CAFG Announces 1st Forensic Genealogy Institute October 25-27, 2012

The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) announces the first Forensic Genealogy Institute. It will be held October 25 through October 27, 2012, in Dallas, Texas, at the Wyndham Dallas Love Field hotel.

This is an advanced course for professional genealogists, designed by working forensic genealogists. The intensive twenty-hour course is scheduled from 9:00 am on Thursday through 1:00 pm on Saturday. This schedule accommodates late arrival Wednesday. Departure can be scheduled early enough Saturday to be home with family Sunday and back to business on Monday. The class size will be limited to 25 enrollees to enhance the learning opportunity.

The Forensic Genealogy Institute offers twenty hours of significant hands-on instruction with real-world work examples, resources, sample forms, and work materials. The embedded practicum offers actual forensic case studies that will be covered from start to finish. Those who satisfactorily complete the course will receive a Forensic Genealogy Institute Certificate of Completion.

The institute includes the following comprehensive modules: Overview of Forensic Genealogy, Forensic Research Skills, Legal and Ethical Considerations, Probate/Real Estate Missing and Unknown Heirs, Missing Persons, and Business Aspects.

With over forty-five years of combined forensic genealogical experience, the core instructors are all full-time forensic genealogists who earn their living in the specialty: Michael Ramage, J.D., Certified Genealogist (sm), Kelvin L. Meyers, Leslie Brinkley Lawson, Dee Dee King, Certified Genealogist, and teaching assistant Catherine W. Desmarais, M.Ed., Certified Genealogist. Special guest instructors may also be announced.

Registration is $400 for Non-CAFG Members and $350 for CAFG Members and Mentor Program enrollees. The registration fee includes lunch on Thursday and Friday. A $25 discount is offered for early registration through 27 March 2012. A partial scholarship will be reimbursed to one non-CAFG attendee and two partial scholarships will be reimbursed to participants who are enrolled in the CAFG Mentor Program.

CAFG secured special room rates beginning at $109 plus tax. Hotel reservations are available beginning January 27. The Wyndham is located near Love Field, which is served by Southwest, United, Delta, Continental, and Air Canada airlines. Among its many free amenities, the Wyndham offers shuttle service to and from Love Field, parking, and WIFI.

More information about the Forensic Genealogy Institute is available at From this page you may follow the link to the Forensic Genealogy Institute registration page.