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Discovering Your Roots Lecture

Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy

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Publisher's Summary

Genealogy is a journey of self-discovery that can teach you as much about yourself as about those who came before you. But there's an obstacle that holds many of us back from unearthing our family history: uncertainty about how to go about it. With Dr. Colletta's 15 lectures, you'll learn the same skills and methodologies the experts use to solve genealogical mysteries, to create compelling nonfiction narratives, and to uncover information from the long-forgotten past in the most effective ways possible.

These lectures provide you with smart and savvy ways to find-and use-the most helpful online and print resources available today, including U.S. population censuses, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), and the National Archives and Records Administration. You'll also learn tools of the trade for working with these and other sources, as well as countless tips for making your own research more useful.

You'll also discover how to write engaging historical narratives that can inform and entertain family members or general audiences. You'll explore seven steps for personalizing biographical facts; specific ways to construct and narrate the timeline of an ancestor from birth to death; four fundamental questions you need answers to before you start writing about your ancestors; and more.

So grab that old photograph, sit down with an elderly relative, comb through old records, and prepare to embark on a personal adventure that can dramatically reshape how you think about your past - and yourself.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2014 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2014 The Great Courses

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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 08-31-15
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 08-31-15 Member Since 2008

    Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.

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    "Colletta's At The Top of His Game!"

    I have been busily working on my family tree for several years now, but after listening to this audio-book, I realized just how much information I have yet to tap. It was very encouraging to me as I have learned much from Professor Colletta's book. At first I was fretting, as he seemed to cover a great deal of new information rapidly, and I wasn't able to take notes as I was listening. Then, I looked closer at the book description and saw that this book comes with a pdf. Hallelujah and much thanks to Audible for including a much needed addition to the book. (Quite often, this is NOT included in The Great Courses books.)

    The Professor has a great deal of enthusiasm for his subject and does a fine job of narrating his book. If you are doing your family tree or getting ready to begin, this is a great introduction to where to begin or where to go further in your research. It seems, the possibilities are almost endless!

    Highly recommended!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    S. Stickley 03-13-15
    S. Stickley 03-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it"

    I am very pleased with the course: taking notes on the bus ride to work, I finished in a week. I had dabbled a little in family research before listening to this course, I now feel very directed, clear on how to use resources that I had looked over before. I highly recommend this course.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    lre410 Houston, TX, United States 09-22-14
    lre410 Houston, TX, United States 09-22-14 Member Since 2016

    Interested in geneaology, history and writing

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    "As Expected"

    I have heard Dr. Colletta speak on several occasions and, as expected, he delivered insightful, informative and entertaining information for the beginning Geneologist or Family Historian. I hope that he follows this introductory session with a more advanced course.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Cle Elum, WA, United States 01-16-15
    Chris Cle Elum, WA, United States 01-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining and Tip-Filled Geneaolgy Course"

    Loved this course. It was hard to imagine no matter how much experience you have had with family history that you would not come away from these lectures with new ideas for how to approach your unsolved family mysteries.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pip 12-01-14
    Pip 12-01-14
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    Would you listen to Discovering Your Roots again? Why?

    Yes, I am already listening for the second twice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What a great way to learn about genealogy. I enjoyed the way the author applied his own family research into family stories.


    What does Professor John Philip Colletta bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I could tell the people Prof. Colletta spoke about were "family".


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    Jeanne 02-20-16
    Jeanne 02-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great tips even for experienced researchers"

    This is an easy listen and, at first, I thought I already knew all he would be teaching. But then I often found myself pausing the audiobook to jot down a reference or an idea on source material I have not yet explored. But what I really appreciate was the professor's advice and examples on how to 'bring 'the story to life.' I appreciated his examples drawn from his own ancestors and the historical resources he used to describe ancestor's houses and business buildings, and how this information opens new insights into your ancestor's daily lives.

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    P Lenhart TX USA 11-09-15
    P Lenhart TX USA 11-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Much more than the basics"

    When I reviewed the course chapters, I wasn't sure if this would be too basic. I've been working only family history and didn't need a basic lesson about the census or how much info you can glean from a death certificate.

    This course exceeded my expectations! I expect to replay it over and over. The first time I listened was while I was driving. I'll need to listen again when I can take notes!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-28-16
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    "something for almost any level of researcher"

    I didn't think I would get much out of this since I have been doing genealogy research off and on for more than 30 years . However , I was pleasantly surprised to actually learn something. The list of websites in the pdf more than paid for the price of the audible book.

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    Kindle Customer Fairfield, CT, United States 03-15-16
    Kindle Customer Fairfield, CT, United States 03-15-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Lots of great resources"

    This is one of those books that I wish I'd had a pen while I listen to it. There is a ton of great information if you're interested in genealogy and family studies. You should be ready to copy down resources, links and guidance that will make your research significantly better and more fruitful.

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    Herman 02-23-16
    Herman 02-23-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Venture into your ancestral past."

    I couldn't help but finish it to the end. Let's go get acquainted with them.

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