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German Interest Group

  • 19 Feb 2020
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Family History Center, 6767 51st Street, San Diego, CA 92120

German Researchers:


Michael Strauss will be entertaining us with his expertise and knowledge of the military as it relates to genealogy.  He often presents his lectures in full uniform (he is involved in Civil War era battle reenactment).


He will be giving the following two presentations:


The German Forty-Eighters and their Fight for Freedom:

They were persons who supported, and in many cases, had participated in the Revolution of 1848 that swept across the European continent. Many favored the unification of Germany with a central government that defended basic sovereign rights. With the failed Revolution many from Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic emigrated to the United States to continue their quest for freedom.  Many were well educated, and had wealth and became very successful in their new adopted country with the coming of the Civil War a decade later. Genealogical records document their journey and successes in this new land. 


Historical Maps: The World at your Fingertips:

For many centuries, maps have been the preferred choice of travelers the world over. They not only serve as reliable guides to desired destinations; they also assist the user in getting his or her bearings straight.  But beyond direction and bearing, maps enrich the genealogist’s journey through the roadways and byways of personal history. From fire insurance maps that provide minute detail of our ancestors’ homes, to election maps that detail boundaries of registered voters in large cities, you’re sure to find a research path not yet considered.


Michael L. Strauss, AG is a professional Accredited Genealogist® (ICAPGen), and a nationally recognized speaker. A native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Utah, he has been employed as a Forensic Investigator for more than 25 years. Strauss holds a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran. He is a qualified expert witness in the courts in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Michael is featured on Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems with his regular segments of “Military Minutes.” Strauss is a faculty member at SLIG, GRIP, and IGHR where he is the Military Course Coordinator.





Our meetings are from 1:00-3:00 pm on the third Wednesday of the month and are held at the temporary location for the Family History Library:

6767 51st Street, San Diego, CA . 92120


Contact: gig.sdgs@gmail.com



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