Genetic genealogy involves the use of DNA testing together with documentary evidence to identify relationships between individuals.
Genetic genealogy can be used to identify potential alleged offenders or unidentified deceased persons, using DNA from crime scenes and human remains. This technique has been used successfully in the USA, most recently with the arrest of the alleged “Golden State Killer”. In this instance the alleged offender’s DNA was not in any criminal DNA database, and therefore DNA found at crime scenes was not able to be matched to a known person. Genetic genealogy enabled the identification of the alleged perpetrator through analysis of matches with relatives through a public database.
Our unique forensic DNA extraction process means genotyping can be undertaken even where only very small amounts of DNA have been obtained. Genotyping then allows genetic genealogy practices to be utilised to potentially resolve identification of previously unknown persons.
We also offer consultancy services to law enforcement agencies. In the first instance, we are able to present an overview of genetic genealogy practice and how it can be used by relevant members of your team. This service is at no cost to your organisation.
We have a team of highly-skilled genetic genealogists who can then assist you with any cases where sufficient DNA has been found, to identify either the family of the person in question or in some cases the person themselves. Genetic genealogy is dependent on sufficient “matches” being found in public databases so is not always able to assist, but recent cases in the USA show this is a powerful tool to assist in your investigations.
We are also able to train your staff to undertake this research themselves.
Pricing is based on the likelihood of identifying a person, your requirements and timeframes.
Contact us at info@totheletterDNA.com for further information.