Monday, October 5, 2015

2016 Forensic Genealogy Institute Registration Opens October 4, 2015, at 1 pm CDT

FGI 2016: Take Your Forensic Genealogy Business to the Next Level

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Dallas, Texas – October 3, 2015 – The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) will be opening registration for the fifth annual Forensic Genealogy Institute (FGI) on October 4, 2015 at 1 pm CDT. Participants can register online at

FGI will be held March 10-12, 2016, at the Menger Hotel at the Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas. Registration for each course is $445, which includes 20 hours of instruction by expert forensic and genetic genealogists in three days, minimizing travel costs and time away from family and work. With only 90 seats available to registrants, FGI 2016 will be one of the largest-ever offering of forensic genealogy for professional genealogists.

The 2016 FGI features two practicums designed to provide hands-on instruction for intermediate and advanced forensic genealogists. The three-day Institute will include the following:

  • Thursday all attendees will learn about marketing their business with Marian Pierre-Louis as well as how to draft effective client contracts and structure their business with Michael S. Ramage, J.D., CGSM
  • Friday and Saturday the attendees will attend one of the two following practicums:
    - Advanced DNA Practicum: a two day Genetic Genealogy Practicum for Unknown Parentage Cases with CeCe Moore and Bethany Waterbury, DVM (see prerequisites)
    - Forensic Genealogy Practicum
  • Friday - Unknown Heirs Practicum: Methodologies from Intake to Completion with Michael S. Ramage, J.D., CGSM
  • Saturday – An Introduction to Forensic Techniques for Genetic Genealogy with Debbie Parker Wayne, CGSM

Advanced DNA Practicum

The “Genetic Genealogy Practicum for Unknown Parentage Cases” course applies DNA and traditional genealogical research to uncovering the genetic heritage of individuals with unknown parentage. This area of forensic research is expanding rapidly, and genealogists who can use DNA to successfully address unknown-parentage cases are in great demand. Enrollment is limited to 40 students who have fulfilled the course prerequisites stated on the website.

Forensic Genealogy Practicum

Friday’s course is the “Unknown Heirs Practicum: Methodologies from Intake to Completion” which offers hands-on practicum designed to remove the mystique from the missing and unknown heir process. Participants will “work” the case from beginning to end, bring together the relevant facts, documents, cast of characters, and issues of the case.

Saturday’s course is “Introduction to Forensic Techniques for Genetic Genealogy” which is perfect for the professional who is interested in adding DNA to their list of services. Participants will be introduced to the foundations of DNA inheritance, analysis techniques, and reporting methods for forensic genealogy. Attendees will participate in hands-on exercises in the following: Y-DNA, mtDNA, and atDNA case studies, and DNA tools. Enrollment is limited to 50 students.

Courses are expected to fill quickly, so register early at beginning at 1 pm CDT on Sunday, October 4, 2015. The website includes the institute brochure and faculty biographies.

About CAFG

Established in 2011, the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) is a business league with a professional membership dedicated to the advancement of forensic genealogy; which is research, analysis, and reporting in cases with legal implications. CAFG promotes high standards of professional and ethical conduct, provides education and training opportunities, and assists in professional development though mentorship, full membership, credentialing, and awarding fellowships. Learn more at