John Colletta to Lead Full Day Genealogical Workshop

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NEW YORK, NY, October 7, 2010. On Saturday, November 6th, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society will present internationally known genealogist and author John Colletta, Ph.D. in a full-day program at the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY.  Entertaining, knowledgeable and experienced, Dr. Colletta is based in Washington, D.C., where for 20 years he conducted workshops for the National Archives and taught 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 and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.  His publications include the books They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor's Arrival Records and Finding Italian Roots: The Complete Guide for Americans, as well as numerous how-to articles. 

Dr. Colletta will give four lectures on the following topics: (1.) Passenger Arrival Records (1820-1950s) – Advanced Problem Solving; (2.) Naturalization Records (1790-1920s) – Advanced Problem Solving; (3.) Turning Biographical Facts into Real Life Events: How to Build Historical Context, and (4.) Breaking Through Brick Walls: Use Your HEAD.  This is a wonderful opportunity for researchers of all levels to strengthen their skills and knowledge and to learn from one of the country’s most respected genealogists.  Dr. Colletta describes his goal as “to help family historians optimize their efforts to uncover and write the stories of their forebears, and to enjoy all along the way the pleasure and humor of the journey. “

The program begins at 10:00 a.m. at the NYPL’s South Court Auditorium and will end by 4:30 p.m with a break for lunch on-your-own.  Registration for NYG&B members is $60, non-members is $90.  Register online.  For additional information, contact Lauren Maehrlein, Director of Education, at 212-755-8532, ext. 211, or by e-mailing

About the NYG&B

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society has been a primary resource for research on New York families since 1869.  The NYG&B seeks to advance genealogical scholarship and enhance the capabilities of both new and experienced researchers of family history through a rich schedule of programs, workshops, and repository tours; through its quarterly scholarly journal The NYG&B Record and its quarterly review The New York Researcher; and through an E-Library of unique digital material on its website

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McKelden Smith, President 
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