Professor John Philip Colletta, Ph.D.

Professor John Philip Colletta
  • Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University
  • The Catholic University of America
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Genealogy is much more than the enthralling detective work of unearthing a long-forgotten past: It’s a journey of self-discovery. The more you learn about who your ancestors were, the more you learn about who you are.

Dr. John Philip Colletta is one of America’s most popular genealogy lecturers. He is a faculty member at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama; the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy; and Boston University’s Genealogical Research Program. Dr. Colletta also has been an instructor and course coordinator for the National Institute on Genealogical Research, the Genealogical Institute of Texas, and the Genealogical Institute of Mid-America. He earned his Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

For 20 years, Dr. Colletta worked at the Library of Congress and taught workshops at the National Archives. Today, he lectures nationally, teaches at local schools, and conducts programs for the Smithsonian Institution’s Resident Associate Program. His clients have included Johns Hopkins University, St. Louis Public Library, Daughters of the American Revolution, Brigham Young University, the Historical Society of North Dakota, the Huntington Library (San Mateo, CA), and the Genealogical Society of Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Colletta’s publications include numerous articles, both popular and scholarly; 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; and the narrative family history, Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath. Dr. Colletta appears frequently on podcasts and radio and television programs. His honors include distinguished service awards from the Dallas Genealogical Society and the National Society of Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America.

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  1. Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy Sale

    Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy

    John Philip Colletta
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    Genealogy is a journey of self-discovery that can teach you as much about yourself as about those who came before you. But what holds many of us back from unearthing our family history is uncertainty about how to go about it. Which resources should you use—or trust? How do you make your way through tangles of public records? How do you bring facts together into a complete story you can share with others? With...
  2. (Set) America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era & Discovering Your Roots Set

    (Set) America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era & Discovering Your Roots

    Taught By Multiple Professors
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    Embark on an intellectual journey with this set of courses. First, witness the transformation of the United States from a war-torn nation to a global leader in an overview of six innovative decades. Then, unlock the secrets of your family’s long-forgotten past using the research skills and methodologies of professional genealogists.
  3. (Set) Effective Research Methods for Any Project & Discovering Your Roots Set

    (Set) Effective Research Methods for Any Project & Discovering Your Roots

    John Philip Colletta
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