22 September 2023

Michael Strauss to Speak at MGC Fall Family History Seminar

First, I cannot say enough good things about genealogist, Michael Strauss. Michael coordinated the "Guide to Treasures Found in Federal Records" at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) in July 2022.

I attended this course, virtually, and was impressed by Michael's depth of knowledge. He had COVID while teaching the course and still did an amazing job. Michael's strength is in Federal Records and Military Records. The syllabus is one I continue to go back to repeatedly, including this past week.

Michigan is fortunate to have Michael Strauss as their speaker at the Michigan Genealogical Council (MGC) Fall Family History Seminar. Attendees can meet Michael in person in Lansing or attend virtually. The seminar will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2023, from 9 am to 4 pm at the Michigan Library and Historical Center, 702 W. Kalamazoo, Lansing MI.

Michael is employed as a Research Manager and Senior Genealogist for Ancestry ProGenealogists. He is a native of Pennsylvania and a veteran of the United States Coast Guard. He is a published author and national genealogical lecturer, instructor, and faculty member at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), and the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR), where he coordinates the military history courses. Michael has been involved in Civil War and Mexican American War reenacting for more than twenty-five years.

 Michael Strauss’s presentations will be:

·       Introduction to Military Genealogy Research will focus on a large number of records, strategies, and techniques to find your military ancestors from the colonial era through the Vietnam War.

·       A House Divided: Research in the Civil War will examine records most used by genealogists and historians, including service records, draft records, pensions, and records to trace the movement of your ancestor’s military unit for both sides.

·       Roosevelt’s Tree Army: Researching in the Civilian Conservation Corps will explore CCC genealogical resources between 1933-1942, including Office Personnel Files, discharge certificates, accident reports, camp and district reports, photographs, and motion pictures.

·       All in a Day’s Work: Occupational Genealogical Research will focus on the methodology to research your ancestor’s work history, tapping into records of employment and discussing old occupations no longer in use.

Two additional session options are available. One presented by Kris Rzepczynski of the Archives of Michigan and one by Matt Pacer of the Library of Michigan. More information is on the registration form.

Registration for the November 4th, 9 am to 4 pm seminar is available at mimgc.org. Register now and take advantage of early bird pricing.

 Registration Options include:

  • You may attend in person or via Zoom.
  • Early Bird (until October 26 at 11:59 pm.) Cost $50. Regular registration cost is $60.
  • Optional box lunch from Grand Traverse Pie Company cost $15 (order due no later than Oct 26)
  • Downloadable syllabus is included with each registration and emailed prior to the event. An optional printed syllabus is available for an additional $7.50. The print option is only available to on-site attendees and must be ordered when registering. The deadline for the print order is October 26.
  • Class selections are not locked in, you may attend either session when two are scheduled.

Other things you can do if you attend in person are visit the Archives of Michigan and the Library of Michigan, they are open 10-4 on Saturdays AND there is Free Parking! Network with other genealogists. Attend the free library and archives lock in which will be held for seminar attendees. If you would like to attend the Friday, Nov 3rd, 5pm-10pm Lock-In at the Archives and Library, you will receive a link to register in the confirmation email that is sent following receipt of this registration form.

Whether you attend in person or via Zoom, you will get quality genealogical education from Michael Strauss. I hope to see you there. 


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