- Paperback: 220 pages
- Publisher: Rice Book Press; 1 Pap/Cdr edition (June 30, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0976716003
- ISBN-13: 978-0976716006
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,202,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Forensic Genealogy Paperback – June 30, 2005
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I learned many things in the photo and database detective sections. Like other reviewers I will never look at a photograph again in the same way I did before. I thought I was meticulous in pulling details from photos but Dr. Fitzpatrick shows how to go far beyond what I have done before including using weather history to help determine when a photo was taken.
But the DNA section has been most useful. After reading several other DNA books written for genealogists, as well as the popular books written in recent years by scientists, I still hadn't found explanations for some of the common notation I saw used on web sites and in mail-lists on DNA. I finally found these defined in Forensic Genealogy. The DNA section is written in such a way that you can get an overview and basic understanding or go much deeper. I would highly recommend this book to any one who wants to do professional-level genealogical research using digital tools and DNA.
While I have been studying my family history for about 10 years, this book has given me a few new tools to aid my research. One example is that I never considered that the photo paper was used could help date a photo. I will be dragging out some of my old photos and giving them a second look.
There are numerous examples given in each section of this book. One of the funnier ones was a photo I had seen circulating on the Internet. It was a car on a highway with a severed gas station hose hanging out of the filler. Through a little effort, Dr. Fitzpatrick shows you how to identify exactly where this photo was taken.
I have been considering using DNA to identify early ancestors. The book has a comprehensive section on DNA. It does require a bit of study to fully understand but don't worry. Even a casual reading of this section will supply you with a basic understanding of this new tool.
This book is generally an easy read with lots of useful information. I highly recommend it.
Last year I had the oppurturnity to meet Colleen. She is the nicest woman and ever so intelligent! Her passion flows throughout her work and makes the book enjoyable and fascinating to read. A genius in her field, Miss Fitzpatrick gives you the tools, the websites, and the frame of mind all in this book.
Inside are charts and tables giving you dating for when each type of photograph was made, describing to a tee how to distinguish your photo.
Also included, though I've not had much time to examine that section, are chapters on reading between the lines in directories and census images, ect.
Without this book I would still be clueless. It truly is a must have.
The author takes a highly technical subject area and transforms it into understandable tools for one to use with excellent examples from her own family investigations. This book is a mind expanding read, and we rated it a high four hearts.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting book, but above my head. I passed it on to a family member who is sure to enjoy it.Published 6 months ago by Bonnie Lynch
I purchased this book thinking it would be about FORENSIC genealogy (ie: related to the law, legal, and working with authorities to identify next of kin). IT WAS NOT. Read morePublished 15 months ago by A. Graham
"Forensic Genealogy" is an eye-opening book on research and analytical techniques that I was previously unaware of. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Eric A. Ghost
Dr. Fitzpatrick takes genealogical research to a whole new level. It's not about names and dates; it's about people and how they lived and who they were. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Roberta F. Woods
Very deep and technical for most amateur genealogists, but helped in discussions with our genealogy group.Published on July 27, 2014 by Marianne E. Bradley
This is the most comprehensive book on forensic research that I've ever seen and is a great addition to my library. This is a resource for very advanced work in this field.Published on April 25, 2013 by Gramma Momo
I have several boxes of very old photos dating back to the 1800's. It was fasinating to see just what these old photos could tell me by looking at clothing styles, photo... Read morePublished on February 24, 2013 by V. Eicke
The book, Forensic Genealogy, was received in a timely manner and was well packaged. Being a genealogy addict, I immediately opened it and began reading. Read morePublished on December 21, 2012 by Patricia K. Arndt