This third session will cover genealogical and historical material that relates to organizations outside of the United States and Confederate Armies. Focus is placed on genealogical records on the United States Navy, Confederate Navy, United States Marine Corps, Confederate Marine Corps; and other smaller organizations that served including United States Coast Survey Service and the Revenue Cutter Service in addition to the United States and Confederate Lighthouse Service during the Civil War.
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".