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Forensic genealogist speaking in Decatur

Published 12:56pm Tuesday, August 13, 2013

DECATUR — Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society (VBRGS) is pleased to present “Becoming a Forensic Genealogist: a modern approach to family history research” at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26.

Forensic genealogy does not replace traditional genealogical research methods, it enhances them. It is the approach that both the legal profession and law enforcement have found very useful and it is now nicknamed “CSI Meets Roots.”

For example, photographs, databases and DNA, three important sources of genealogical information, can yield much more information when examined using forensic techniques.

Chriss Lyon is currently a public safety professional, but she is also an author, historian, researcher and genealogist.

Recently she worked on two high-profile mysteries where forensic genealogy was utilized and she will describe that process.

She has been able to uncover little-known facts surrounding the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre using both traditional investigative research and forensic genealogy and has given programs at area schools, museums, genealogical and historical societies presenting those newly uncovered facts.

A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

Nationally, Chriss has appeared in an episode of the PBS series, “History Detectives,” as well as documentaries on the National Geographic Channel, Investigation Discovery Channel and the Travel Channel.

The meeting takes place in the community room of Webster Memorial Library, 200 N. Phelps St., Decatur.

As always, programs are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Ann Flora at (269) 684-1353 or



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