Who can take this course?
Forensic Genealogy Training for Law Enforcement is designed exclusively for people working directly for Law Enforcement. This can include detectives, police officers, death investigators, forensic anthropologists, coroners, bureau of investigation agents, etc. Professional genealogists may take this training only if they have a pre-established working relationship with a law enforcement agency. You will be asked to provide the name of your agency and supervisor when you create an account in our system.
What is the difference between "familial DNA comparison" via Codis and autosomal DNA comparison via GEDmatch?
CODIS uses short tandem repeats, or STRs, and mitochrondrial DNA as a basis for comparison. This is only effective to compare individuals to themselves, their parents, full siblings, or children. A half-sibling, grandparent, grandchild or cousin will not produce a usable match in CODIS. GEDmatch uses autosomal DNA, which can be used to identify common ancestors up to five generations away, or more, making it possible to identify an individual by comparing them to their more extended family. It is for this reason that forensic genealogy using autosomal DNA can clear cold cases that were previously not solved despite the DNA being entered into CODIS.
Who is teaching this course?
Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick and Dr. Margaret Press, co-founders of the DNA Doe Project, are the lead teachers. Additional instructors will be experienced forensic genealogists from the DNA Doe Project.
Who is the instructional designer for this course?
Forensic Genealogy Training online instructional components are designed by Anthony Lukas Redgrave. Click here to visit Anthony's LinkedIn profile.
What are the prerequisites for taking this course?
There are no prerequisites for taking this course other than working with a Law Enforcement agency. Basic knowledge of traditional genealogy is helpful, but not required.
What additional materials will be needed?
Participants will need to have an account on Ancestry.com and GEDmatch.com as well as the student account with Forensic Genealogy Training. No textbooks will be required. However, a list of optional reading materials will be provided.
What is the difference between the fully online course and the blended course?
The fully online course is designed for individuals to complete at their own pace and is constructed with a Doe case simulation as the final activity. The blended online and in-person option begins with the first half of the online course to be completed ahead of an in-person workshop. Participants will be able to begin working actual cases for their departments in a group setting. Both options include support from and access to instructors who are experienced forensic genealogists with the DNA Doe Project. The same certificate will be awarded for both classes.
If I take the online class first, can I upgrade and get the live workshop and consultation added?
If you begin with the fully online option, and decide you want to upgrade to the blended package, the amount you have already spent will be applied towards the total cost. Please email for more details.
Is the course accessible via mobile devices?
Yes! Download "Moodle Mobile" from the app store on your phone or tablet. All online course modules are compatible with the app and mobile browsers.
Will I get a certificate upon completion?
Yes! A certificate is awarded upon completion of the course.
Will you be making forensic genealogy training courses for the general public?
There is currently no plan to develop a class for the general public.
What if my department would rather hire forensic genealogists than sign anyone up for training?
Please contact IdentiFinders if you have perpetrator DNA, or contact the DNA Doe Project if you have a Jane or John Doe case.
I work for a business/am starting a business that provides forensic genealogy services for profit. Can I take this course?
No. This course exists to enable law enforcement agencies to work their own cases without having to outsource. This will be more cost-effective for many departments and enable more cases to be solved using forensic genealogy.
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