GRIP 2021 WNYGS Sponsored Webinar

"Ship Manifests: An In-Depth Look" with Rich Venezia

Once again, WNYGS is proud to be an evening webinar sponsor for the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh's August session. The program will take place on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 7 p.m. EST, and it is free to Society members, GRIP participants, and the general public.

Lecture Type: Zoom Presentation

Registration: Advanced online registration is required. Click here to sign up for the program.

Program Description:
Ship manifests are the “go-to” record to find immigrant arrivals in the 1800s and 1900s. Discover all the different information they can tell us. 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.

Speaker Bio:
Rich Venezia is an expert in the research of 20th-century immigrant ancestors, especially in underutilized record sources and federal records. He is the go-to guy for assistance with dual citizenship applications for Italy and Ireland. Other main areas of focus include Italian, Irish, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and New Jersey research. Rich treats all family histories as his own, and finds a great deal of joy in sharing this information with others. He believes that learning about your ancestors allows you to learn about yourself. Mr. Venezia was a member of the research team of Genealogy Roadshow (PBS) for two seasons and also consulted on Follow Your Past (Travel Channel). He has researched family histories for private clients, TV shows, attorneys, and other genealogical research firms. He has been quoted in CNN, Washington Post, CBS News, Thrillist, and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He is a recognized leader in his field in the research of immigration and naturalization. He has coordinated week-long courses on these topics for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, and has lectured at national conferences from Washington State to New Jersey, and everywhere in between. He spoke at TEDxPittsburgh in 2017, and has appeared regularly on Pittsburgh Today Live. His writings have been featured in Family Tree Magazine, Irish Lives Remembered, as well as various blogs and newsletters. Mr. Venezia currently serves as a Member At Large on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists. He received his Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University in 2015, and is the Immediate Past-President of North Hills Genealogists in Pittsburgh. []

Last updated: August 12, 2021