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Rocket Scientist turned world class Forensic Genealogist.

Maria the Bag Lady from Buenos Aires


My experience in locating people internationally is quite extensive.  I have located people on all continents except for Antarctica (too cold).  My most spectacular success was the location of a bag lady in Buenos Aires named Maria.  The woman had … 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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The Hand in the Snow


Our blog would not be complete without a mention of The Hand in the Snow.  This was our first big military identification case with the Armed Forces DNA ID Laboratory, performed with a dream team of top forensic scientists.  Our successful … Continue reading

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U.S. AMBASSADOR PARTICIPATES IN WWII MEMORIAL DEDICATION, DISCUSSES US-FUNDED EFFORTS IN YAP


Identifinders has been assisting History Flight and Missing Air Crew in their efforts to locate family references of MIAs for DNA identification. On July 24-28, U.S. Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia Peter A. Prahar travelled to Yap State … Continue reading

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Identifinders Locates Family of Harry Dugan Brown


Our first success working with History Flight and Missing Air Crew was the location of the Jenny, the sister of Harry Brown, who was killed while flying his VF-20 F6F-5 Hellcat on a routine mission over Yap Island on September 6, … Continue reading

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Western Hospitality Expo


We are on our way to the Western Hospitality Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center on August 12-14 to speak with representatives of the restaurant industry about Benjaman. Since he worked in this industry, we hope we will find … Continue reading

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BBC World Service Interviews Benjaman Kyle


The BBC World Service interviewed Benjaman Kyle in August 2010.  You can listen to the interview by clicking here.  For the full story, please see his Wikipedia page.

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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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