Colletta, John Philip


John Philip Colletta, PhD, has been lecturing on genealogy nationally for 30 Years. A faculty member of IGHR and SLIG since 1995, he has also taught for Boston University’s family history program. Besides lecturing regularly at NGS and FGS conferences, Dr. Colletta has delivered several of their banquet talks and keynote addresses. He has authored many articles, two manuals (passenger arrival records and Italian research), and a narrative family history with instruction, Only a Few BONES. In 2014 the Teaching Company released Dr. Colletta’s 15-lesson course, “Discovering Your Roots,” as one of their “Great Courses” on DVD, CD and streaming. See


  • Course One — Methods & Sources
  • Course Two — Intermediate Genealogy & Historical Studies
  • Course Four — Writing & Publishing for Genealogists

Evening Session

  • Seventeen Repositories, One Life: Uncommon Original Sources Portray a 19th Century Immigrant