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Identifinders Assists Orange County DA's Office in Solving the Oldest Jane Doe Case in the County

By |2020-07-23T14:18:20-07:00July 23rd, 2020|

Identifinders International is honored to have assisted the Orange County District Attorney's office in solving the oldest Doe case in Orange County.  In March 1968, a woman was discovered badly beaten, raped, and with her throat slashed in a field in Huntington Beach, CA.  All attempts to determine her identity failed until May 2020 when [...]

DNA-The Next Big Gold Rush?

By |2017-05-29T18:05:24-07:00May 29th, 2017|

The discovery of gold at Sutters Mill, CA in 1848 promised untold wealth for those who had the resources and stamina to outlast the competition.  At the dawn of the California Gold Rush, there were no laws governing property rights; prospectors depended on a system of staking claims to protect their discoveries. Early prospectors did well, earning many times [...]

Big Business or Big Brother?

By |2017-05-02T15:03:30-07:00May 2nd, 2017|

At the recent American Academy of Forensic Science meeting in New Orleans, I attended the workshop The Opiate Crisis, Dirty Bombs, Big Data/Big Problems, and Driverless Cars:  On the Leading Edge of Forensic Science - 2017 Theoretical Forensic Sciences "Think Tank".  It seemed like a good session to discover where forensic research is going, aside from the serious look [...]

Who Am I? What is My Name? – Part XII – Taking Stock

By |2016-12-08T18:31:58-08:00December 8th, 2016|

Pnina and her daughters. INTRODUCTION As with all research projects, there have been so many zigzags in this story, it's only reasonable to take a break to take stock of where we are in solving the puzzle of Pnina's identity.  We haven't solved all the mysteries yet, but we know so much more [...]

Who Am I? What Is My Name? Part XI – Berlin, Warsaw, and the German Soldier

By |2016-11-08T23:02:11-08:00November 8th, 2016|

I recently traveled to Berlin and Warsaw to personally research in the various German and Polish archives.  My hope was to find more information about Gertrude Priess-Spiro and her circle of acquaintance and friends, towards the goal of finding the birth identity of Pnina Gutman, whom she helped smuggle from the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942.  I feel [...]

For Immediate Release – Grant from the Elie Wiesel Jewish Studies Center, Boston University

By |2016-11-07T16:42:13-08:00November 7th, 2016|

The Center for Professional Education at Boston University has been awarded a competitive grant from Jewish Cultural Endowment Fund of the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies to hold a one-day workshop "Holocaust Survival and Reunion Stories:  Separating Fact from Fiction Using Genealogical Research Techniques". The workshop will be conducted by internationally recognized forensic genealogist Colleen [...]

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