“How Genetic Genealogy Brought Buckskin Girl Home After 37 Years”
Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 7:00pm
Yorba Linda Community Center
On April 24, 1981, the body of a young woman was found in a ditch along Greenlee Road in Newton Township, Ohio. The coroner officially ruled her death as the result of strangulation. She was nicknamed “Buckskin Girl,” after the tasseled buckskin jacket that she had been wearing at the time of her death. Early efforts to identify “Buckskin Girl” involved the creation of a facial sketch published in local newspapers and on television networks. About two hundred leads were followed as a result of the media attention, yet none resulted in her identification. Learn the fascinating collaborative story of how Colleen used forensic genealogy to solve the case.
Dr. Fitzpatrick, the founder of Identifinders International, is widely recognized as the founder of modern forensic genealogy. She has investigated numerous cold case homicides for law enforcement using genetic genealogy analysis. She is Co-Executive Director of the DNA Doe Project (DDP), applying autosomal SNP analysis to the identification of a John or Jane Doe, sometimes decades old. Her collaborations include the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory, the US Army Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Office, the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem, the University of Arizona. Harvard Medical School and other noted professional organizations. She is an Associate Member of the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS).
About the Program
The 1940 US Census opened in 2012 without a name index. A FamilySearch-led consortium used 160,000 volunteers to name index that census in five months. In addition, Joel Weintraub and Steve Morse, over seven years, with about 125 volunteers, developed free utilities to find which of 150,000 census districts a person was in, when a location or address was known. These projects are examples of crowdsourcing. Steve and Joel are now doing a similar project for the 1950 census. Joel will discuss differences between the volunteer response, Yahoo Group site, cloud storage, software, One-Step utilities, and project phases.
About the Speaker
Joel Weintraub, a New Yorker by birth, is an emeritus Professor at California State University Fullerton. He became interested in genealogy about 20 years ago, and volunteered for nine years at the National Archives and Records Administration in Southern California. Joel produced locational tools for the 1900 through 1940 censuses and the New York City censuses (1905, 1915, & 1925) for the Steve Morse "One-Step" website (stevemorse.org). Joel has published articles on the US Census, searching records in NYC, the Ellis Island "Name Change Myth," and given presentations on census research, immigration and naturalization, Ellis Island, and Jewish genealogy.
Note: Our November meeting will be the 2nd Wednesday instead of the 3rd Wednesday of the month. See you at Yorba Linda Community Center on November 14th at 7pm.
Our GSNOCC September meeting will be a special Show and Tell for all things related to family history and we need your help.
Do you have an unusual piece of family ephemera - a special antique or family bible? Can you showcase a unique collection? Have an unusual family tree presentation in wall art or scrapbook design? Share the unique way in which you have brought your family history to life.
Please consider being part of our September meeting. Tables will be available for your set-up at 6:30pm and the meeting will begin at 7pm. Members can go from table to table and explore the many ways in which we honor our relatives. If you're shy, don't worry --no public speaking required.
We'll also have expanded food offerings and a mystery antique contest with prizes. You are encouraged to wear the dress of your heritage, if desired. Come out and see what interesting things your fellow members have to share.
Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018 at 7:00pm
Yorba Linda Community Center (Imperial Room A)
4501 Casa Loma Ave., Yorba Linda, CA 92886.
Join us at our August meeting and program on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 7pm at Yorba Linda Community Center.
About the Program
Make Your Own Maps Using Google's My Maps
Place your ancestors on the map and share it with your family. Using the tools provided free in Google’s My Maps, Francie will demonstrate how to create and edit maps illustrating places your family lived, their migration routes, and different generations. Further, she will demonstrate how to add notes, photos, and icons depicting your family’s unique history and will present useful ideas for a variety of your own maps, even for planning a research trip. You can then share these unique maps with family members and continue to add to them in the future. You can use her handout to follow the presentation step-by-step.
About the Speaker
Francie Kennedy is passionate about microhistory, and inordinately fond of maps and old county histories. She frequently stays up late collecting resources for her students in Beginning Methodology classes. Francie believes that the study of the past through the fascinating lens of genealogy can bring us a new sense of our own place within the world. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and speaks to genealogical societies on topics ranging from Google to geography. Francie is a fourth generation native Californian.
“Researching Your Hispanic Ancestors”
President of Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research (SHHAR)
May 16, 2018
At the last general meeting, Letty gave a lively, spirited presentation pertaining to investigating Hispanic ancestors.
Much of what she presented also has universal applications in genealogy, regardless of ethnicity. One admonition was “There is no truth without proof.” In other words, a genealogist must always have clear concise documentation to verify what is believed to be a fact. For example, census records, an excellent source of information, are only as accurate as the person giving the information, the person receiving the information and the person transcribing the information. Census records need to be verified.
When investigating an ancestor, Letty recommended searching various spellings of the last name, plus finding aunts, uncles, grandparents, other relatives, and sponsors at religious events. Beware of idiosyncrasies on forming letters and entering data. For example, Spanish priests loved to fill each line of a document with letters. If they came to the end of a line and still had a couple letters left in the word, they would add a hyphen and place the couple of letters at the first of the next line. This created confusion when the hyphenated word was a last name.
She also illustrated the variations on how letters were formed and numerous spellings of the same last name. In summary, an entertaining and informative presentation was experienced by all.
Charles L. Hand
May 27, 2018