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Pinellas Genealogy Society
2015 Seminar

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Largo Public Library
120 Central Park Dr.
Largo, FL 33771
Schedule and Topics for the seminar will be: Click here  for the registration form Principal Speaker: John Philip Colletta, Ph.D.
8:00 AM Registration; continental breakfast 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 at Samford University (Birmingham, Ala.), the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and Boston University’s Certificate in Family History program.

He has also been an instructor and course coordinator for 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.

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.

See Dr. Colletta's website  for more information

Additional Information
  • The Largo Public Library cosponsors the Pinellas Genealogy Society annual seminar.
  • The annual book sale will be in the rear of the conference room.
  • The tables will be open before the seminar and during break periods.
  • A representative of the society and membership information will be available at a table in the lobby.
  • Lunch will be provided as part of your advance registration.
  • Parking and driving instructions are on the reverse side of this brochure.
  • Great door prizes and raffles will be offered throughout the day.
  • If you are in need of a place to stay overnight during the seminar, the Hampton Inn offers a discount.  For details, see page or our special events page.
8:30 AM Opening
9:00 AM Lesser-Used Federal Records: Sources of Rich Detail about Ancestors’ Lives: Whenever an ancestor’s life intersected with a federal government agency, paperwork was created. It’s now in the National Archives and not indexed, published, or digitized (but some of it is). This lecture explores some of the more easily access-ible paperwork.
10:00 AM Break
10:15 AM The Library of Congress: An Introduction and Overview: It is one of the country’s greatest repositories for genealogical research, but tends to be underutilized because it is very large and requires on-site research. This lecture takes the mystery out of using our national library and demonstrates the benefits of making a research trip to Washington. The extraordinary Web site of the Library of Congress is explored, and practical suggestions are made.
11:30 AM Lunch
12:30 PM Break out speakers Debbe Hagner: German Genealogy Research
Debra Fleming: Social Networking + genealogy = What??
Liz Pearson: English & Welsh Poor Law (1601-1948): Records of Poor Law Officers and Parish Paupers
1:30 PM Break
1:45 PM Only a Few Bones: Case Studies in Assembling Sources to Reconstruct Real-Life Events: The biographical facts about our ancestors did not happen in a vacuum. They were born, lived and died in specific circumstances at specific moments in time. Examples drawn from Only a Few Bones, a True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath demonstrate how to use multiple documentary sources in conjunction with oral family lore and material culture to solve research problems and generate vivid accounts of “individualized” ancestors.
2:45 PM Break
3:00 PM Discovering the REAL Stories of Your Immigrant Ancestors: The immigrant experience was not the same for every one of the millions of our ancestors who came to America. Each immigrant's story is unique. Using 19th century case studies, this lecture describes the original records and published materials available to discover the facts of your own ancestor's story. It discusses how to evaluate those facts and assemble them into a story that conveys both the drama and individuality of your ancestor's immigration experience. 
4:00 PM Closing

Location – The seminar will be held in the Jenkins Conference Room of the Largo Public Library, located at 120 Central Park Drive, Largo, 33771. Free parking is available in the front lot of the library.

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Driving Directions:
From the north: Travel south on US Hwy 19 to SR 686 (East Bay Dr.) Make a right on East Bay and follow to Largo. Turn left on Central Park Drive. The Library is on the left side of the road.
From the south: Travel north on I-275 to Exit #30 (Clearwater/Largo SR 686, Roosevelt Blvd. West). At the fork in the exit ramp bear left which leads to Roosevelt Blvd. Follow on Roosevelt. At the fork in the road bear left and follow the overpass that merges with Ulmerton Road (SR688) Follow Ulmerton past the 2nd traffic light and veer right to SR 686(Roosevelt Blvd). Follow Roosevelt Blvd / East Bay Drive.
Click here  for the registration form

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