Past Meeting CAGC October 2019 The Forensic Genealogy Revolution

Sunday, October 6, 2019 1:30 p.m.

Jagerhaus Restaurant (serving an authentic German lunch)
2525 E. Ball Road, Anaheim (one block off the 57 freeway at Ball Road)

The Board will meet at 1:00 o’clock prior to the meeting. Social time 1:15 pm

Speaker: Colleen M. Fitzpatrick
“The Forensic Genealogy Revolution”

Colleen M. Fitzpatrick is an American scientist and entrepreneur. She helped identify remains found in the crash site of Northwest Flight 4422, that crashed in Alaska in 1948, and co-founded the DNA Doe Project which identifies previously unidentified bodies. Wikipedia is the source and has much more information with regard to Colleen. Education: Rice University, Duke University, Organization founded: DNA Doe Project

Genealogist have long supported the legal system through probate work, heir searching, establishing inheritance, mineral and land rights, and by identifying the next-of-kin of service members. Even though DNA was first introduced to the genealogical community about 20 years ago, it has only been recently that genetic genealogy has been available to the forensics community. This talk will discuss how this happened, its limitations and capabilities, along with some of the more important issues faced by both the legal system and the genealogical community in our efforts to work together to balance the privacy of the individual with the requirements of public safety.

Please RSVP by Thursday, October 3rd to Nancy Pestal, Secretary, at

Looking ahead to our next meeting date: December 8: Annual CACG Christmas Party at Jagerhaus Restaurant. 2020 Calendar to be determined. (Note:  The party is 12/8, not 12/1 due to Thanksgiving). Please bring suggestions for speakers, etc. for our 2020 meetings.