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John Philip Colletta

Ph.D. (Medieval French Literature)

Lecturer: Courses 1, 2, Evening Sessions

Dr. Colletta has been conducting workshops for the National Archives, teaching courses for the Smithsonian Institution, and lecturing nationally before genealogical, historical and ethnic groups societies since 1985. Colletta has published many articles in both popular and scholarly journals and magazines. He contributed the chart "How to Find Your Immigrant Ancestor’s Ship" to a permanent exhibit on Ellis Island, and his related book, They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor’s Arrival Record, published in 1989, has since been updated and expanded. A 1993 publication, Finding Italian Roots: The Complete Guide for Americans has also been updated in the latest printing.

Colletta has been interviewed on the "Voice of America;" has appeared on local and national television, including NBC’s "Today" show; and is featured in Episode Four of "Ancestors," a ten-part PBS series which aired in January 1997. His areas of expertise include: tracing families of continental European origin; immigration research, particularly of the 19th century; records of the federal government; and writing and publishing for genealogy. His latest book, Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath, published in 1999 by a southern university press, depicts the fatal adventure of one of Colletta’s own ancestors, a man who moved from Buffalo, New York, to Rolling Fork, Mississippi, at the close of the Civil War.

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