Saturday, April 20, 2013

Speaker Profile-Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD

Who? What? When? Where? Are these the words of a genealogist researching his family tree or a forensic scientist solving a mystery?  Maybe someone who is both! 

Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, author of the genealogical bestsellers Forensic Genealogy and DNA & Genealogy, has been recognized by the international press for her work on the Northwest Flight 4422 project (Hand in the Snow) and the Identification of the Unknown Child on the Titanic. She is currently the head genealogist on the Abraham Lincoln DNA project.  Her most recent book The Dead Horse Investigation:  Forensic Photo Analysis for Everyone has become a genealogical must-have. 

Forensic genealogy has established itself as the modern approach to family research, not replacing conventional methods but enhancing them. Photographs, databases, and DNA can provide much more information than you ever dreamed, if only you use them with a little ingenuity.  For example, did you know that what is on the back of a picture can be more important than the contents of the image?  Attend Colleen’s lecture “Forensic Genealogy – CSI Meets Roots,” Wednesday, 11:00 a.m., W122, to find out how. And especially if you are having trouble spelling DNA, you should not miss her lecture “A Different Kind of DNA Talk,” Thursday, 8:00 a.m., F308.

Although Colleen works on high-level projects, she is very down-to-earth and easy to understand. Colleen’s talks will spark your imagination and motivate you to discover new ways of looking at your family mysteries. You will arrive at Colleen’s talks a genealogist; you will leave a forensic genealogist.

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