JANUARY 21, 2019
"Your Ancestors in Ship Passenger Lists" and "Your Ancestors in Naturalization Records"
Presented by: John Philip Colletta
ABOUT OUR SPEAKER
John Philip Colletta is one of America’s most popular genealogical lecturers. Knowledgeable, experienced and entertaining, he resides in Washington, D.C. For twenty years, while laying the foundation for his career in genealogy, he worked half-time at the Library of Congress and taught workshops at the National Archives.
Today Dr. Colletta lectures nationally, teaches at local schools, and conducts programs for the Smithsonian Institution’s Resident Associate Program. He is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (University of Georgia, Athens) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.
He has also taught for Boston University’s Certificate in Family History program and three genealogy institutes where he created courses: the National Institute on Genealogical Research (Washington, DC), the Genealogical Institute of Texas (Dallas), and the Genealogical Institute of Mid-America (Springfield, Ill.).
His publications include numerous articles, both scholarly and popular, 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 one “murder-mystery-family-history,” Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath. It tells the story of Colletta’s great great grandfather, Joe Ring, who moved his family from Buffalo, New York, to Rolling Fork, Mississippi, after the Civil War. When Joe Ring’s country store burned to the ground with five unfortunate victims sleeping upstairs, the incident was investigated as mass murder, robbery and arson. The new edition of Only a Few Bones includes 140 pages of instruction on how to write narrative family history.
Dr. Colletta appears frequently on podcasts and local and national radio and television. He is featured in Episode Four of “Ancestors,” the ten-part KBYU-TV series, as well as its sequel. He has received many professional honors, including fellowship in the Utah Genealogical Association and distinguished service awards from the Dallas Genealogical Society and the National Society, Daughters of Colonial Founders and Patriots.
ABOUT THE TOPIC
A 2-DVD presentation. Genealogy is a journey of self-discovery that can teach you as much about yourself as about those who came before you. But what holds many of us back from unearthing our family history is uncertainty about how to go about it. Discover which resources you should use and trust, how you should make your way through tangles of public records, and so much more.
Beach Park Village Hall
11270 Wadsworth Rd - Lower Level,
Beach Park, IL 60099
7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
8:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
8:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
The ZION GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY research materials are housed at the Zion-Benton Public Library for the public's use.
Our society volunteers are at the Zion-Benton Library to assist you if needed on Monday mornings, from 10:00 to 12:00 Noon and on Tuesday & Wednesday evenings, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.
Our quarterly newsletter The Illuminator is published in February, May, August and November.
Articles may be submitted online to the Editor or mailed to the Society at: 2400 Gabriel Avenue, Zion, IL 60099.
Map to Zion-Benton Library
FEBRUARY 18, 2019
They're Alive - Searching for Living People
Presented By: Thomas MacEntee
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP
Currently plans are to hold our DNA SIG workshops every other month at the Beach Park Village Hall on a Sunday from 1-3pm. Don Classey, ZGS President, will usually facilitate and will share pertinent information as we work together to get into our DNA results and figure out what they mean and what to do with that data as it relates to our genealogical research.
ZGS Has Partnered With AncestorStuff.com