Deeds Not Words: Finding Your Merchant Marine Ancestors

Michael L. Strauss, AG
Nov 11, 2020
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About this webinar

The Merchant Marines have always played a pivotal and important role in American history. Without their efforts and sacrifice the wars of the twentieth century could have turned out very differently. A series of acts passed by Congress in 1916, 1920, and 1936 would officially organize the Merchant Marines into a well-trained and disciplined organization set about to answer the call to action during World War II. Many genealogically valuable records can be searched to find your merchant mariner ancestors.

About the speaker

About the speaker

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 qualifi
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  1. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    A wonderful webinar. I learned a lot and will not try to find my fathers WW2 Merchant Marine records. Thank you.

    Always a great presentation for Michael! More of excellent info. Thanks.

    Always excellent.

    As usual an excellent presentation.

    Chock full of information. Great delivery!

    Even without a membership, I gathered great information and ideas for researching my uncle’s service in the Merchant Marines during World War II. Michael covered the topic in a well organized manner. Looking forward to more webinars! Thank you!


    Excellent content and pace. Thank you!

    Excellent presentation

    Excellent presentation filled with information.

    Excellent webinar, as always with Michael as the speaker.

    Excellent! Thank you!

    Fantastic amount of information! And so well organized.

    Fantastic as always.

    Fantastic! I knew nothing about Merchant Marines. My great grandfather was one and now I know where to look for records. I loved the history of the MM too.

    FANTASTIC!! Over and above what I expected!

    Fantastic. So much wonderful information presented perfectly.

    Great webinar. I knew very little about the Merchant Marine and learned so much.

    I believe now I have a lot of work. Thank you.

    I feel each & every webinar adds a wee bit of knowledge to my brains. Thank you

    Keep up the outstanding quality!

    Lots of totally new info

    Love Michael! This was amazing. So much information. Thank you!

    Loved learning more about the Merchant Marine Service!! I have so much to research now for my early ancestors. Fortunately, my Dad a WWI Marine in the Pacific, decided that the best way to learn Spanish was to join the Merchant Marine and travel on a banana boat to Panama. He had a great adventure before returning to Boston to pursue his college education. I have photos of him on the boat and his MM id card.

  2. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    Michael always does a fantastic job. Thank You Legacy for having him present.

    Michael had so much information to share. His presentation was logical and easy to follow. I will want to watch/listen to this video again, there was too much information to remember it all.

    Michael was informative and kept my interest with his slides and narrative.

    Michael, thank you for another very educational and resource abundant webinar!!!

    Michael, you are always great! Awesome presentation. Thank you.

    My uncle was in the Merchant Marine in World War II, serving as a radio operator. I was so excited for this topic to be presented! It was great to find out about the many resources that are available.

    So much great info on the U.S. Merchant Marines

    Thank you that was so interesting. I learned many things I did not know.

    Thank you. It is so helpful to learn where information could possibly be. I appreciate the detail and information shared.

    Thanks for all the info. Another great helpful presentation.

    Thanks, very interesting from an Australian who has no known relative in the US Forces. This session has helped me understand it’s history etc…. which hopefully I will use one day!!!

    This was a great recap of our merchant fleet from the very beginning and well detailed through the 20th century. Thank you so very much. My father was in the Merchant Marines from mid 1944 thru the end of 1949 and very proud of his tenure for our country, tho he spoke very little about it. I’m sure it was not always a safe time he was going thru and just did not want my mother or us children to think or know about it. In the 1960’s and 1970’s he was back at sea for steamship companies hauling to Vietnam

    This was an excellent presentation! Sooooo very informative! Michael Strauss’ presentations are always excellent. Thank you for hosting this on Veteran’s Day.

    This was an outstanding webinar, glad I signed up and tuned in tonight.

    very clear and thorough

    Very helpful tracing a favorite Uncle’s Merchant Marine Service

    Very informative!

    very interesting

    Very very good. Well organized. Definitely covered the topic.

    Well worth a second look!

    What a wonderful speaker. I so love it when a speaker knows his subject so well and is such a fine lecturer that the time flies by. Thanks for the time you took to organize and polish this talk. It was a delight to listen to.

    Wonderful webinar on finding Merchant Marine ancestors.


    Thank you


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