Colleen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., is the author of two of the
best-selling books in genealogy. Forensic Genealogy has been
widely recognized for its innovative forensic science approach
to genealogical research. She has been featured on NPR's Talk
of the Nation radio program (July 2005), and has written cover
articles for Internet Genealogy (June 2006), Family Tree
Magazine (April 2006) and Family Chronicle (October 2005).
Colleen writes a regular column for Ancestry magazine.
DNA & Genealogy was commissioned by Family Tree DNA
for its Second Conference on Genetic Genealogy in November
Andy Yeiser studied physics at MIT and University of
California, Berkeley, but switched to computer engineering
early on. He gave up aerospace and teaching at UCLA to start
his own multi-disciplinary company. He sold it and retired to
assignments as an engineering consultant with the United
Nations in Turkey, Iran, Egypt, India, Nigeria, Austria,
Guyana, Malaysia, Yugoslavia, and many other countries. In
Kinshasa, Zaire when having difficulties boarding a flight to
Goma, Andy was surprised to get help from Idi Amin. When
Andy thanked him, Mr. Amin replied, “No problem. Just call
me Idi.” Andy considers this period of his life as 30 years of paid vacation.
Andy's interest in science was rekindled in Colleen Fitzpatrick's optics lab and is now
focused on DNA & genetics. Andy also consults on engineering and business
management from his base in Huntington Beach, CA.
Andy was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and spent summers with his grandfather in
Nehawka. He traces his family to eight signators of the Magna Carta.
2005, and has been called by readers as “the ideal handbook for anyone starting out in
genealogy using the DNA tools available” and “the book to get for someone starting or
running a surname project.” Colleen consults with television and documentary
production companies on Forensic Genealogy and DNA & Genealogy.
Colleen’s day job is as a recognized expert in high resolution optical measurement
techniques, with many years’ experience working for NASA and the National Science
Foundation. But in Forensic Genealogy and DNA & Genealogy, Colleen shows that
you don't have to be a rocket scientist to get the most from your genealogical materials.
As reviewed by Dick Eastman in Eastman's Online Genealogical Newsletter: “Now I
have had a chance to read through this book. I only wish that I had done so earlier . . .
All in all, Forensic Genealogy provides a fresh view of the many methods and objects
that genealogists have used for decades. This one is a "keeper." I enjoyed reading
Forensic Genealogy and suspect that you will also.”
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