CAFG Offers Scholarship to Forensic Institute in March 2016


The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) is now accepting applications for a $225 scholarship to the 5th Annual Forensic Genealogy Institute (FGI), to be held March 10-12, 2016, at The Menger Hotel at the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. Registration is now open at Tuition for each course is $445, and the scholarship covers more than 50% of that fee.
“The scholarship to CAFG’s Forensic Genealogy Institute is intended to ease the financial burden of advanced, professional education,” says Leslie Lawson, CAFG President. “The scholarship gives up-and-coming forensic/genetic genealogists the opportunity to advance their career and increase their skills.”
FGI 2016 will be the first ever hands-on seminar offering of forensic genealogy for intermediate and advanced genealogists. Each FGI course offers 20 hours of instruction by expert forensic and genetic genealogists in just three days, minimizing travel costs and time away from family and work. Seats are limited at FGI, so early registration is encouraged.
Scholarship Application Process
The FGI scholarship is open to all FGI 2016 registrants. Individuals interested in financial assistance to attend the institute should send a request of not more than 400 words to explaining how they feel receiving the FGI Scholarship might best help them and the field of forensic genealogy. Applications are due Friday, December 4, 2015. The scholarship recipient will receive a partial tuition refund of $225.
Those wanting to apply for the scholarship but who have not yet registered for FGI can do so online at before submitting their application.
Brand-New, Advanced Training
FGI 2016 features two brand-new, concurrent courses designed for intermediate and advanced forensic genealogists:
Thursday all attendees will participate in Marketing Workshop: Taking Charge, Blogging, and Connecting with Influencers with Marian Pierre-Louis; Professional Forensic Business Workshop with Michael S. Ramage, JD, CGSM
Friday and Saturday attendees will be in their chosen classes: 

  • Forensic Genealogy Practicum
  • Advanced DNA Practicum

Advanced DNA Practicum will be taught by renowned genetic genealogists CeCe Moore and Bethany Waterbury, DVM, the “Advanced DNA Practicum” course allows attendees to have the opportunity to work through real-life case studies. (Prerequisites for this class can be found at
Full course details are available at
The “Forensic Genealogy Practicum” offers practical, real-life experience. Students will leave the course having written a marketing plan and a contract for their business. They will work a real forensic case from start to finish and be introduced to genetic genealogy.  
Courses are expected to fill, so early registration is encouraged at
About CAFG
Established in 2011, the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) is a business league with a professional membership dedicated to the advancement of forensic genealogy, which is research, analysis, and reporting in cases with legal implications. CAFG promotes high standards of professional and ethical conduct, provides education and training opportunities, and assists in professional development though mentorship, full membership, credentialing, and awarding of fellowships. Learn more at
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