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Forensic genealogist to speak at seminar


Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick, who recently made national news for her forensic assistance in an attempt to solve an 11-year old Washington murder, will be the guest speaker at the eighth annual Hill Country Family History Seminar on Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Boerne Convention and Community Center. The seminar, which is sponsored by The Genealogical & Historical Society of Kendall County, will feature four lectures starting at 9 am and ending at 4 pm.

Although Fitzpatrick is a recognized expert in high resolution optical measurement techniques, with many years' experience working for NASA and the National Science Foundation, her methodical, unyielding style of work has allowed her to build a reputation as one of the best DNA detectives in the country. She combines high-tech DNA analysis with the skills of an old-fashioned gumshoe, combing birth and death certificates, newspaper articles and church and cemetery records. She has worked with the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory and her research exposed two well-known Holocaust frauds.

Dr. Fitzpatrick is the author of three of the best-selling books in genealogy. Forensic Genealogy has been widely recognized for its innovative forensic science approach to genealogical research. In DNA and Genealogy, she shows that you don't have to be a rocket scientist to get the most from your genealogical materials. In her latest book, The Dead Horse Investigation: Forensic Photo Analysis for Everyone, she illustrates how to use investigative techniques to explore the clues in photographs.

She will be covering these subjects plus the Six Degrees of Separation - or How to Find Any One and more. A genealogical book seller, Books and Things, will be present with a stock of books about many counties in Texas, other states and genealogical research, as well as Fitzpatrick's books.

The $60 price of entry to the seminar includes, lunch, morning and afternoon snacks and a Syllabus. The Community center is located at 820 Adler Road. Doors open at 8:15 am.

More information is available at The Family History Place, 725 N. Main St. Boerne or online at the Society's webpage