About The Book

A native of south Louisiana with deep Cajun roots, Shera turned to the Ancestry-dot-com website to learn more about her family tree after the death of her grandfather-and discovered a life-changing new passion.

Now a popular lecturer and professional genealogist who has completed over seventy-five cases where adoptees or people of uknown parentage were reunited with their families, Shera was praised by the League City, Texas, Police Department for helping solve de decades-old “Killing Fields” murder case.

Available Fall 2020!

About the Author

A native of Kaplan, Louisiana, Shera Broussard LaPoint has deep Cajun roots and treasures good family relationships and the time she’s able to spend with not just immediate family, but cousins up and down her family tree. In fact, it was the death of her grandfather in 2003 that led Shera to visit the Ancestry.com website to learn more about her own heritage.

What she found not only led to a keen interest in genealogy, but over time the doting grandmother and bookkeeper for her optometrist-husband’s successful practice learned so much about genetic genealogy that she played a key role in helping sovle a decades-old murder case. 


Shera LaPoint also know as The Gene Hunter, is a genetic genealogist with a passion for bringing families together and helping law enforcement agencies solve crimes. Armed with a wealth of knowledge about DNA testing, she will break down brick walls standing in your way – she’ll find the connections you haven’t found yet and build your family tree.

Along the way, she’ll offer crucial guidance on which DNA tests are best for you based on exactly what you’re looking for.

The Hunting is well aware that knowing one’s roots is an important part of personal identity. This is why she works so hard to help clients find their parents, even when they have no idea where to begin and who came before them – this service is especially helpful to adoptees. It’s also of tremendous help in solving criminal cases, and The Gene Hunter has made quite a name for herself with law enforcement as a genetic investigator.

The Gene Hunter is available to teach basic genealogy and DNA classes to groups of any size in a highly interactive format – you’ll be absolutely riveted. Ready to learn more? Schedule The Gene Hunter for your next event.

Video Content

Watch and listen to Shera discuss key concepts and stories from The Gene Hunter!

Solving Crime Through Genealogy

The DNA that is in the systems that police used is a system called CODIS, the Combined DNA Index System. Now, there’s actually three levels for that. There is a local state and national level. So, if someone is arrested and depending on what state they’re in, their DNA is tested.

Investigative Genetic Genealogy

One of the most fascinating things to me that have happened in the last few years is the use of DNA in what’s called Investigative Genetic Genealogy. It is now possible and it is being used to solve major crimes. And one of the amazing stats that I came across was the fact that there are over

Genealogical Ghost Hunt: Princess Blue

A very interesting case that I’m working is an unidentified body that is known as Princess Blue. She was found in 1990 on the side of a road. A gentleman stopped to relieve himself, and found the bones of this young woman on the side of the road near Manvel, Texas.

News & Podcasts

Watch and listen to Shera discuss key concepts and stories from The Gene Hunter!

February 11, 2020

Shera joins Nance Grace to discuss: Florida authorities have captured a registered sex offender who may be responsible for a series of rapes during the 1980s. Suspect Robert Koehler is accused of terrorizing over a dozen women while wearing a pillowcase to hide his face.

February 4, 2020

Shera joins Nance Grace to discuss: Gorgeous New York women Eve Wilkowitz was just 20 years old when someone brutally mardured her and left her on a front lawn in 1980. Eve’s sister has vowed to never give up until the killer is caught.

December 6, 2020

Nearly 28 years after two young boys discovered the body of 16-year old Sarah Yarborough, a suspect is in custody. Police say Sarah was raped, strangled and killed, then left in a secluded, wooded area. Suspect Patrick Leon Nicholas claims innocence.

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