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: thehttp://www.personalhistorians.org/conference/c2016/annual_conference.php.
In less than a month, registration for SLIG will begin! See http://ugagenealogy.org/cpage.php?pt=413 for more information.