Monday, March 17, 2008

Popular genealogical lecturer to speak

The Bismarck-Mandan Historical and Genealogical Society and the State Historical Society of North Dakota present John Philip Colletta, PhD, one of America’s most popular genealogical lecturer’s. Friday evening, April 11, Dr. Colletta will speak on one of his favorite topics, “Is Any Body There?–Tracking Ancestral Remains” beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the State Heritage Center, Bismarck. The Friday presentation is free and open to the general public.

Dr. Colletta lives in Washington, D.C., and conducts workshops for the National Archives and teaches courses for the Smithsonian Institution and local universities. Dr. Colletta had authored 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.

His collection of anecdotes from his own research and travel experiences is very popular with genealogical and non-genealogical audiences. The stories are true, funny, shocking and touching. All genealogists can identify with them, and non-genealogists will get a sense of the fun and excitement of genealogy.

The BMHGS is grateful for the generous grant support from the State Historical Society of North Dakota and the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

The BMHGS has been promoting and aiding in family research since 1971. Its goals are to promote and encourage active interest in genealogy and history throughout the region and beyond by retrieving and preserving historical and genealogical records, improving the availability and access to public records and fostering education and training in genealogical and historical research.

For more information, visit or call 701-223-6273.

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