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Consultation & Instruction

Consultation

Our team includes experts in forensic genealogy, instructional design and biological anthropology. In addition to our genealogical analysis services, we can provide consultation on the use of forensic genealogy for either unidentified remains or unidentified perpetrator DNA.  We can help you through the laboratory process of obtaining what is needed for genealogical analysis from different sample types depending on what is available in your case.  Please contact us to inquire about how we can help your department begin to clear cases using the latest DNA technology.  Private case consultation for traditional genealogy/genetic genealogy for adoptees etc is available upon request.

Anthropology Consultation 

Analysis of bone (and suspected bone) is an important component of many forensic cases. Anthropologists and genealogists can work collaboratively toward identification. Dr. Michael has extensive forensic and archaeological case experience. Contact her at amy.michael@unh.edu to discuss cases involving known or suspected bone. 

NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act)

In the United States, Native American remains are protected by law. Dr. Michael has analyzed skeletal remains in Michigan, Iowa, Idaho, and New Hampshire as part of repatriation projects. Organizations needing skeletal analysis as part of NAGPRA projects are encouraged to contact Dr. Michael for assistance. 

Instruction

We are available to present informational talks or hands-on educational workshops about forensic genealogy and related topics to law enforcement agencies, universities, or at academic and genealogical events.  Please email us with questions or to make arrangements. If you would like a class or training created for your organization, department, or university, instructional design services are also available.

In Development: Forensic Genealogy Education

We are currently developing an immersive online platform for for forensic genealogy education.  If you are interested in more information or would like to apply to be a student intern, please email Anthony.

Further resources:

If you are working with a law enforcement agency and you wish to learn how to use forensic genealogy to work your own cases, please visit Forensic Genealogy Training For Law Enforcement.

Further Instruction

Dr. Amy Michael is available upon request for remote and in-person anthropology workshops or guest lectures. Email her at amy.michael@unh.edu to make a request. 

Public outreach and lectures 

Dr. Michael has lectured to Science on Tap groups, high school students, retiree organizations, and more! Her public outreach sessions include lectures on topics such as forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, ancient Maya culture, and historic archaeology. 

Mock burial training

Working with law enforcement at the state and federal level, Dr. Michael has designed mock excavation trainings using animal models and plastic skeletons. Participants learn the basics of archaeological excavation, burial analysis, and proper handling of remains. Law enforcement interested in this opportunity are welcome to contact for more details.

Anthropology workshops 

Half or full-day workshops can help students and professionals learn the principles of skeletal biology that are useful for forensic and archaeological analysis. Dr. Michael has designed workshops on human/non-human bone identification, microstructural bone analysis, dental anthropology, and biological profile training.