Investigative Genetic Genealogy: A Comprehensive Review Workshop

Monday October 31st, 2022 // 8:30 am - 5:00 pm // Baltimore 3-5

Early Registration$245.00
Standard Registration$295.00
Virtual Registration$125.00


Investigative Genetic Genealogy is powering cold case solves on a daily basis around the country. The purpose of this workshop is to provide a comprehensive overview of the process of investigative genetic genealogy from lab to investigation. This will entail a deep dive into the instrumentation used (microarray, next gen sequencing, whole genome sequencing), bioinformatics used to transform that data, the databases utilized and the process of investigation that genetic genealogists use. The forensic community is new to this process and this workshop is intended to provide clarity to the community.


Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand the instrumentation and techniques that generate genetic genealogy profiles
  2. Understand the bioinformatic transformation that takes that data and turns it into a uploadable profile
  3. Dive into the structure and composition of the two main genetic genealogy database – FTDNA and GEDMATCH
  4. Learn the tools and techniques that genetic genealogists use to identify potential matches
  5. Explore and discuss potential difficulties, potential pitfalls and emerging technologies in the genetic genealogy process


Intended Audience:

Forensic DNA Community, including bench level scientists and laboratory leadership


Private: Danny HellwigChair

Intermountain Forensics Laboratory

Armed with a black belt certification in Lean/Six Sigma process improvement and extensive experience in both quality and operational leadership, he provides executive direction and oversees the quality system of the Intermountain Forensics laboratory.

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Private: Kevin Lord

Director of Lab and Agency Logistics, DNA Doe Project

Kevin Lord has experience in all facets of utilizing investigative genetic genealogy to solve law enforcement cases. Through his role as Director of Lab and Agency Logistics at DNA Doe Project, he works with agencies to determine the best way to approach each case, and shepherds each precious sample through the lab pipeline with the goal of getting the best results possible.

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Private: CeCe Moore

Chief Genetic Genealogist, Parabon

CeCe Moore, Chief Genetic Genealogist at Parabon, is the leading authority on investigative genetic genealogy (IGG), successfully collaborating with hundreds of law enforcement agencies across North America. Her small team boasts the unparalleled track record of 175 successful identifications of violent criminals and unidentified decedents, averaging one solved case per week. CeCe’s cutting edge work has led to the first conviction, the first conviction through jury verdict, and the first exoneration in cases where the suspect was identified through investigative genetic genealogy.

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Private: Margaret Press

Co-founder, DNA Doe Project

Margaret Press, PhD is the co-founder of the DNA Doe Project, a non-profit corporation dedicated to identifying John and Jane Does through genetic genealogy.

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Private: Alison Wilde

Cold Case Coalition/IMF (Tulsa 1921 Graves Investigation)

Alison took her first genealogy class in 1988 and has been a genealogy lecturer and mentor for the last ten years.   She transitioned to full time, professional genetic genealogy work in 2016 and is the owner of Tri DNA Genealogy, LLC.  Alison has been with the Cold Case Coalition since January of 2020.  Previously Alison was a project and department manager for a large financial services company.

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