Using DNA to Solve Crimes

Pat Sand

When I was a child, I enjoyed playing the game “Clue.” Players tried to solve crimes by identifying the murderer to win the game. Was it Professor Plum in the library with the candlestick? Could it have been Mrs. Peacock with the rope in the kitchen? Rather than bumble around like Detective Clouseau in the “Pink Panther” series, we now have technology that helps investigators crack unsolved cases by using DNA.

The Ropin’ In Yer Relatives Genealogy Club is having a free seminar on Saturday, Oct. 28, for Robson Ranch residents. The seminar starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m. in the Laredo Room. There will be a 20-minute break midway through the presentation.

The speaker, Bonnie Bossert, is a genetic genealogy researcher who lectures on a variety of genealogy topics and has more than 20 years of genealogy research experience. She is a member of the Investigative Genetic Genealogy Accreditation Board (IGGAB) and will walk us through how police use investigative genetic genealogy to solve crimes and identify human remains.

Although the seminar is free, registration is required. To register, email Pat Sand at [email protected].

The Ropin’ In Yer Relatives Genealogy Club meets on the first and third Tuesday every month from November through March. Meetings are at 6 p.m. in the Laredo Room. Member dues are $20. To join, come to our first meeting with your dues.

Our first meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. The speaker is Marilyn Simleness and the topic is “Researching Courthouse Records.”