Colleen M. Fitzpatrick
Colleen M. Fitzpatrick (born April 25, 1955) is an American forensic genealogist.
Fitzpatrick was born April 25, 1955 in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her BA in physics (1976) from Rice University, and her MA (1983) and PhD in nuclear physics (1983) from Duke University. She worked for 25 years on high resolution optical measurement techniques at Rockwell International and Spectron Development Laboratories, after which she founded the high technology optics company, Rice Systems. She is a Fellow of the Society of Photoinstrumentation Engineers (SPIE).
She was a member of the AFDIL team that identified the remains found in the wreckage of Northwest Flight 4422 that crashed in Alaska in 1948, worked on the Amelia Earhart Project, and was a member of the team that identified the remains of the Unknown Child of the RMS Titanic.
She also worked with Sharon Sergeant on the exposure of two false Holocaust memoirs, the Misha Defonseca hoax, and the Herman Rosenblat, Angel at the Fence fraud. rence for identifying remains found on Gardner Island in the Pacific Ocean.
- Forensic Genealogy, Fountain Valley, CA: Rice Book Press, 2005. ISBN 0-9767160-0-3
- with Andrew Yeiser, DNA and Genealogy, Fountain Valley, CA: Rice Book Press, 2005. ISBN 0-9767160-1-1
- The Dead Horse Investigation: Forensic Photo Analysis for Everyone, Fountain Valley, CA: Rice Book Press, 2008. ISBN 0-9767160-5-4
- "The Key is the Camera". The Desperate Genealogist's Idea Book: Creative Ways to Outsmart Your Elusive Ancestors. DeadFred.com. 2006. ISBN 1-4243-0209-9.
- U.S. Public Records Index, Vol. 2. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2010.
- SPIE. Complete List of SPIE Fellows
- MSNBC News. "Remains from 1948 plane crash identified"
- Fitzpatrick DNA Study
- Forensic Genealogy
- The Genetic Genealogist - Fitzpatrick interview