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1. Forensic Genealogy
2. The Dead Horse Investigation:
3. Gear Magazine - April 2001: Colleen
4. Colleen Fitzpatrick (forensic
5. DNA & Genealogy
6. Inspiring students to create the
7. The Itch (Original Sheet Music
8. Forensic Genealogy [Paperback]
9. Social response to the first "A"
10. Graduation (friends forever) an
11. The Great Earthquake Experiment:

1. Forensic Genealogy
by Colleen Fitzpatrick
Paperback: 220 Pages (2005-06-30)
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Asin: 0976716003
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Have you ever considered looking at the edges of an old photograph to find out who is in the picture? Have you ever considered epidemics as a source of genealogical information? How can you use DNA to connect your family with historical events long in the past? These are only a few of the surprising connections Forensic Genealogy offers for investigating the where, who, when, and why of your family history. As featured on NPR’s Talk of the Nation radio program (July 2005), Internet Genealogy (June 2006 Online Bonus Edition), Family Tree Magazine (April 2006), and Family Chronicle (October 2005), Forensic Genealogy offers innovative new tools for getting the most information out of your reference materials. Forensic Genealogy also suggests many unusual places to look for family history.After reading this book, you will never look at your research materials the same way again! Forensic Genealogy comes with the Forensic Genealogy CD ROM and a mail-in coupon from Family Tree DNA for a $10 discount on any testing service. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Summary of content
This was a superbly done book, containing VERY useful content and procedures.I strongly recommend it for anyone interested in investigation and/or genealogy.

4-0 out of 5 stars Forensic Genealogy
This book is a must for budding AND experienced genealogists. The first two sections on anlayzing photos and anaylzing electronic media are timeless. The final section on DNA analysis is a bit out of date; but that's to be expected as it was written in 2005! The prices and offerings of the various labs need to be updated. One coupld argue with the premise that the reasosn more Europeans don't participate in DNA research was (2005) because of the exchange rates between the pound/euro and the dollar: When one looks at thet the DNA testers and labs (all U.S.), one could esily draw the conclusion that this is strictly a U.S. endeavor. There are also some misapprehensions which have made their way around the world: Homeland Security's database of terrorist's DNA, FBI DNA databases of criminals, Defense Department's DNA database of U.S. service personnel, etc. She does an excellent job of showing why such concerns should be dismissed.
Overall, an excellent work for genealogists at all levels; but the DNA sections badly needs updating.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent starting point for the new technologies in genealogy
"Forensics" refers to the use of science and technology in the investigation of evidence and establishment of facts. We generally use the term in relation to legal and police work, but there's no reason forensic methods can't be applied to any sort of research in the social sciences, including genealogy. In this book, however, it often seems to have acquired a looser meaning -- something like "close, careful examination." And that's incorrect, but ever since CSI became popular on TV, "forensic" has become a sexy word. And the author makes some excellent points about paying attention to the sources you examine, so I won't carp about the label she adopts. Dr. Fitzpatrick (who, in the real world, is a physicist with a specialty in laser optics) is becoming quite well known as a genealogical conference speaker at the local and national level, partly, I think, because she does a good job explaining concepts and methodology in the area of DNA research -- which is definitely a forensic topic. And that's part of what you'll find in this very well written and very readable volume, but not all of it by any means. In fact, DNA work is only one of the three subjects she explores, the others being interpretation of photographs and the proper use of databases. Fitzpatrick is a proponent of the notion that almost any kind of information source can have genealogical implications. Most of us started out reading the census on microfilm (or on Ancestry these days), plus the published sacramental records if your family is from south Louisiana, and many supposed researchers never get beyond that. But what about old weather and hospital records, railroad history, and the development of photographic technology? You may have done a straightforward search of 19th century city directories, but have you considered making a methodical analysis of a family group through a series of city directories over time -- especially when they are associated with multiple addresses? Not to mention using directories for "widow tracking." There are hundreds of potentially very useful databases -- collections of information -- available online these days whose very existence you might never have previously guessed at. Have you ever tried to calculate the latitude of the unknown location of an old photograph by examining the shadows in the picture? Sometimes, merely scanning an old photo at the highest possible resolution and then examining the digitized image at high magnification brings to light key details you never noticed before. (On the other hand, trying to guess the time period from the clothing styles is much less useful than one might think, especially for farm families who habitually wore old clothes.) Fitzpatrick suggests a number of other techniques you're probably never heard of for squeezing every bit of information from old photos. And in both areas she includes some deeply interesting case studies. I turned to the DNA section with particular interest because (being an historian and not a "hard" science sort of person) it's a topic I still don't feel entirely comfortable with. Quite a few books have been published in recent years on the use of DNA testing in family research, some better than others. DNA analysis is the best-known area in which developments in criminal investigation have led directly to genealogical applications, especially in determining whether family traditions regarding lineage have a provable basis in fact. Fitzpatrick obviously understands the subject thoroughly and in depth, and she's more successful than many in communicating the essentials (and even many of the details) to the non-specialist family researcher. She provides a short background on the subject, then discusses mutations and why they are a key concept in family research, what "markers" are and what the numbers mean, how to join or start a single-name DNA project, how to deal with "non-paternity events" (every family has them, like it or not), an evaluation of the major commercial testing companies, . . . and even such abstruse subjects as haplotypes, cladograms, and pairwise mismatches, which may be more than most of us really need to know. But even DNA studies can't solve every mystery, and the author considers that problem, too. All in all, any researcher, regardless of level of experience, will find something new here, whether basic concepts or innovative techniques. Some of it may be tough going, but this book will certainly repay the time you spend with it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Forensic Genealogy: A Recomended Resource
This is not your usual basic family history book. It effectively teaches one how to think and analyze way outside the box. Once you have gathered all your family's pertinent material, this book will take you way beyond birth, death, and marriage records. The author brilliantly demonstrates how to use city directories, weather data, photo intelligence mensuration techniques, sleuthing approaches, and even a chapter on DNA testing and tracking. This is a wonderful teaching vehicle and reference manual. We would recommend it to all serious genealogists.

The author takes a highly technical subject area and transforms it into understandable tools for one to use with excellent examples from her own family investigations. This book is a mind expanding read, and we rated it a high four hearts.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must Have for dating Pics
This book is fantastic for dating photographs.I have bins of photos that I have no clue when they were taken.The tables in here help you to pen point the dates using things you'd never think of.Once Miss Fitzpatrick was able to use a cash registar and some old ads to determine the date of a picture!The more meaty sections are when she uses the light of day to name the exact location.Now that was amazing!
Last year I had the oppurturnity to meet Colleen.She is the nicest woman and ever so intelligent!Her passion flows throughout her work and makes the book enjoyable and fascinating to read.A genius in her field, Miss Fitzpatrick gives you the tools, the websites, and the frame of mind all in this book.
Inside are charts and tables giving you dating for when each type of photograph was made, describing to a tee how to distinguish your photo.
Also included, though I've not had much time to examine that section, are chapters on reading between the lines in directories and census images, ect.
Without this book I would still be clueless.It truly is a must have. ... Read more

2. The Dead Horse Investigation: Forensic Photo Analysis for Everyone
by Colleen, Ph.D. Fitzpatrick
 Paperback: 244 Pages (2008-04-30)
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Asin: 0976716054
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3. Gear Magazine - April 2001: Colleen Fitzpatrick 'Vitamin C', Shirley Manson, & More
Paperback: 128 Pages (2001)
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Asin: B0015PRLHO
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Full-color men's magazine featuring Colleen Fitzpatrick (Vitamin C), Shirley Manson of Garbage, Howard Bloom, Aerosmith, the XFL, and much more! ... Read more

4. Colleen Fitzpatrick (forensic genealogist)
Paperback: 104 Pages (2010-07-18)
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Asin: 6131779821
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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Colleen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D, FSPIE (b. April 25, 1955, New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American forensic genealogist for major military and civilian organizations. Fitzpatrick received her BA in physics (1976) from Rice University, and her MA (1983) and PhD in nuclear physics (1983) from Duke University, and has 25 years experience working in the field of high resolution optical measurement techniques. She is a Fellow of the Society of Photoinstrumentation Engineers (SPIE) optical society. She is the group administrator for the Fitzpatrick DNA study, which she founded in 2000. ... Read more

5. DNA & Genealogy
by Colleen Fitzpatrick, Andrew Yeiser
Paperback: 179 Pages (2005-11-30)
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Asin: 0976716011
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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DNA & Genealogy is more than a textbook on DNA analysis for genealogy. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced readers will all find this book fascinating. In addition to tutorials on the use of DNA for genealogy, DNA & Genealogy contains many unusual sidelights on "DNA in the News" and "Weird DNA". Do you know that there are people who have more than one DNA profile? Would you like to know about the DNA analysis of the Tyrolean Iceman? What about DNA and Exo-biology? DNA & Genealogy has all of this and much, much more. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars DNA and Genealogy
The book is pretty simple to understand, but like anything else about
DNA, it is outdated very quickly,almost every day. It does give you some basic information, and access to her website to get more info. There is more on Genealogy than DNA. Also, maybe its me, but some basic questions I had were not answered.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good introductory book
"DNA & Genealogy" is very good at defining and explaining important terms like: 1) Nucleotides (A, G, C, and T base pairs) where sequences of them provide information for the creation of proteins in order to sustain life. 2) Nuclear DNA - used to trace paternal ancestry and Mitochondrial DNA - used to trace maternal ancestry. And, these can be used to do so because they are nonrecombinant, passing down virtually unchanged over thousands of years. 3)Alleles, DYS numbers, haplogroups, markers, MRCA -most recent common ancestor, STR, SNP, etc.

Some other explanations in the book I think worth mentioning here are:

1. Regarding the Human genome - it is a tightly wound string of DNA so long, comprising of 3,147M base pairs - it would stretch to the Sun and back.

2. Most mutations have no effect except occasionally.

3. Surname studies exist and the book shows where to locate them. Plus, the book describes different DNA tests which exist.

4. There is a worthwhile discussion about "errors" - that looking at a sample of something, one can rationally come up with probabilities of how long the sample is removed from the original. The same reasoning could be used evaluating copies of a manuscript and of course, DNA mutations. Plus, there is a discussion about stepwise and infinite allele models for handling DNA mutations.

5. Kleinfelter's syndrome is discussed - the rare existence of extra X chromosomes for some people.

6. Gender-related intelligence differences are on the X chromosome - explaining why girls are generally more intelligent, but there are more boys who are retarded and more super intelligent. Hence, although the average girl IQ is equal to the average boy, the distibution is not the same. Mutations, and girls having an extra X chromosome explain the differences, which compensate for mutations. Plus, no human trait has evolved more than intelligence.

7. In rare cases, mitochondrial DNA is inherited from the father.

The only real negative about the book, is that it is several years old, and more is new, like new testing services, like 23andMe.

Anyway, the book is a good one, for introducing a reader to the study of ancestry using DNA.

4-0 out of 5 stars DNA & Genealogy, a good book for understanding genes and history
DNA & Genealogy by Fitzpatrick and Yeiser (2005 by Rice Books press) is a book that starts with explaining the basics of genetics to explain the differences in the maternal history in DNA of the mitochondria bodies and the paternal DNA in the cell nucleus. The difference as explained is easy to understand, even for the non-geneticist. The reason themitochondria DNA is handed down only through the maternal line and its implications are important to understanding matriarchal ancestry. The DNA from nucleus contains the Y chromosome that traces only the paternal ancestral history.

These differences are expanded by different mutations (changes) in the Y chromosomes DNA that allow genealogists to verify the relatedness of persons with the same family name among males, and sometimes find "non-paternity events" such as adoptions and connections among lines with a different surname.

The book goes into detail that can be a bit too complicated for some people, but the information is there if one can study and be willing to read other books such as "The Seven Daughters of Eve" by Bryan Sykes (2001) or "Deep Ancestry" by Spencer Wells (2006).

The book does relay heavily on the "Genome Project" by National Geographic Society and supports one testing lab at the expense of other excellent gene testing projects.

5-0 out of 5 stars DNA Testing Explained
With the advent of DNA testing genealogy research has been propelled into the 21st century.Get ready to be captivated and conveyed along with it as the authors take you through the subject.

This is a great book and there is a lot to be learnt from it whether you are still just thinking about using DNA or have already dived in.It is written in plain language that anyone can comprehend and it explains the whole process of how to use DNA as a genealogical tool.It is both a book that you can't put down and one that you'll continually refer back to after you have received your test results and are working with them.

DNA testing is easy to understand after you've read this and you'll realise what DNA can do for your research.Without it I would be struggling to appreciate the concept of this new topic and would not know what to do with my results or nor how to interpret the information they provide. Highly recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars DNA Genealogy
Serious genealogists hobbyists and professionals will be excited by this new resource, which thoroughly explains the new science of DNA testing and how it can be applied to family history research. Although this book is not for everyone, if you have successfully passed high school biology, you should be able to manage the information and its technology in this excellent reference. Wouldn't it be interesting for a man and his wife to go back in time to discover about when they might have had an ancestor in common? DNA testing and analysis had give you that and much more. It can even give you an idea what part of the world your pre-historical ancestors lived and migrated to. The authors practice what they preach and tell how we can do it too, with many DNA labs and companies listed and compared. We rated this book four hearts. ... Read more

6. Inspiring students to create the future: an exemplary program based at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay greatly increases the odds that at-risk youngsters ... An article from: Phi Delta Kappan
by Cynthia Shepard, Kristin M. Vespia, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Timothy U. Kaufman, Linda Tabers-Kwak, Deborah Furlong
 Digital: 9 Pages (2007-11-01)
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This digital document is an article from Phi Delta Kappan, published by Thomson Gale on November 1, 2007. The length of the article is 2496 words. The page length shown above is based on a typical 300-word page. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Digital Locker immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser.

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Title: Inspiring students to create the future: an exemplary program based at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay greatly increases the odds that at-risk youngsters will not only graduate from high school but will go on to higher education. The program is also a model of university/community collaboration.
Author: Cynthia Shepard
Publication: Phi Delta Kappan (Magazine/Journal)
Date: November 1, 2007
Publisher: Thomson Gale
Volume: 89Issue: 3Page: 200(4)

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7. The Itch (Original Sheet Music Edition)
by Billy Steinberg & Jimmy Harry Colleen Fitzpatrick
 Sheet music: Pages (2000)
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Recorded by Vitamin C on Elektra Records. ... Read more

8. Forensic Genealogy [Paperback]
by Colleen Fitzpatrick (Author)
Unknown Binding: Pages (2005)
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Asin: B0041LOA32
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9. Social response to the first "A" alert of the Parkfield earthquake prediction experiment (Quick response research report)
by Colleen Fitzpatrick
 Unknown Binding: 22 Pages (1992)

Asin: B0006OYQ00
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10. Graduation (friends forever) an Autograph Book
by Colleen and Josh Deutsch Fitzpatrick
 Hardcover: Pages (2001)

Asin: B000O6KOD8
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11. The Great Earthquake Experiment: Risk Communication and Public Action
by Dennis S. Mileti, Colleen, Ph.D. Fitzpatrick
 Paperback: 149 Pages (1993-05)
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Isbn: 0813383692
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