Spies, Slackers, and Aliens: Records of the American Protective League

Michael L. Strauss, AG
May 12, 2023
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Speaker's Introduction
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Work of the APL
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APL Records
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Non-government records
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Announcements / prizes
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

Organized in Chicago, IL in 1917 by citizens who believed the United States Department of Justice was understaffed and not up to the task of fighting against espionage. They grew to a volunteer force of more than 250,000 members. The APL was given absolute power to stop ordinary citizens in the streets by checking whether men were legally registered for draft, or were sympathetic to the Germans, or those unregistered aliens living in the United States. Long believed to be a pseudo-patriotic organization. The APL documented both members and their activities in rich genealogical and historical details at the time the United States entered World War I.

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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    Christine Chesters
    1 year ago

    I love learning about new record sets! Just when you think there isn’t anything new to research, BAM! Legacy Family Tree pulls out a fantastic webinar! Kudos to Mr. Strauss!!

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    Dee Mathews
    1 year ago

    I so appreciate Michael Strauss bringing us webinars on these off-the-beaten-path collections. I had never heard of the APL, much less the vast amounts of data collected by these members. What a joy that he brings these new records to us.

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    Kathryn Everhart
    1 year ago

    Learned about something I’d never heard of!

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    Graham Lowe
    1 year ago

    Michael Strauss, thank you for another very interesting and informative presentation. This is the first time I have heard of the American Protective League (APL). I’m very appreciative of your syllabus containing many valuable research tips and links. Thanks again!

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    Wanda Bower
    1 year ago

    I would never have been aware of these records without this webinar.

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    Victoria Eaton
    1 year ago

    Michael is a great presenter, never talks down to viewers, makes you comfortable like he’s the guy next door. So knowledgeable on so many topics. Can’t wait to see his other webinars.

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    Cynthia Ward
    1 year ago

    Very informative. Never heard of the APL. i will look to see if any of my ancestors fit this category.

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    Jean Foster
    1 year ago

    Extremely interesting webinar and great information on how to find the records. Always enjoy and learn from a Michael Strauss webinar.


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