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War of 1812 Contributor

FUNDRAISING COMPLETE

While the fundraising has ended, the digitization process continues. As of June 2018 images for surnames A through O were available at Fold3. That process will continue until every page of every War of 1812 pension record is added.


Worldwide Indexing Event - Fuel The


MONDAY
AUGUST 19, 2019

"Your Ancestors in the County Courthouse"
&
"Your Ancestors in State Records"
(2 DVDs)

Presented by: Dr. John Phillip 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, IL.)

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.

Dr. Colletta received his Ph.D. in French, from The Catholic University of America: 1982; M.A., Medieval Studies, The Catholic University of America: 1978; Certificate, Romanesque Civilization, University of Poitiers, France: 1977; Certificate, German, Goethe-Institut, Passau, Germany: 1977; M.A., French, Middlebury College Graduate School in Paris, France: 1975; Diploma in Russian, U.S. Defense Language Institute, Washington, DC, 1972; and B.A., French, State University College of New York, Buffalo: 1971.

Experience: Taught French language and literature at The Catholic University of America and The American University, 1975–1984 and various positions at the Library of Congress, 1978–1998.

ABOUT THE TOPIC

Discover how to work your way through the courthouse records of the county where your ancestors resided. Using the two most common types of courts (circuit and chancery), you'll examine how to read courthouse materials, including probate packets, vital records, tax rolls, and even colonial-era records such as indentures and apprenticeships.

Good genealogists always take advantage of local sources outside the courthouse as well, including state archives, which hold records that resulted between the administration of state laws. Here, you'll learn how to tap into the information found in original sources (such as census and military records) and derivative sources (including maps and newspapers).

LOCATION
Beach Park Village Hall
11270 Wadsworth Rd - Lower Level
Beach Park, IL 60099

SPEKER
7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

BREAK/SOCIALIZE
8:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

BUSINESS MEETING
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.

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NEXT MONTH

SEPTEMBER 16, 2019
Using Newspapers and Alternative Resources to Fill in the Blanks

Presented by: Cathy Dailey

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GENETIC GENEALOGY
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP
"DNA SIG"

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.

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