Single-day Genealogy Conference Scheduled for October 1st

The Erie Society for Genealogical Research is hosting their “What’s in Your Closet” conference Saturday, October 1, 2016. The full-day event includes two presentations each from keynote speakers John Colletta and Lisa Alzo.

John Philip Colletta is one of America’s most popular genealogical lecturers. Knowledgeable, experienced and entertaining, he resides in Washington, D.C. For twenty years, while laying the foundation for his career in genealogy, he worked half-time at the Library of Congress and taught workshops at the National Archives.

Lisa Ann Alzo, M.F.A., grew up in Duquesne , Pennsylvania , and currently resides in Ithaca , New York . She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1987 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. She began searching for her Slovak roots over 22 years ago. After six years of thorough research came the final result: the book, Three Slovak Women, published by Gateway Press (2001). Her subsequent publications, Baba’s Kitchen: Slovak & Rusyn Family Recipes and Traditions (Gateway Press)–a book devoted to the recipes and traditions that have been in her family for over 50 years-and Finding Your Slovak Ancestors (Heritage Productions) both serve to honor her ancestors and preserve the Slovak culture for future generations.

The conference runs 8:15 am – 3:45 pm at the Jefferson Educational Society, 3207 State Street, Erie. Registration is $30 per person and includes lunch. Additional information can be found by calling the Erie Society for Genealogical Research at (814) 454-1813 x29 or emailing

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