Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, is an internationally recognised forensic genealogist, the founder of Identifinders International. She has been involved in high profile forensic identification cases, including the identification of the Unknown Child on the Titanic and the Amelia Earhart project; she is now the Forensic Genealogist on the Abraham Lincoln DNA Project. Colleen has also been a key member of the teams that have exposed three international Holocaust literary frauds. Colleen's has collaborated with the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory, the US Army Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Office, the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem, the University of Arizona, Harvard Medical School and other noted professional organizations. She is a Fellow of the Society of Photoinstrumentation Engineers (SPIE), an Associate Member of the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS), and an Adjunct Professor at Boston University. As a world traveler and multi-lingual, Colleen specializes in international cases. She has researched in over 50 countries. Colleen assists nonprofits, military organizations, attorneys, and law enforcement with cold case work, forensic identifications, and with locating hard-to-find individuals. She has developed innovative DNA identification techniques that have benefited those who have lost their identities, most notably Child Survivors of the Holocaust, and adoptees who otherwise would have given up hope of finding their birth parents. Colleen's first book Forensic Genealogy has become a well-known classic, redefining the field for both amateurs and professionals. Her second book DNA & Genealogy was commissioned by Family Tree DNA for their second International Conference on Genetic Genealogy in 2005. These books were followed by The Dead Horse Investigation: Forensic Photo Analysis for Everyone and The DNA Detective. Colleen lectures widely in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. She has been co-instructor for workshops in Advanced Forensic Genealogy for both the Boston University Certificate Program in Genealogy and the Salt Lake City Institute of Genealogy. Colleen s work has appeared in hundreds of domestic and international newspapers and magazines as well as on international radio and television programs. These include the BBC World News Tonight, RTE Ireland Television s Nationwide, Radio New Zealand, CNN, NPR s Talk of the Nation, More Magazine, Scientific American, The Wall Street Journal, Publisher s Weekly, The Boston Globe, The Melbourne Sun, The Denver Post, The Seattle Times, and The Orange County Register.
Adoption searches, locating family references for DNA identification for the military and law enforcement agencies, cold case work, unclaimed property, historical projects, forensic genealogy education. Multi-lingual, well-traveled, extensive experience with international projects. I have researched in about 50 countries.
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