2019 Annual Seminar

Ventura County Genealogical Society

Saturday, October 19, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Camarillo Public Library, Community Room
4101 E. Las Posas Rd., Camarillo, CA 93010


John Philip Colletta, PhD

John Philip Colletta, PhD John Philip Colletta is one of America’s most popular lecturers in genealogy. He 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 (University of Georgia, Athens) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

Dr. Colletta has also taught for Boston University’s Certificate in Family History program and three genealogy institutes where he created courses: the National Institute on Genealogical Research (Washington, DC), the Genealogical Institute of Texas (Dallas), and the Genealogical Institute of Mid-America (Springfield, Ill.). He is a prolific author, and has published numerous articles, both scholarly and popular, two genealogy manuals, and a genealogical mystery based on events that happened to his own great grandfather..

Dr. Colletta appears frequently on pod-casts 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.

Dr. Colletta obtained his Bachelor of Arts in French from State University College of New York, Buffalo; his Masters of Art in Medieval Studies and his Ph.D. in French from The Catholic University of America. He was awarded certificates in Romanesque Civilization and German, as well as a diploma in Russian. He resides in Washington, D.C.  Register and pay online with PayPal or Register by mail 

8:30 am-8:45 amREGISTRATION and Sales Table (available all day)
8:45 am – 9:00 amWelcome and Announcements
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Assembling and Writing a Narrative Family History, Part 1
The joys and challenges of producing a written account of your ancestors starts with reliable records.
10:00 am – 10:30 am
Sales table available. Silent auction sign-up.
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Assembling and Writing a Narrative Family History, Part 2
How to turn biographical data of your ancestors into the real-life expe- riences they represent.
11:30 am – 12:45 pm
Box Lunch ($10 by pre-order only) or visit restaurants nearby.
12:45 am – 1:00 pm
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Our National Archives: The Astounding Institution and How to Use It
How the National Archives (NARA) is organized, plus different aids that help researchers access what they need in NARA’s universe of historical materials.
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Sales table available.
Final bids for silent auction.
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Lesser-Used Federal Records
How to use some of the more easily accessible paper-work that provides rich biographical detail about our ancestors, including passport applications, homestead files, Civil War, income tax records, and others.
3:30 pm – 4:00 pmSilent Auction results
4:00 pmGoodbye & Thanks