Step into the 21st century with your photo identification! Every bit of a photograph – the thickness, the edges, the shape, and yes, even the image, can help you identify it. It’s not only what you look at in a photo, it’s how you look at it that counts. Clues lurk in the most unusual places, you just have to find them. Even the most mundane items– the weather, the direction of traffic on a street, can be the clue that can solve a photo-mystery.
Colleen has written cover articles on forensic photo identification for Ancestry, Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, and Family Tree Magazine, and for many years wrote a regular column on photoidentification for Ancestry Magazine. Her weekly photo quizzes on www.forensicgenealogy.info attract fans from all over the world. She has also been a feature writer on puzzling out photos for GAMES Magazine.
Colleen’s most recent book The Dead Horse Investigation: Forensic Photo Analysis for Everyone has become the book to have for photo identification. Readers are surprised at the innovative ways it offers of identifying old photographs – many that you have likely never considered before.
After attending this talk, you will never look at your old photos the same way again!
About our Speaker
Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, is a well-known Forensic Genealogist who consultants for major military and civilian organizations. She has been a key member of the AFDIL (Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory) team on the identification of the frozen arm and hand found in the wreckage of Northwest Flight 4422 that crashed in Alaska in 1948; the identification was featured worldwide in the print media and on MSNBC. She also worked with AFDIL on the identification of the remains of the Unknown Child of the Titanic. She has consulted on the Misha Defonseca case, in which the author of the international bestseller Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust (known in Europe as Surviving with Wolves) was exposed as a fraud. Colleen is now the forensic genealogist for the possible discovery of the remains of Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan on Gardener Island in the Pacific. Because she is highly multi-lingual with extensive international travel experience, she consults with county medical examiners and investment companies with an emphasis on international searches.
Colleen received her PhD in nuclear physics and her MS in physics from Duke University in Durham, NC. She received her BA in physics from Rice University. In the course of her scientific career, she taught at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, was a Member of the Technical Staff at Rockwell International, Seal Beach, CA, went on to work as a Senior Scientist at Spectron Development Laboratories in Costa Mesa, CA. In 1989 when she was laid off at the beginning of the aerospace downturn, Colleen founded her own high-tech optics company Rice Systems in her garage, through which she contracted with NASA, The US Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and other government and civilian organizations. In 2005 Rice Systems was chosen to design the sensors on the Jupiter Icy Moon Orbiter (JIMO) project, the next spacecraft to Jupiter. When the program was canceled in favor of a lunar probe, Colleen retired temporarily, only to become the author of three of the best-selling books in genealogy, and a world-famous forensic genealogist.