CAFG Forensic Genealogy Institute – Day 1

CAFG Forensic Genealogy Institute – Day 1


Michael S. Ramage at CAFG 2013

The CAFG – Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy‘s 2nd Forensic Genealogy Institute took place last week in Dallas, Texas and I had the privilege in attending.

CAFG uses this definition: “Forensic Genealogy is genealogical research, analysis and reporting in cases with legal implications.”

The faculty were some of, if not the best in the forensic genealogy field. Leslie Brinkley Lawson, Michael S. Ramage, Dee Dee King, Kevin L. Meyers and Debbie Parker Wayne were well prepared and had extensive experience and knowledge that they willingly shared with a class full of eager participants.

We started with an overview of all the types of cases that a forensic genealogist may be involved in. Cases like:

  1. Guardianship
  2. Real Estate and Rights of Way
  3. Mineral rights
  4. Adoptions
  5. Citizenship and Immigration
  6. Capital mitigation
  7. Military repatriation
  8. Unidentified and unclaimed persons
  9. Cold Cases
Later that day, attorney and Certified Genealogist Michael Ramage covered Forensic Genealogy Fees, Contracts and Ethics and Liability. Michael’s law experience and knowledge is not only really helpful but it is a BIG bonus for the attendees

We were then given a practicum exercise to work on our own for the night, which was a  bit challenging as the rooms wifi was a bit slow.

The institute was held at the Wyndham hotel just a few blocks from the Dallas Love Field Airport; the rooms were nice, the food excellent, so all in all a really good choice for the institute.

The days are packed with information. The instructors stayed true to the time schedule and kept things moving. 

A busy, eventful and very good first day.


  1. Thanks, alerie, for the kind words! We enjoyed meeting you.
    Dee Dee King, CG

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