I did it! I completed the Forensic Genealogy Institute and have the paperwork to prove it.
This was a great event. I am so glad I had the chance to go. Kudos to the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) for developing such a fantastic learning opportunity.
When people hear "forensic," many automatically envision crime scene tape and coroner vans. Blame all the CSI shows for that one. In reality, the word forensic describes something suitable for use in a court of law. Thus, in our case, it's genealogical research, records and documents suitable for legal use.
The Forensic Genealogy Institute is a 3-day intensive course exploring different aspects of forensic genealogy.
Here's the schedule:
Overview of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy
Introduction to Forensic Genealogy
Discussion of the Role of the Genealogist
Real Estate and Rights of Way
Citizenship and Immigration
Unidentified and Unclaimed Persons
Forensic Genealogy Fees and Contracts
Ethics and Liability
Finding the Living
Forensic Techniques for Genetic Genealogy
Missing & Unknown Heirs:
Law Procedure for the Forensic Genealogist
Mock Cross Examination
Legal and Ethical Implications of Adoptions
Work Products and Client Documents
Preparation, Business Structure and Due Diligence
How to Identify Potential Markets and Clients
Examples of Successful Marketing Efforts
Conclusion, Class Evaluation and Certificates
Special thanks to CAFG for giving me permission to publish their schedule.
On to Forensic Genealogy Institute Re-Cap, part 2