December 24 2007

Press Release: Colleen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D to give talk on April 25th.

Colleen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D
On Wednesday, April 25, at 6 pm, the Wayne County Genealogy Group of the Wayne County Historical Society will sponsor a talk by Colleen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., noted scientist, author and genealogist, entitled “Forensic Genealogy.” Dr. Fitzpatrick is the author of two recent Forensic Genealogy and DNA & Genealogy. Her home base is in California, but Dr. Fitzpatrick will be speaking on April 24 at the New York Genealogical & Biographica Society in New York City and is making a special trip to Wayne County on April 25.

Colleen Fitzpatrick is a recognized expert in optical and laser measurement techniques and an avid genealogist. Forensic Genealogy has been widely recognized for its innovative application of forensic science investigative techniques to genealogical research. She has lectured extensively on the subject throughout the U.S. The book was featured on NPR, in Family Tree Magazine (April 2006), Family Chronicle (October 2005), and was the cover article for Internet Genealogy (Online Bonus Edition June 2006). It was favorably reviewed by Dick Eastman in Eastman's Online Genealogical Newsletter.

DNA & Genealogy, co-authored with Andrew Yeiser, expands on the application of forensic techniques to genetic genealogy. Commissioned by Family Tree DNA for its Second Conference on Genetic Genealogy, the book provides extra insight into what DNA is and is “the book to get for someone starting or running a surname project.” Dr. Fitzpatrick is the administrator for the Fitzpatrick DNA project which involves almost 90 Fitzpatricks from eight countries.

Using her many years’ experience doing work for, among others, NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Defense, she has developed many innovative techniques relevant to family history research. In her Wayne County talk she will focus on the use and identification of photographs and databases. With a sense of humor and lots of innovative techniques at her disposal, Colleen Fitzpatrick will demonstrate that you don't have to be a rocket scientist to get the most from your genealogical materials.

Dr. Fitzpatrick will sell and sign copies of both books following her talk. The event will take place at the Blough Building of the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary at 6 pm on Wednesday, April 25. Reservations are necessary and admission is $3 for members of the Wayne County Historical Society or Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary and $5 for non –members. To reserve a seat, call 570-253-3240 or email