Forensic Genealogists do family research for legal reasons. Sometimes that involves DNA, but most often relies on firm documentary evidence. Dr. O’Connell will discuss how she uses her people locating skills as a forensic genealogist and tell you about the field. You’ll come away with new understanding for how genealogy can be used in a legal setting and go over a sample case she worked on, which involved an understanding of laws in 12 states and over 200 documents as evidence. Using a combination of wills, newspapers, baptismal records, and censuses, she provided a court-level report proving who was the current next of kin of a will from 1906. She will show you how you can use a similar combination of records in your own research.