Odile Loreille is an ancient DNA expert who works at the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory in Rockville, MD. She has worked on some of the coolest identification project on earth: the Unknown Child, the Hand in the Snow, the Romanov children, and Evrett Reuss. Her true mission is to identify the 869 unidentified casualities of the Korean War buried in the Punchbowl Cemetery in Honolulu. Towards this end, she is developing new protocols to extract DNA from embalmed remains, and to detecdt and analyze smaller and smaller amounts of more highly degraded DNA. She specializes in mitochondrial DNA analysis, since this is usually the type of DNA that survives as remains become increasingly degraded.
When AFDIL attempted an identification through Y-DNA, I was asked by my colleague Dr. Odile Loreille to find a Y-DNA reference for Sidney Goodwin. We were just finishing up the identification of The Hand in the Snow, so she knew I was available for a new project. Of course, my first step was to search Ancestry.com to obtain information about the Goodwin genealogy. I immediately found Sidney's parents Frederick and Augusta in 1901 living in Middlesex with their four oldest children Lillian (5), Charles (4), William (2), and Jessie (1). Frederick was listed as a print compositer. Because Frederick and his sons perished on the Titanic, to find a Y-reference for the family I researched Frederick's [...]