Friday, June 06, 2008

Forensic Genealogy Lessons for every one

DearREADERS,
You will recall that Sharon Sergeant was a guest on DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour genealogy podcast 26 Feb 2008 the very week that the breakthrough occurred with the Misha Defonseca holocaust fraud case.

Now Sharon has created a DVD titled Forensic Genealogy Lessons for Your Own Family History, available at a nominal cost for presentation at your local genealogy society meeting. She distributed the following text through a variety of public genealogy mailing lists, faithfully reproduced here for Ol' Myrt's DearREADERS:

The Misha Defonseca Holocaust Fraud:
Forensic Genealogy Lessons for Your Own Family History


The research methods used in exposing the Misha Defonseca Holocaust Fraud case can provide many lessons for any family history researcher in forensic genealogy techniques.

An overview of this case and those lessons was presented at the Massachusetts Genealogical Council Annual Meeting and Seminar in April 2008 by Sharon Sergeant.
http://www.massgencouncil.com

A film of that presentation is now available to any Public Access Television station, genealogical society or library as long as the program is free and open to the public. This film was produced by David T. Robertson and the Framingham, Massachusetts Public Access Televison station.
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x1192322374/Uncovering-hidden-truths-Framingham-man-documents-the-exposure-of-a-fraud


Ordering
Email
robertson.d@rcn.com or call 508-620-8947 to order a DVD for a Public Access Television station, genealogical society or library program. The fee for the DVD production and mailing is $10. There is no limit to the number of times the film may be shown, as long as the program is free and open to the public.

Presentation Outline:

The Misha Defonseca Holocaust Fraud:
Forensic Genealogy Lessons for Your Own Family History

  • Connecting the Right Dots ………… Names, dates, places, events, relationships and activities can create many stories. The true story can be mixed in with other stories.
  • Forensic Genealogy in the Defonseca Case Study:
  • Photograph Analysis
  • Database Mining
  • DNA Analysis
  • Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust Years By Misha Defonseca.
  • The Story that Misha Told - According to Misha in the 1997 US Version.
  • Misha also published a 1997 best selling French Version “Survivre avec les Loups” (Surviving with the Wolves).
  • In the US 10 Years Later. Finding the Truth - Real Hidden Children; US
  • Public Records; Story Changes; Other Experts; Belgian Archives.
  • Photo Time Line Focus: Real Name, Age and Family?
  • Data Mining: Negative and Positive Proofs in the Data Time Line.
  • The Truth Revealed: Belgian baptismal certificate, naming patterns,
    school records.
  • What if Misha had not confessed? Planning for DNA analysis.
  • Forensic Techniques Can Change the Way You Research Your Own Family History.

The Framingham Public Access Television station will premiere the film June 6-8, 2008.
http://209.6.151.18:8080/Cablecast/Plugins/WebSchedule/print.aspx?ChannelID=3&Length=30&Buttons=Generate

Basically Sharon and her team used sound genealogy research techniques to uncover the fraud. This is an excellent case study for genealogists of all experience levels.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.
Myrt@DearMYRTLE.com
http://blog.DearMYRTLE.com

© 2008 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.

This and previous blog entries are fully searchable by going to
http://blog.DearMYRTLE.com. Myrt welcomes queries and research challenges, but regrets she is unable to answer each personally.

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