Tuesday, June 14, 2016

SLIG 2017 Highlight: Researching Ancestors from Overseas

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) is delighted to have John Philip Colletta coordinating his course "Settlers in the New World and Immigrants to a New Nation: Researching Ancestors from Overseas" in 2017. John is a dynamic speaker who entertains and educates his students.

This course explores sources and methods for reconstructing the lives of ancestors who came from foreign lands. From the 1590s, when Europeans first settled in territory that would become the Southwest and Florida, through the British colonial period of the 17th and 18th centuries, to the newcomers of every nationality, hue and creed who made the United States their home in the 19th and 20th centuries, this course embraces the panorama of immigration history.

Issues discussed include: discovering and locating the town of origin overseas; leaving home, crossing an ocean, and reaching the place of settlement; putting down roots; ferreting out biographical detail that personalizes each immigrant’s experience; and preparing for research in European records to trace family lines back in the Old Country.

John Colletta along with Joshua Taylor exploit an exciting panoply of online, microfilm, print and original sources to provide practical instruction, helpful tips, and individual counsel.

You can also find John Colletta speaking at the Association of Personal Historians Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. The conference is being held from October 23-27, 2016. For more information see: the

In less than a month, registration for SLIG will begin! See for more information.

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