News Across My Desk

There have been some interesting items in my news feed I wanted to share with you this week

  • Forensic Genealogists Search For Lost Family: Forensic work can be tedious. There are a lot of us who love the chase, though. If you have questions about this work I welcome you to contact me directly or just add a comment to this blog.
  • DNA relative graphic: I love a good visual. Blaine T. Bettinger has a chart he has created to help you with your analysis.  This visual will tell you the “average percentage of atDNA shared with relatives.” It is found on page 94 of his new book, The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy. You can see it at Blaine’s website (2020 version) : 
  • Blaine’s other brand new book is being offered through National Genealogy Society. Blaine and Debbie Parker Wayne teamed up to produce, Genetic Genealogy in Practice. This book is a workbook to help you learn how to figure out the DNA relationships in your family tree. Both of these new books are receiving high marks in the reviews I’ve read thus far.


  • Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) still has a few seats left in the “The Coaching Lab: Forensic Genealogy from Inquiry to Affidavit” being taught by Catherine B.W. Desmarais, CG and Amber Goodpaster Tauscher. If you meet the requirements below and have an interest in forensic genealogy this class is not to be missed!
  • “Prerequisites: Forensic genealogy is not a beginner’s specialty. Students should have at least a year’s professional genealogy experience writing genealogical research reports for multiple paying clients before considering this course. The course is also appropriate for experienced forensic genealogists who wish to improve their skills and streamline their workflow. Students need to bring a laptop computer and possess solid word processing skills.”


Make sure that when you hire a professional genealogist you can find them online listed with a professional organization.  Most professional genealogists are members of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

 There are two credentialing bodies in genealogy:

  1. Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG)
  2. International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen)


Contact me:

If you have questions about locating missing heirs to your client’s estates please contact me. I’m more than happy to help you understand my process to locate the missing heirs to your case. Lawson Research Services LLC or Leslie@LawsonResearch.net