November 2017 EPWA Meeting: Techniques of Forensic Genealogy and Investigative Research

  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • The Heritage Center, 601 Main Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

Registration is closed
Meeting Chairwoman: 

Kim Jorgensen Gane

EPWA President & Communications Chair

Techniques of Forensic Genealogy and Investigative Research


Chriss Lyon, Local historian and author

Tuesday, November 14th

5:30p.m. Networking
6:00p.m. Presentation

Reservations Due by November 9th

Speaker Topic

Chriss Lyon, author of A Killing in Capone’s Playground, is a nationally recognized historical expert and speaker. Presenting Techniques of Forensic Genealogy and Investigative Research, she will share her methods used to uncover little known facts about the people and events surrounding the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. These are the same techniques she uses to assist in forensic investigations across the country. Chriss has presented her program at schools, museums, genealogical, and historical societies, and EPWA is delighted to welcome her as the featured speaker for our November 2017 meeting. Find Chriss on Instagram @lyonchriss, Twitter @chrisslyon and @CaponePlaygroun, Facebook Chriss Lyon and Chriss Lyon – Author.

Speaker Biography

For over twenty years, local public safety professional and author Chriss Lyon has walked the beat and shot the most famous Thompson submachine guns in the world, all while documenting and researching the historic era of the “Roaring Twenties.” Chriss’ passion in Prohibition-era gangsters, maritime, and aviation history as well as historical weather has afforded opportunities to write articles for various magazines and journals and assist other authors with historical research. A graduate of Grand Valley State University’s Film/Video School, Chriss began working behind the scenes at CNN Headline News but now is out in front of the camera. She has appeared in an episode of the PBS series, “History Detectives” as well as documentaries on the National Geographic Channel, Travel Channel, and Investigation Discovery Channel. 


The Heritage Center, 601 Main Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085


Traveling on Main Street St Joseph you will turn East onto Market Street. There is street parking available or you can use the lot on the corner of Market Street and Court Street.

Evening Cost

$25 (Members and Visitors) Late reservations or payment at door will incur extra $10 fee.


At the venue, Chilis will be catering. Entrees are Ancho Salmon and Margarita Chicken with steamed broccoli, loaded mashed potatoes and salad. Adult Beverages are BYO.

Questions? Reach Jo Ann Bertrand by email at

If paying by mail, please remember that you still need to make your reservation on the EPWA website.

Send payment to: EPWA c/o Jo Ann Bertrand
902 Eagle Point Drive
St. Joseph, MI 49085
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