Genealogists love DNA. Many, if not most, of us have tested with more than one DNA company. Why? Because DNA not only allows us to learn about our early ethnic origins, it also allows us to match with other genealogists who share a common ancestor. Like crowdsourcing, this permits us to help each other, to share information that may help us in our ancestral quest.
Familial DNA is now being used by police to hopefully solve cold cases. Familial DNA is defined as
"A familial DNA search is a search by law enforcement in DNA databases for genetic information indicating a relative of a person they seek to identify."
Rockne Harmon, a forensic cold case specialist, defines familial DNA as "a two-phase process to
develop investigative leads to potentially identify close biological
relatives of the source of a DNA sample that carries an unknown forensic
Familial DNA is being used in UK and some states in the USA, and Harmon hopes to apply familial DNA to solve some Canadian cold cases. There are legal obstacles regarding current laws governing
Canada’s DNA databank which would have to be studied first.
The Ottawa Citizen has the full story at
Familial DNA searches could help crack Canadian cold cases