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A new book, co-authored by Michael S. Ramage, JD CG, and Catherine B. W. Desmarais, CG, is now available for pre-order.

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Military DNA Identification Lectures Announced

Will you be attending the Forensic Genealogy Institute March 24-29 in Dallas, Texas? If you haven’t signed up yet, these two new lectures announced today are even more reason to attend. I’ve heard these lectures when I attended a Family Update Meeting last summer as part of my work researching US Army military repatriation cases, and they are terrific. Here is the press release from CAFG:

The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) is pleased to announce a special guest presenter at the 2014 Forensic Genealogy Institute. James J. Canik, Deputy Director, Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL), Armed Forces Medical Examiner System, will present two sessions during the Advanced Track, immediately following Forensic Techniques for Genetic Genealogy by Debbie Parker Wayne, CG (sm).

Early Rutland Court Records Coming to Vermont State Archives!

Breaking news! (Remember, you heard it here first, gang.)

Some very early Vermont court records previously inaccessible to researchers are coming to the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration (VSARA) in Middlesex. These records have been in storage in Rutland, and cover the time period from the establishment of Vermont’s court system in 1778 through 1945.

Vermont Church Records at the State Archives

Church records are probably one of the most under-utilized sources by Vermont historians and genealogists. Many researchers are not aware that the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration (VSARA) has a sizable collection of church records on microfilm. In order to make the titles in VSARA collection more easily searchable for myself and other researchers, I transcribed the church record films in their card catalog into the following table.

CAFG proud to assist Purple Hearts Reunited

On this Memorial Day weekend the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) is proud to announce our partnership with Purple Hearts Reunited as CAFG’s newest Volunteer Initiative Program. Capt. Zachariah Fike of the Vermont Army National Guard has established Purple Hearts Reunited, Inc., a non-profit organization that “rescues” lost or stolen Purple Heart medals and returns them to the family of the serviceman/woman who earned them. …