We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy | [The Great Courses]

Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy

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.
Regular Price:$14.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (33 )
5 star
 (21)
4 star
 (10)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (1)
Overall
4.5 (25 )
5 star
 (15)
4 star
 (9)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (1)
Story
4.4 (27 )
5 star
 (17)
4 star
 (8)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (2)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    S. Stickley 03-13-15
    S. Stickley 03-13-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Chris Cle Elum, WA, United States 01-16-15
    Chris Cle Elum, WA, United States 01-16-15 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Pip 12-01-14
    Pip 12-01-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Absorbed it all"
    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".


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    lre410 Houston, TX, United States 09-22-14
    lre410 Houston, TX, United States 09-22-14 Member Since 2012

    Interested in geneaology, history and writing

    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 08-31-15
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 08-31-15 Member Since 2008

    Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1059
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    473
    259
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    131
    35
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.