The Villages Genealogical Society

Seminar 2018

VGS Annual Seminar 2018
February 28, 2018
John Philip Coletta, Ph.D returns to The Villages
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John Coletta, Ph.D
John Philip Colletta was our guest speaker at our 2011 Annual Seminar. He 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.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
La Hacienda Regional Recreation Center
1200 Avenida Central
The Villages, Florida
Check-In 8:00 a.m.; Lectures 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Seminar Topics:
1.  Resource Repositories:
This lecture distinguishes among libraries, historical societies, public record offices, public archives, private institutions, and private archives. In addition, when a pertinent historical source is found, genealogists must decipher its informational content.
2.  The County Courthouse: Your ‘Trunk in the Attic’:
This lecture examines the full scope of their precious contents and reviews many resources for learning about the records created in your ancestors’ counties.
3.  State Archives: What They Are and How to Use Them:
This lecture examines the Web sites of select state archives from the North, West, East and South, displaying the wealth of genealogical and biographical resources they contain. It also explores the electronic and paper finding aids that help family historians access the treasures in state archives.
4.  Sixteen Repositories, One Life: Uncommon Original Sources Portray a 19th-Century Immigrant:
This lecture encourages family historians to explore small, specialized collections for the personal details of their ancestors’ lives.
Registration ended February 23, 2018