Registration is now open for “Drafted, Deserted, and Volunteered: A Comprehensive Study of your Civil War Ancestors,” with Michael L. Strauss, AG. The course will be held on two consecutive Saturdays, 3 and 10 October 2015. The Plus option is also available for this course.
Historians and genealogists alike have studied the Civil War for many years. It has become very popular to visit battlefields to watch reenactments and see where you ancestors fought. These lectures focus on records and research strategies that will aid genealogists in obtaining more information about a civil war soldier and the organizations in which they served.
When examining Civil War sources, Compiled Service Records focused on the life of your ancestors while in service. Post war records of the Reconstruction Era emphasized how our nation sought to come together again. Discover how each of your family members was affected by the war, whether they provided aid to wounded soldiers on the battlefield, trod the quarterdeck of an ironclad, or remained on the home front with the civilian population. Discover how the war changed their lives.
Michael L. Strauss, AG, is an professional Accredited Genealogist for the Eastern States Region with the International Commission of Accredited Professional Genealogists (ICAPGEN) and a national genealogical lecturer. A native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Virginia, He has been an avid genealogist for more than 35 years. Strauss holds a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran. He currently serves as President of the Virginia Beach Genealogical Society and is a licensed Private Investigator in Virginia and qualified expert witness in probate/estate matter in court in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Virginia. Additionally he is an approved genealogist with the United States Army to locate DNA qualified persons MIA from Korea, Vietnam, and World War II. In 2012 Michael Strauss was the film historian for the 2014 film “Finding Vivian Maier” where he was interviewed. Michael has been involved in Civil War reenacting for more than 25 years, serving in two units, namely; the 99th New York Infantry and Battery A., 5th U.S. Artillery. He most recently took part in the 150th Anniversaries of the Battle of Gettysburg and the Battle of Cedar Creek.