So what are your thoughts on the forensic genealogy that's all the rage?
You probably remember the Golden State Killer case and how it was cracked. Three weeks after that another case was broken open . It is first trial of a cold case solved through forensic genealogy starts today in Washington. It was a double murder with DNA evidence from a rape but a strong suspect was never identified. Until police and DNA people used that DNA sample and matched it vs the DNA samples voluntarily submitted to a database called GEDMatch. From there they identified second cousin and a half first cousin. They used genealogy and interviews to work back up to a common ancestor and then down to the killer.
The GEDMatch database and at least one other like it contain about 1 million samples. These samples were from 23 and Me and other sites like that but the person had to voluntarily add their DNA to the GEDMatch. GEDMatch, and law enforcement, do not have access to everyone who has submitted to 23 and Me and the like. About 26 Million people have done that and only 1.2 Million have given their data to GEDMatch or similar databases.
So what does the GDB think of this new area of investigation? Are the courts going to strike it down? Is it a privacy invasion?