Genealogists’ perspectives on the use of investigative genetic genealogyShow full item record
|Genealogists’ perspectives on the use of investigative genetic genealogy
|Diazgonsen, Laritza E.
|Master of Science
|A new investigative tool, investigative genetic genealogy (IGG), combines traditional investigative techniques, DNA, and genealogy to identify the perpetrators of sexual assaults, exonerate falsely accused individuals, and identify human remains. IGG gained national attention with the arrest of the “Golden State Killer” in April 2018. This qualitative study examines genealogists’ perspectives on the use of IGG. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight participants, two of whom had experience using IGG. Results showed overall support for IGG when used with informed consent or legal process and in solving violent crimes; nevertheless, some participants expressed concerns with misuse, misidentification, consent, privacy, and confidentiality. To continue to be used, the public needs to be informed, skilled genealogists must be used, law enforcement needs to follow policy, and challenges in court and legislation will continue to set adequate policy.
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