London and Middlesex Branch – “The End of the Whodunit?: The Democratization of Cold Case Investigation & Rise of Forensic Investigative Genetic Genealogy (FIGG)”

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Date(s) - December 2, 2023
10:00 am - 11:30 am

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints


The London & Middlesex branch is pleased to invite you to join us on Saturday, December 2, 2023, at 10 am for our monthly hybrid event, with author and speaker, Dr. Michael Arntfield, who will be joining us in person. 

A bit about our Speaker:

Dr. Michael Arntfield is a Professor and interdisciplinary criminologist at Western University where he founded the Cold Case Society, an unsolved crimes think tank and study group that pairs students with unsolved homicide investigations using data from the Murder Accountability Project (, a second think tank in Washington DC where Dr. Arntfield serves as a Director.  

A previous Fulbright Chair at Vanderbilt University and a visiting professor across the world, Dr. Arntfield was named Western’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year and he has published over a dozen books on cold cases and other forensic topics. He regularly appears as a subject matter expert on several cable and network television series and, as a public advocate for the standardized use of Forensic Investigative Genetic Genealogy (FIGG) in cold case investigations, is now also an educational consultant for GEDMatch in San Diego. 

Dr. Arntfield previously served as a police officer and detective in London, Ontario for over fifteen years and maintains strong ties to law enforcement agencies globally.  


TED Talk on the Cold Case Society: 


This session will include: 

  • A brief history of the Western U Cold Case Society & Murder Accountability Project 
  • An overview of original “legacy” DNA technologies relied on by law enforcement (CODIS) 
  • The rise and fall of task forces relying on CODIS & how now to best define a “cold case” 
  • The disruption of CODIS by private sector labs and the corresponding rise of FIGG 
  • Legal and procedural questions regarding the role of genealogists in assisting police investigations: experts, tipsters, or witnesses? 

Registration is required for those planning to attend virtually. Attendance is free and open to all.

Link to register (virtual):

Once registered, a confirmation email will be sent with the meeting details.

For those attending in person, we invite you to stay after the meeting for refreshments and to socialize. The London Familysearch Library (formerly the Family History Centre), located in the building, will also be open until 1 pm to allow you to do some research.