The Fall Seminar at the Library of Michigan/Archives of Michigan in Lansing was a resounding success! It was a packed room for the opening and closing sessions that John Philip Colletta provided, with 174 in attendance, filling the Forum! In the lower middle picture, there were still seats left but within minutes the lower right photo showed that the room began to fill quickly – if there was an empty seat, it was hard to find!
With four workshops, Dr. Colletta led us through case studies, stories of his ancestors or others he had researched, and he gave us much to think about and learn. A classically fun moment was when John said “You paid $50 for today? Here’s the Colletta tip for today …. TURN THE PAGE!” We all roared, but he was right! He gave example after example of ancestors found through persistence, using multiple record sources and being targeted on our goal – finding an illusive ancestor.
There were great responses to workshops by Kris Rzepczynski (Senior Archivist, Archives of Michigan), Randy Riley (State Librarian, Library of Michigan), Jessica Trotter (Capital Area District Libraries) and Dan Earl (Vice President of MGC) as attendees learned about Great Lakes migration, the ups/downs of the Library, traveling to do genealogical research, and using Internet Archive. Lunch provided opportunities for networking across the state and learning from each others’ experiences and discoveries.
Dr. Colletta has a long history of book writing, research and speaking, with a display about his Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy” series promotion shared with attendees wanting more from John’s expertise and knowledge. Watch for sales!
After a well-attended “lock in” on Friday night and a full day on Saturday, happy family historians were still sharing what research they wanted to do next – all the way to the parking lot!
Don’t forget – TURN THE PAGE! Thanks to Dr. Colletta, Randy Riley, Kris Rzepczynski, Jessica Trotter and Dan Earl for a great day of learning.