Speaker-July 2020


Colleen Fitzpatrick

 July 18, 2020

 “How Genetic Genealogy Brought Buckskin Girl Home after 37 Years”

Webinar Presented by: Colleen Fitzpatrick

DNA Doe Project is a non-profit organization founded by Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick and Dr. Margaret Press to use genetic genealogy to identify John and Jane Does, sometimes decades old. On April 24, 1981, the body of a young woman was found along Greenlee Road in Newton Township, west of Troy, Ohio. She was nicknamed “Buckskin Girl,” after the tasseled buckskin jacket that she had been wearing at the time of her death. About two hundred leads were followed as a result of the media attention, yet none resulted in her identification. Come hear the fascinating story about how Buckskin Girl was identified and reunited her with her family after 37 years.

About the speaker: Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, the founder of Identifinders International, is widely recognized as the founder of modern Forensic Genealogy. She has worked dozens of cold case homicides for law enforcement using genetic genealogy analysis. Most notably, she is credited with solving the 1992-1993 Phoenix Canal Murders – the first case solved using genetic genealogy. In addition to applying her expertise to cold case work, Dr. Fitzpatrick has been the Forensic Genealogist on several historical projects including the Identification of the Unknown Child on the Titanic and the Abraham Lincoln DNA Project. She has also been a key member of the teams that have exposed three international Holocaust literary frauds. Her collaborations include the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory, the US Army Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Office, the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem, and the University of Arizona. She is an Associate Member of the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS).

She has appeared extensively in the international media including The Today Show, BBC World News Tonight, RTE Ireland Television’s Nationwide, Radio New Zealand, The Melbourne Sun, CNN, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, More Magazine, and Scientific American. She is the author of three books: Forensic Genealogy, DNA & Genealogy, and The Dead Horse Investigation: Forensic Photo Analysis for Everyone.

This month we will be offering our speaker’s presentation by webinar!
More details and a link to register for the webinar will be emailed to all SOCCGS members.

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Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.