This final session begins with the end of the Civil War and the start of Reconstruction in 1865. Numerous genealogical records are readily searchable in the years following the end of hostilities including; Provosts Marshal records Confederate Amnesty records, United States Sanitary Commission, Southern Claims Commission, and Freedmen’s Bureau and back home with the passage of the 1867United States Bankruptcy Act. This lecture will conclude with as Federal troops are withdrawn from the south in 1877 and the beginning of the gilded age.
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".