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Ph.D. (Medieval French Literature)
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John Philip Colletta is a popular Washington, D.C.-based lecturer on topics of family history research and writing.
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.
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. Dr. Colletta has
received many professional awards and honors and appears frequently on podcasts and local and
national radio and television. His Ph.D. in Medieval French is from The Catholic University of America.