GEDmatch

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GEDmatch is an open data personal genomics database and genealogy website based in Lake Worth, Florida, US. The website gained significant media coverage in April 2018 after it was used by law enforcement to identify a suspect in the Golden State Killer case in California.wikipedia
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Genealogical DNA test

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GEDmatch users could upload their autosomal DNA test data from commercial DNA companies, with or without a GEDCOM file, to identify potential relatives who had also uploaded their profiles.
Many transferred their test result for free to multiple testing sites, and also to genealogical services such as Geni.com and GEDmatch.

Roy Charles Waller

DNA evidence from crime scenes were matched on GEDmatch to a relative of Waller, and he was identified through genetic genealogy.

Murder of Bobby Whitt and Myoung Hwa Cho

Robert “Bobby” Adam WhittBobby WhittJohn Russell Whitt
They remained unidentified until they were both identified using GEDmatch in early 2019.

Golden State Killer

Joseph James DeAngeloOriginal Night StalkerEast Area Rapist
The website gained significant media coverage in April 2018 after it was used by law enforcement to identify a suspect in the Golden State Killer case in California.
Identification of DeAngelo had begun four months earlier when officials, led by detective Paul Holes, uploaded the killer's DNA profile from a Ventura County rape kit to the personal genomics website GEDmatch.

Personal genomics

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GEDmatch is an open data personal genomics database and genealogy website based in Lake Worth, Florida, US.
These arrests were based on the personal genomics uploaded to an open-source database, GEDmatch, which allowed investigators to compare DNA recovered from crime scenes to the DNA uploaded to the database by relatives of the suspect.

Barbara Rae-Venter

Rae-Venter utilized GEDmatch, and provided structure to the team's genetic search efforts.

Parabon NanoLabs

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In cooperation with American law enforcement organizations, Parabon NanoLabs started uploading DNA evidence from crime scenes to GEDmatch in an attempt to identify perpetrators.
In cooperation with American law enforcement, Parabon uploaded DNA evidence from crime scenes to GEDmatch in an attempt to identify perpetrators.

Combined DNA Index System

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White people are overrepresented on GEDmatch, and are believed to be underrepresented in CODIS, the FBI's collection of DNA samples pulled from crime scenes, arrestees and criminal suspects.

Family Tree DNA

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Also in December 2018, Family Tree DNA allowed law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, to upload DNA profiles from crime scenes to help solve cold crimes.

Murder of Mary Silvani

Mary SilvaniJames Richard CurrySheep Flats Jane Doe
The Washoe County Sheriff's Office announced her identity on May 7, 2019, and said that Silvani was identified through DNA analysis and genetic genealogy, with assistance from the DNA Doe Project and GEDmatch.

DNA Doe Project

Anaheim Jane DoeDana LowreyAlfred Jake Fuller
Two genealogical researchers, Dr. Colleen M. Fitzpatrick and Margaret Press, started the DNA Doe Project in 2017 to identify unknown bodies using GEDmatch.
The two, along with many volunteers, use genetic and traditional genealogy sources in conjunction with DNA from unidentified victims and working with local law enforcement agencies to build family trees through GEDmatch, a free public DNA database.

Joseph Newton Chandler III

Robert Nichols (identity thief)
In 2018, Fitzpatrick and Press's organization DNA Doe Project used autosomal SNP analysis, with bioinformatics analysis of the DNA results performed by Full Genomes Corporation, and the use of GEDmatch, a public personal genomics database, to find DNA matches, to identify Chandler as an engineering draftsman from New Albany, Indiana, named Robert Ivan Nichols.

Rock County John Doe

John Clinton Doe
At the request of the local law enforcement, in 2018 the DNA Doe Project took on case in collaboration with NCMEC, Fulgent Genetics, Aerodyne Research Inc., and Full Genomes Corporation and attempted to identify the body by using autosomal DNA, the web site GEDmatch and genetic genealogy to trace relatives.

Open data

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GEDmatch is an open data personal genomics database and genealogy website based in Lake Worth, Florida, US.

Lake Worth Beach, Florida

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GEDmatch is an open data personal genomics database and genealogy website based in Lake Worth, Florida, US.

The Atlantic

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Other law enforcement agencies started using GEDmatch for violent crimes, making it "the de facto DNA and genealogy database for all of law enforcement," according to The Atlantics Sarah Zhang.

GEDCOM

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GEDmatch users could upload their autosomal DNA test data from commercial DNA companies, with or without a GEDCOM file, to identify potential relatives who had also uploaded their profiles.

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Murder

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