John Philip Colletta, PhD.
2018 SPRING CONFERENCE
AND
WORKSHOPS
 
Friday March 23rd Sessions
Saturday March 24th Conference
 
The Columbian Room (Wexford)
Pittsburgh, PA
 
Featured Speaker
John Colletta
Aaron McWilliams
John Colletta, PhD
 
John Philip Colletta, PhD. is a popular Washington, D.C. based lecturer on topics of family history research and writing. For twenty years, while laying the foundation for his career in genealogy, he worked half-time at the Library of Congress and taught workshops at the National Archives. Today Dr. Colletta lectures nationally, teaches at local schools, and conducts programs for the Smithsonian Institution’s Resident Associate Program. In 2014 The Teaching Company released Dr. Colletta’s 15-lesson course, “Discovering Your Roots: The Fundamentals of Genealogy,” as one of their “Great Courses” on DVD or CD with accompanying manual. Dr. Colletta’s publications include numerous articles, both scholarly and popular, two manuals  ΜΆ They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor's Arrival Record and Finding Italian Roots: The Complete Guide for Americans, and a “murder-mystery-family-history,” Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath. Dr. Colletta has received many professional awards and honors and appears frequently on podcasts and local and national radio and television. His PhD in Medieval French is from The Catholic University of America.
 
 
FRIDAY AFTERNOON
 
You've Got the Names, Now Find the People!  Facts about Ancestors Found in Federal Records
Presented by John Philip Colletta, PhD.
 
Genealogical Resources at the Pennsylvania State Archives
Presented by Aaron McWilliams
 
 
FRIDAY EVENING

The State Land Records of Pennsylvania
Presented by Aaron McWilliams
Military Records at the Pennsylvania State Archives
Presented by Aaron McWilliams
 
 
SATURDAY CONFERENCE
John Philip Colletta
 
 
 



Email us at Conference@NorthHillsGenealogists.org
Aaron McWilliams
 
 
Aaron McWilliams is a reference archivist at the Pennsylvania State Archives. He is responsible for handling research inquiries at the Archives and frequently represents the agency at genealogical events. His areas of expertise include Pennsylvania state land records, Pennsylvania’s Revolutionary War militia, and genealogy. He has appeared on Who Do You Think You Are? and contributed to both Who Do You Think You Are? and Finding Your Roots. Prior to joining the Pennsylvania State Archives, Aaron worked as a reference archivist at the Maryland State Archives and as a professional genealogist. 
 
SCHEDULE
FRIDAY:    
1:00 Registration
1:30 - 4:30 Workshop
You've Got the Names, Now Find the People!  Facts about Ancestors Found in Federal Records
 
Genealogical Resources at the Pennsylvania State Archives
John Philip Colletta, PhD.
 
 
 
Aaron McWilliams
 
5:00 - 6:00
Deli Buffet with Vegetarian Option (optional)   
6:00 Registration
6:30 - 8:30 Workshop
The State Land Records of Pennsylvania

Military Records at the Pennsylvania State Archives
Aaron McWilliams
     
SATURDAY:    
8:00 - 9:00 Registration (coffee & tea)  
9:00 Opening Remarks  
Morning Sessions John Philip Colletta, PhD.
Passenger Arrival Records, Colonial Times to Mid-20th Century
 
Naturalization Records, Colonial Times to Mid-20th Century
   
 
 
Lunch & Door Prizes    
Afternoon Sessions John Philip Colletta, PhD.
Only a Few Bones:  Case Studies in Assembling Sources to Reconstruct Real-Life Events
 
Discovering Your Ancestors' World through Maps and Gazatteers
 
COSTS
  NHG Member Non-Member
Full 2-Day package:    
Until Feb 20: (Does not include Friday Buffet Dinner)
$95
 
$105
 
After Feb 20: (Does not include Friday Buffet Dinner)
$105
 
$115
 
A la Carte:    
Saturday Conference, with buffet lunch (until Feb 20) $55 $65
Saturday Conference, with buffet lunch (after Feb 20) $65 $75
Friday Afternoon Workshop $30 $30
Friday Dinner $15 $15
Friday Evening Workshop $20 $20
 
 
DIRECTIONS to The Columbian Room (Wexford Knights of Columbus)
250 Swinderman Road, Wexford, PA  15090
COLUMBIAN ROOM          DETAILED DIRECTIONS       MAP
I79 to Rt 910 East (Wexford), to Rt 19 North; or Rt 19 North past Rt 910 intersection. Turn toward Sheetz/Giant Eagle at next light, then immediate left onto Swinderman Road.
 
HOTEL
The Hampton Inn (Wexford-Sewickley, 412-528-1901) and EconoLodge (Wexford, 724-935-1000) are each 10 minutes from the conference location.  Home2Suites (McCandless, 412-630-8400) and Fairfield Suites by Marriott are 15 minutes from the conference, with rooms in the $130 range.  There are numerous hotel properties in Cranberry Township, close to the I76 Turnpike exit at I-79, 10 minutes north of the conference.
 
DOOR PRIZES
There will be a number of door prizes awarded during drawings at the lunchtime break.