GRIVA members and guests should anticipate an informative and enjoyable meeting Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 1:45 p.m. as Michael L. Strauss helps us learn how to discover ancestors who served during the American Civil War. All branches of service will be discussed including the Army, Navy, Marines, and the Revenue Cutter Service, as well as their Confederate counterparts. Numerous records will be examined to get the most out of the many genealogical resources that are available to researchers today. This presentation is done in first person period impression. You may find yourself so inspired that you will want to sign up for a future GRIVA trip to Washington, D.C .to check out some of those records in the National Archives.

Michael L. Strauss, AG is an Accredited Genealogist for the Eastern States Region with the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists. He is a native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Virginia. He has been an avid genealogist for more than 30 years. Strauss holds a BA in History and is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran. He works with the Department of the Army doing repatriation work on soldiers who were killed and missing in action from World War II and the Korean War. He currently serves as President and former Trustee of the Virginia Beach Genealogical Society. In addition, he is a published author and is currently an expert witness in kinship-estate matters in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Virginia.

Join us on March 27, 2012 at 1:45 p.m. at the Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 West Huguenot Road, Richmond, Virginia. There will be a short GRIVA meeting before the program with refreshments and social time afterwards. Our meetings are free to the public and visitors are welcome.