The Chapter Service Award is given in recognition of outstanding service to or for a UGA Chapter. This year, the Utah Genealogical Association is pleased to present the Chapter Service Award to Michael Strauss, AG, who recently retired as co-chair of UGA’s Virtual Chapter.
The Virtual Chapter meets monthly over Zoom and is open to all UGA members. This unique chapter allows UGA members throughout the state and country to gather and learn.
Michael Strauss began his service on the UGA Board in 2017 and served as a board member for five years, until 2022. During this entire time, he served within UGA’s Virtual Chapter in some capacity or another. He was assistant committee chair in 2017 and 2018 and a committee chair from 2018 through 2022. Michael organized a virtual chapter meeting every month for its members. Under his leadership, the Virtual Chapter has grown in numbers and become a place where genealogists from all over the country and beyond can network, learn, and grow together.
Michael is an Accredited Genealogist and works as a Research Manager for Ancestry ProGenealogists in Lehi, Utah. He has a bachelor’s degree in history and is a published author, in addition to being a veteran of the United States Coast Guard. He is a court qualified expert witness in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia in matters of forensic investigation. Michael has been a faculty member for several years at SLIG, GRIP, and IGHR where he coordinates the military research courses.