Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Registration Opens for the 2014 Forensic Genealogy Institute

The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy has announced it is offering two series of courses at the 2014 Forensic Genealogy Institute at the Wyndham Love Field Hotel in Dallas, Texas.  Registration for the institute is now open.

"Foundations in Forensic Genealogy" will be held from Monday, March 24, through Wednesday, March 26, 2014.  "Foundations" is designed as a basis for the study of forensic genealogy.  It assumes the student has an intermediate or advanced level of understanding of genealogical research and explores the forensic genealogy landscape, application of forensic genealogical techniques to research, and career paths available to forensic genealogists.  It is a prerequisite course of study for the advanced-level courses.

"Advanced Forensic Evidence Analysis" will be held from Thursday, March 27, through Saturday, March 29, 2014.  New in 2014, this year's advanced program will explore in depth a number of applications of forensic genealogy, to include the development and use of DNA in solving forensic genealogy problems, the repatriation process of military remains presented by the U.S. Department of Defense, forensic genealogy in mineral rights cases, and forensic document analysis.  These topics, along with others being formulated, will be "hands on" discussions, case studies, and workshops.

I attended the most recent institute, which was held in April of this year.  At that time the only courses offered were what is now called "Foundations."  It was an intensive educational experience and well worth it; I wrote about how valuable the lessons were.  I've already registered for the advanced series of courses, so next spring I'll be taking another trip to Dallas.

Registration is open to the general public.  Hotel accommodations and further information about the Institute may be found on the Forensic Genealogy Institute Web page.  Those wishing to attend are encouraged to make their hotel reservations now via the hotel link on the site due to sporting and other events scheduled in the Dallas area.

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