Tuesday, June 3, 2014

John Philip Colletta To Speak At Genealogy Workshop in Plainfield

Nationally-known speaker and author Dr. John Philip Colletta will hold a free genealogy workshop on Saturday, September 27 from 9:15 am to 4 pm at the Plainfield Public Library. Indiana librarians can receive 4 LEU credits for attending.

Dr. Colletta will offer 4 sessions:

--Breaking Through Brick Walls: Use Your HEAD! - tips for how to overcome seeming insurmountable obstacles in your genealogy research (e.g. several men with the same name or families with common surnames).
--The County Courthouse: Your 'Trunk in the Attic' - a review of the many resources that are available in courthouses.
--Using 19th-Century Newspapers for Family History - a focus on the lesser-used items in newspapers, such as advertisements, estate settlements, real estate transfers and local elections.
--Seventeen Repositories, One Life: Uncommon Original Sources Portray a 19th-Century Immigrant - how the use of smaller, more specialized records repositories can bring personal details of an ancestor to light.

The workshop is free, but seating is limited, and pre-registration is required (lunch is on your own). Register online via the library's events calendar, or contact the library's Indiana Room - phone (317) 839-6602 extension 2114; askindiana@plainfieldlibrary.net.

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