TxSGS 2016 Speaker Spotlight: Michael Strauss

2016 TxSGS Speaker Michael Strauss

We are thrilled to introduce you to one of the dynamic speakers teaching at our 2016 Family History Conference in Dallas Texas on October 28-30! Registration opened September 1st...grab your spot now!


About the Presenter

Michael L. Strauss, AG- is a professional Accredited Genealogist and a nationally recognized genealogical speaker. A native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Utah. He has been employed as a Forensic Genealogist for more nearly 25 years. Strauss holds a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran and a licensed Private Investigator in Virginia. He is a also a qualified expert witness in court in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Strauss is an approved genealogist with the United States Army to locate DNA qualified persons MIA from Korea, Vietnam, and World War II. Michael was the film historian for the 2014 film “Finding Vivian Maier” which was nominated for an Oscar for Documentaries in 2015. He 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 and most recently the Utah Living History Association.

Presenter Sessions

Refugees, Claims, and Conscription: Your Ancestors During the Reconstruction Era
The end of the Civil War in 1865, ushered in a period called the Reconstruction Era which ran from 1865-1877. Many little known and underused military and civilian genealogical resources representing our ancestors and their place in society have come from this period of time.

The New Deal: Putting Genealogists to Work
In 1933 several landmark programs of the Federal Government sought to provide relief to the masses of unemployed. The New Deal came in response to the Great Depression relying on the “3 R’s” “Relief, Recovery, and Reform” which documented the lives of our ancestors who may have sought help from the Government.

The Great War: Researching Your World War I Ancestors
Called the “War to End All Wars” this conflict had a global impact that affected many nations outside the United States. This lecture covers numerous genealogical material not affected by the devastating fire of 1973; with particular focus placed on reconstructing the military service of ancestors who fought in this war.

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Miranda Whited

Miranda Whited

Communications Intern at TxSGS
Miranda Whited is the Spring and Summer 2016 communications intern for the Texas State Genealogical Society. Miranda is interested in public outreach, archival work, and museum studies. She currently attends the University of Texas at Austin studying History, English, and Anthropology.
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