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Our 27th Annual Fall Conference Rescheduled to Saturday, September 25, 2021, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

PATH to AMERICA Immigration Records & Roadshow

Featuring: Rich Venezia

Rich Venezia Photo Rich Venezia is a New Jersey native living in Philadelphia. He founded Rich Roots Genealogy in 2013. He was a member of the research team of Genealogy Roadshow (PBS) for two seasons, and also consulted on Follow Your Past (Travel Channel). He is an expert in the research of 20th-century immigrant ancestors, especially underutilized record series and federal records. He also specializes in Italian and Irish research. Additionally, he assists clients with dual citizenship applications for Ireland and Italy, and is himself a proud Italian dual citizen. He holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, and is Past-President of North Hills Genealogists. He lectures nationwide and spoke at TEDxPittsburgh in 2017. He recently spearheaded the #RecordsNotRevenue campaign, which received nationwide media attention.

Three Lecture Topics

Ship Manifests: An In-Depth Look – This lecture provides a deep dive into some of the most commonly used records in immigrant research and how they may surprise us – including how subsequent notations on ship manifests and an overview of the various indexes available could lead to more discoveries.. Naturalization Know-How: The Laws and Records of U. S. Citizenship – Records from different time periods will be shown, naturalization history, and strategies to find naturalization records will be discussed. This will include naturalization laws from 1790 to present. The Aliens Are Coming: USCIS Record Sets – A-Files? AR-2 Forms? C-Files? Oh my! Wade through the alphabet soup of the record sets the US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) holds to find where your immigrant ancestor may be hiding.

Immigration Roadshow

Register by August 14th to be considered for selection in Rich’s Immigration Roadshow! Are you confused about when your grandma became a citizen? Have you been looking for a ship manifest for years to no avail? Submit your immigration record challenge by August 14, 2021 for Rich to research. If selected*, Rich will feature your challenge in the Immigration Roadshow session! Rich will study your challenge and suggest records for you to research. Visit the FVGS Roadshow Application to submit your Immigration Roadshow research challenge. * Note: Research cases will be selected at the speaker’s discretion. Not all submissions will be selected for the Immigration Roadshow session.

The Conference will run from 9 am to 4 pm

Grace United Methodist Church, 300 E. Gartner Road, Naperville, Illinois

The church is conveniently located on Gartner Road just east of Washington Street (north of 75th Street and west of Naper Blvd). The building will open at 8 AM for walk-in registrations with the conference beginning promptly at 9 AM.

Muffins and Coffee before 9 AM and Box Lunch are included. Genealogy vendors and door prizes are also featured. The syllabus will be distributed electronically by email to registered attendees on September 23rd. (A printed syllabus will not be supplied on the day of the conference.)  
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