Saturday, September 3, 2011

San Mateo County Genealogical Society Seminar

John Philip Colletta, Ph. D.
Topic: Federal Secrets Revealed (4 lectures)
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2011
Place: Menlo Park LDS Church, 1105 Valparaiso, Menlo Park
  • Passenger Arrival Records: Advanced Problem Solving
  • Federal Court Records 1789-1920s
  • Lesser -Used Federal Records: A Sampling for Fresh Research Ideas (Homestead Files, Passport Applications, Civil War Income Tax, Appointments of Postmasters...)
  • Discovering the Real Stories of Your Immigrant Ancestors
The SMCGS seminar committee is delighted that John Philip Colletta, one of America's most popular genealogical lecturers has agreed to be our Fall Seminar 2011 speaker. Several members of the society went to Burbank recently for the satellite writer’s conference the day before Genealogy Jamboree, where John Colletta was presenting 4 talks on “Writing a Narrative Family History.” He was excellent. John is that rare combination of an animated entertaining speaker who knows his material superbly well. He is Washington D.C. based and has 20 years’ experience conducting workshops at the National Archives and teaching courses for the Smithsonian Institution. Today he lectures nationally, and is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University (Birmingham, AL) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (Salt Lake City).
John Colletta’s publications include two manuals – “They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor's Arrival Record” and “Finding Italian Roots: The Complete Guide for Americans” -- and numerous how-to articles. His latest book – “Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath” -- is a history of the German-speaking merchants of the Mississippi Delta during Reconstruction. It is written around the mysterious destruction of his great-great-grandfather's country store, and its five unfortunate inhabitants.

For more information go to the San Mateo County Genealogical Society's website.

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