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Dr. John Philip Colletta Returns from Retirement to Help Students Memorialize Their Family History

31 May 2024 1:22 PM | Anonymous

The following is a press release written by the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG):

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) is thrilled to announce that the esteemed Dr. John Colletta will briefly come out of retirement to teach alongside Karen Stanbary and her faculty in Karen’s new SLIG Fall Virtual 2024 course, "Memorializing Your Family History––From Intimidation to Empowerment!!!"
Dr. Colletta, renowned for his passion and energetic teaching style, captivates audiences with his vivid storytelling! Despite official retirement, he has graciously agreed to participate and lead several sessions, bringing his enthusiasm for teaching and writing to this exciting new educational course!  

About John Philip Colletta, Ph.D.

For 40 years John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., has been helping family historians discover and write the stories of their ancestors. After working at the Library of Congress and teaching programs at the Smithsonian Institution and National Archives, he became a popular lecturer at NGS and FGS national conferences and a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (U. of Georgia) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. His publications include many articles, both scholarly and popular; two manuals, Finding Italian Roots and They Came in Ships; a murder mystery/family history, Only a Few Bones(the second edition includes instruction on how to write narrative family history); and a great course titled “Discovering Your Roots” available from The Teaching Company. The recipient of professional awards and honors, Dr. Colletta resides in Washington, D.C., where he earned his doctorate at the Catholic University of America.

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