Colletta genealogy course

Discovering Your Roots:
An Introduction to Genealogy
, available on audio or video from
The Great Courses




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Helping You Discover Your Ancestors
and Write Their Stories


Searching for your ancestors is a journey of self-discovery: as you learn more about them, you learn more about yourself.

I teach diverse audiences nationwide how to reconstruct their family’s past from scraps of information found in old written records, maps, newspapers, photographs, tombstones and heirlooms. The detective work is challenging and fun. But creating a family tree is only half the goal. The other half is learning about your ancestors as men and women with personalities, character traits, motives and aspirations, joys and disappointments, just like you. My illustrated presentations use engaging case studies and real-life examples—and lots of humor—to show how to explore the world of your forebears and write an account of their lives.

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