation sequencing. He is a Commissioner on the Texas Forensic Science Commission.

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Private: Stephen Kramer

Attorney, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Mr. Kramer is an attorney with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in its Los Angeles office.  He is responsible for legal matters in the FBI's criminal and national security investigations.  He oversees the FBI's investigative techniques and strategies that are used by investigators. 

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Private: Barbara Rae-Venter

Barbara is a Search Angel with helping adoptees find their birth relatives and
also helps teach the online autosomal DNA (atDNA) classes that offers to
help adoptees use their atDNA to find birth relatives.

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