DGS Summer Symposium Features John Philip Colletta

The Dallas Genealogical Society is excited to announce that nationally-known genealogy and family history speaker Dr. John Philip Colletta will be the featured speaker at our Summer Symposium, to be held July 11-12, 2014 at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in Dallas, TX.


“For Today’s Generation and Tomorrow’s: The Many Ways to Preserve Family History” is a 2-day program of eight presentations by Dr. Colletta. Topics covered include organizing your materials for a family history, documenting multi-generational records, building historical context, using artifacts in researching and writing about our ancestors, principles of good writing and good storytelling, evaluating evidence, writing a narrative family history, and publishing your family history.

“Late Night at the Library” is a free bonus event. The Genealogy Division of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library will remain open on Friday evening, July 11, from 5-10 pm, exclusively for Summer Symposium attendees. Both professional librarians from the Division and DGS volunteers will be available to offer assistance.

Dr. Colletta is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University (Birmingham, Ala.), the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and Boston University’s Certificate in Family History program. His publications include numerous articles, both scholarly and popular, two manuals, and one “murder-mystery-family-history.” Dr. Colletta has received many professional awards and honors and appears frequently on podcasts and local and national radio and television. His Ph.D. in Medieval French is from The Catholic University of America. Visit his web site for further biographical information.

Program details and registration information are available on the DGS web site.

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