Summit of Excellence

"Paths of Discovery" - Virtual Event

 Friday - Saturday, September 11-12, 2020

path through trees with sun beams shining down

Featuring commemorations of 9/11 as well as the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in the United States of America.

Registration opens Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. with three registration options: DNA Day Only, UGA Day Only, and the Complete Summit.

Keynote: "Women’s Suffrage: Their Rights, Roles, and Limitations"

Life for early American woman was often burdened with setbacks. Limited by society with limited voting rights, educational opportunities, and virtually no legal identity, woman sought to be equals in society. This lecture focuses on the history of woman and the Suffrage Movement from the colonial times to the middle of the twentieth century.

Numerous genealogical records are examined in this lecture from the Anti-Slavery movement, to the Temperance Movement, military service, and later as woman gained the right to vote.


Michael L. Strauss, AG, is a professional Accredited Genealogist and a nationally recognized genealogical speaker. A native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Utah, he has been employed as a Forensic Genealogist for more than 25 years. Strauss has a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran. He is also a qualified expert witness in court in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Strauss is an approved genealogist with the United States Army to locate DNA qualified persons MIA from Korea, Vietnam, and World War II. Michael was the film historian for the 2014 film “Finding Vivian Maier” which was nominated for an Oscar for Documentaries in 2015. He has been involved in Civil War reenacting for more than 25 years, serving in two units, namely; the 99th New York Infantry and Battery A., 5th U.S. Artillery and most recently the Utah Living History Association.