Tag Archives: Identifinders

DNA Rule-Out for Cold Case, Australia, 1970 – Part I


A crime that could not escape media attention in Australia, any more than the Manson family murders could have evaded the public eye here in the States-Elmer Crawford brutally murdered his pregnant wife Theresa (35) and his three children Kathryn (13), James (8), and Karen … Continue reading

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Unknown Child on the Titanic – Part IV (Conclusion)


When AFDIL attempted an identification through Y-DNA, I was asked by my colleague Dr. Odile Loreille to find a Y-DNA reference for Sidney Goodwin.  We were just finishing up the identification of The Hand in the Snow, so she knew I was … Continue reading

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Unknown Child on the Titanic – Part III


To understand what happened next, you have to know a little about mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA).  Mitochondrial DNA is contained in small, football-shaped inclusions outside the nucleus of a cell. It’s widely believed that mitochondria were once independent bacteria that invaded … Continue reading

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Unknown Child on the Titanic – Part II


After eight and a half decades, there was little left of the child’s body. Only a small piece of wrist bone and the crowns of three tiny baby teeth had survived the inclement weather and damp, slightly acidic soil. In the … Continue reading

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Unknown Child on the Titanic – Part I


On April 20-23 1912, on its mission from Halifax to salvage remains from the Titanic, the crew of the cable ship Mackay-Bennett pulled 306 bodies from the frigid waters of the north Atlantic. Only one of them, body No. 4, … Continue reading

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Jeni’s Family Reunion


Jeni Reed was raised by her maternal grandmother and knew almost nothing about her dad Thomas McKay.  Yet we were able to find him!  I surprised Jeni with the news on June 16.  To add to the excitement, we discovered that … Continue reading

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23 and Me Male and Female Haplgroups


I just spent the evening reviewing the male and female haplogroups of Benjaman’s 23 and Me matches that are predicted to be at the 3rd and 4th cousins levels.  I was hoping to find a geographical pattern that might indicate his origins.  … Continue reading

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Benjaman’s Powell and Davidson Matches


In February 2009, Jim Barrett, Group Administrator of the Powell Surname DNA Project, contacted me regarding 34/37 marker matches Benjaman Kyle had with members of the study.  For about a year, I researched how these Powells might be related to Benjaman. In … Continue reading

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Case Histories


I have been fortunate to have been a key member of several projects that have challenged my abilities as a forensic genealogist.  Several have been posted on my Identifinders International site.  The Hand in the Snow, James Jake-Smithers-Gray, and Benjaman … Continue reading

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Happy Reunion


Identifiers is happy to have reunited Bonnie Dodson and her dad in July 2010 after 55 years.  Bonnie is looking forward to meeting the rest of her new family.  We are just thrilled to have been an important part of bringing about such … Continue reading

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