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Monday, October 12, 2009

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by Stephanie Potter

CSI: New Jersey? Sheriff uses fingerprints to bust alleged vandal 10-03-09
In the second report, on Sept 4., Sheriff's Detective Gerald Reap was able to collect latent fingerprints from two stripper containers found near the scene ...

SC inmate found guilty of threatening president
WMBF 10-06-09
Wilkins says Abebe's fingerprints were on both documents. Abebe is serving a 12-year sentence for drug possession and assaulting a prison employee. ...

Fingerprints left behind leads sheriff's deputies to Rancho ...
San Bernardino Sun 10-06-09
After gathering evidence and fingerprints following a burglary, sheriff's deputies arrested a woman they contend is responsible for the break in. ...

Police connect invisible man to break-ins 10-07-09
The only thing authorities had on him was a mounting number of fingerprint matches — taken from when he was first arrested years ago — from multiple ...

Alleged bank robber left behind fingerprints on note
Orlando Sentinel 10-09-09
Investigators in Volusia County today said a man who robbed a bank last week in Deltona left behind a note with important clues: fingerprints. ...

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Stephanie Potter submits the following Funny Fingerprint Find:

"Finger prints are pretty cool. You have them on your fingers, palms, toes and souls."

Last week

we looked at Drs. Lyn and Ralph Haber's response to my comments on their written congressional testimony.


This week

we see the first available chapters of the Fingerprint Sourcebook.


NIJ publishes the first 2 chapters of the Fingerprint Sourcebook online

by International Association for Identification, et al.
September 2009

The Fingerprint Sourcebook is the definitive guide to the science of fingerprint identification.

It was created by experts from the International Association for Identification.

The Sourcebook will be published in stages. Select a link below to view the available chapters. (Sign up to receive an e-mail update whenever NIJ releases a new chapter, or any new publication.)

  • Chapter 1: History (pdf, 18 pages)
    By Jeffery G. Barnes
  • Chapter 2: Anatomy and Physiology of Adult Friction Ridge Skin
  • Chapter 3: Embryology, Physiology, and Morphology

  • Chapter 4: Recording Living and Postmortem Friction Ridge Skin Exemplars (pdf, 18 pages)
    By Brent T. Cutro, Sr.

  • Chapter 5: Systems of Friction Ridge Classification

  • Chapter 6: AFIS

  • Chapter 7: Latent Print Development

  • Chapter 8: The Preservation of Friction Ridge Information

  • Chapter 9: Examination Methodology

  • Chapter 10: Documentation of Friction Ridge Impressions: From the Scene to the Conclusion

  • Chapter 11: Equipment

  • Chapter 12: Quality Assurance

  • Chapter 13: Fingerprints and the Law

  • Chapter 14: Scientific Research in the Forensic Discipline of Friction Ridge Individualization

  • Chapter 15: Special Abilities and Vulnerabilities in Forensic Expertise


Chapter 1: HISTORY (pdf, 18 pages)

Jeffery G. Barnes




1.1 Introduction

The long story of that inescapable mark of identity has been told and retold for many years and in many ways. On the palm side of each person’s hands and on the soles of each person’s feet are prominent skin features that single him or her out from everyone else in the world. These features are present in friction ridge skin which leaves behind impressions of its shapes when it comes into contact with an object. The impressions from the last finger joints are known as fingerprints. Using fingerprints to identify individuals has become commonplace, and that identification role is an invaluable tool worldwide.


What some people do not know is that the use of friction ridge skin impressions as a means of identification has been around for thousands of years and has been used in several cultures. Friction ridge skin impressions were used as proof of a person’s identity in China perhaps as early as 300 B.C., in Japan as early as A.D. 702, and in the United States since 1902.


1.2 Ancient History

1.3 221 B.C. to A.D. 1637

1.4 17th and 18th Centuries

1.5 19th Century

1.6 20th Century

1.7 Conclusion

1.8 Reviewers

1.9 References

1.10 Additional Information



Jeffery G. Barnes




4.1 Introduction

The skin is both the largest organ and the first line of protection in the human body. Completely covering the body from head to toe, the skin is primarily consistent in nature everywhere except for the areas covering the palmar surfaces of the fingers and hands and the plantar surfaces of the toes and feet. The skin on these areas is referred to as friction ridge skin. Obtaining legible recordings of these areas of skin is crucial for subsequent comparisons to latent impressions recovered from crime scenes, for comparison against previous records, or for input into automated fingerprint identification systems (AFIS).


Inked prints, record prints, standards, and exemplars are all terms that are used to describe the recording of these unique details.


4.2 Equipment

4.3 Recording Fingerprints, Palmprints, and Footprints of Living Subjects

4.4 Recording Postmortem Friction Ridge Detail   

4.5 Summary

4.6 Reviewers

4.7 References



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