Many genealogists are taught to conduct research by searching backwards through the use of pedigree charts going back as far as you can. This lecture assumes a new focus on doing genealogical research tracing all the descendants from an ancestral couple to the present. Finding descendants and searching collateral lines of your family history is very rewarding and provides many otherwise unknown details to your family story as the methodology of conducting this type of research is taught. Focus is given to provide actual case study of doing this kind of research.
Michael L. Strauss, AG, an Accredited Genealogist and forensic investigator, is a native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Utah. He holds a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran. He is a licensed Private Investigator and qualified expert witness in Surrogate Court and Circuit Court in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Virginia. Michael is an approved genealogist with the United States Army to locate DNA qualified persons MIA from Korea, Vietnam, and World War II. He is a national genealogical lecturer and instructor for military courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), and Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research (VIGR). He was the film historian for the 2015 Academy Award nominated movie "Finding Vivian Maier".