[APG Public List] Forensic Genealogist

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG Elissa at PowellGenealogy.com
Thu Jan 20 09:34:31 MST 2011

In addition to Alvie's excellent post, the only formal educational program I
know of with a forensic component is the Boston University Genealogical
Research Certificate course. One of its three-week modules (of the fourteen
week semester program) is on Forensic Genealogy.


The title is self-adopted as an informal job description as Alvie states.


Best wishes,



Elissa Scalise Powell, CG


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Certification of Genealogists, used under license by board certificants
after periodic evaluations by the Board. 


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Good morning,

I do not know of an official title of "forensic genealogist".  It is more or
less an informal job description.  There are a number of people (including
myself) who are members of APG who work for attorneys and courts performing
the task of forensic genealogy.  This is primarily done to prove heirs to an
estate or to find the correct person or persons who can sign away the rights
to real estate, mineral or oil rights.

The work performed is done almost like any family genealogy but it just
takes a lot of knowledge of the reason behind the search.

I hope this gives you some idea and answer to your question.


Alvie L. Davidson 

Lakeland, FL 


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