Lauren Robilliard recently completed her certification in DNA and Genetic Genealogy through the International Institute of Genealogical Studies and continues her studies working on her Canadian Records Certificate. Lauren’s business: www.laurensgeneticgenealogy.ca focusses on using DNA testing along with traditional genealogy methods to find the answers to her client’s questions.
Lauren currently volunteers with the Toronto Police Service assisting with identification of John and Jane Doe cases. She was part of the team who successfully identified the body of a man found in a stairwell. Lauren shares how the team solved the person’s identity:
“I joined the small team in late April. We used genetic genealogy to identify this Doe through the genealogical websites law enforcement are allowed to access — FamilyTreeDNA and Gedmatch, and used matches that opted into sharing their DNA with law enforcement.
From there, we all used various genealogical methods and sources, such as building family trees, finding common ancestors between matches, using X DNA inheritance, obituaries, and social media to build out Doe’s family tree. Then we narrow it back down to find Doe’s closer relatives. These individuals helped confirm his identity. Although it’s sad for his family, we are glad to give them closure about their loved one.”
Watch the CBC feature, The story of the John Doe:
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