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Introducing Vera Shpolyansky, Advanced Member

by CAFG on 04/02/14

The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy is pleased to announce their newest advanced member, Vera Shpolyansky. She is a full time, professional genealogist. Vera has been a researcher since 1996, and is a current member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 

She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in the English language and literature, and a Master of Arts Degree in the English language. She is fluent in Russian and understands many Slav languages. From time to time, Vera conducts lectures in local libraries for amateur genealogists.

Vera serves provincial government agencies, law offices and banks in probate matters specializing in locating missing beneficiaries and unknown heirs in Western and Eastern Europe. She is extremely passionate about her work and dreams of writing a novel based on the material that she works on a daily basis.

Vera operates VS Probate and Overseas Research. Her website can be found at

We look forward to getting to know Vera better. 

Introducing Claire B. Brisson-Banks, BS, MLIS AG®

by CAFG on 03/19/14

We would like to introduce one of our newest Associate Members of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy. 

Claire V. Brisson-Banks, BS, MLIS AG®, is a Rhode Island native and 2010 graduate of San Jose State University, accredited in England and Mountain States Research, and writer. She is the author of "The Social Media Guide for Ancestral Research: Using Web 2.0 Strategies". Areas of expertise are Technological Advances in Family History and Genealogy, US, England, Canada, Brick Wall Solutions and Involving Youth in Family History and Genealogy. She is a past RI Family History Director who has researched and lectured onsite in the US, UK and Australia. She was previously a British Research Consultant and Technology Specialist at the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. She has her own business, Timeless Genealogies, does private research and sells personal history books on CD's at She writes for multiple publications and is currently the 2nd V.P. for ICAPGen and a Board Member for ISBGFH and belongs to many organizations. When not doing Family History, she is a member of the choral group, Sterling Singers and loves spending time with her family, reading and writing or enjoying a good movie. We look forward to getting to know Claire better!

2015 Forensic Genealogy Institute

by CAFG on 03/03/14

Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) has set the dates for the 2015 Forensic Genealogy Institute.  Foundations in Forensic Genealogy will be March 23-25.  The advanced track will be March 26-28.  The annual Institute is held at the Dallas Wyndham Love Field.  More details will be announced soon.

2014 Advanced Track of Forensic Genealogy Institute has filled

by CAFG on 03/03/14

On March 2, CAFG added five seats to the Advanced Track to meet the high demand for the course.  Those additional seats filled within two hours of the social media announcements.  CAFG is now accepting wait list registrations for the Advanced Track and full registrations for the Foundations in Forensic Genealogy. Only a few seats remain in Foundations.  Foundations is a prerequisite for the advanced course.  Those who attend Foundations this year will be eligible for the next Advanced.

Forensic Genealogy Institute - 4 Seats Added to Advanced Track

by CAFG on 03/01/14

The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy is pleased to announce that 4 additional seats have been added for the Advanced Track of the Forensic Genealogy Institute, March 27-29 in Dallas. Part of what appeals to people about an institute vs a conference is the small class size and opportunities for individual interaction. The Forensic Genealogy Institute offers access to all the instructors, all day during the Institute. 

The Board felt that the number of seats could be expanded slightly to meet the high demand while still maintaining the institute atmosphere. Up to nine instructors will be available daily to students throughout the Advanced Track. 

Seats are still available for Foundations in Forensic Genealogy, March 24-26. Once the four remaining seats fill for the Advanced Track, CAFG will create a waiting list for that track and only offer registration for the Foundations track.

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