Rich is available to lecture for genealogical and historical societies, events, and family reunions, both in-person and via webinar. He'd love to hear from you - contact Rich today for more information on availability and fees.

See the available lectures below. If you don't see something applicable to your group, Rich is happy to prepare a custom lecture or webinar to fit the interests of your group or society with enough lead time. 

Lectures Available:

+Italian-Americans: Find Your Roots in the Old Country
Learn the basics of Italian records, what’s available and where, and tips and tricks for finding elusive ancestors. Discover your famiglia and make Nonna proud!

+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 holds to find where your immigrant ancestor may be hiding.

+Discovering Your Immigrant’s Origins: Exhausting Every Resource
Pin down your elusive immigrant ancestor’s place of origin using some well-known – and lesser-known – record sets, ideas, and techniques.

+Discovering Your Immigrant’s Origins: Digging Deeper
Continue the search to find your ancestor’s foreign origins in some lesser-used record sets – and help contextualize their life in the United States.

[Note: The above two lectures can be combined into one lecture, Discovering Your Immigrant's Origins]

+Naturalization Know-How: The Laws and Records of U. S. Citizenship
Many records were created when immigrant ancestors became American citizens. Learn what they are and how to find them.

+Unsung Immigration Records of NARA: Contextualizing Recent Immigrant Ancestors
The National Archives holds various records about that can provide a treasure trove of information on twentieth-century immigrant ancestors that made America their home. Learn about INS Case and Correspondence Files, Bureau of Naturalization Correspondence Files, Alien Personal History and Statement forms, and A-Files.

+Finding Your Pot of Gold: On-site Research in Ireland
While there may not be any leprechauns, researching in Ireland can still uncover genealogical gold. Learn which repositories on the Emerald Isle are not to miss.

+Emerald Isle Express: Researching Irish Ancestors
Discover the variety of Irish record sets available, where to find which records, and how to learn the stories of your Irish ancestors. 

+Demystifying Dual Citizenship: The Purpose and the Process
Of Italian or Irish descent and think you may qualify for dual citizenship? This how-to aims to break down the process and have you on your way to your red passport in no time.

[The above lecture can also focus exclusively on Italy or Ireland.]

+Pittsburgh Preview: Researching in the Steel City
Make the most of your Pittsburgh research trip by learning about the archives and resources the Steel City has to offer.

Upcoming Lectures:

Past Lectures:

  • TEDx Pittsburgh (June 2017)
  • Italian Genealogy Workshop (June 2017): Demystifying Dual Citizenship: The Purpose and the Process
  • National Genealogical Society 2017 Family History Conference (May 2017): Full lectures: Discovering Your Immigrant’s Origins: Exhausting Every Resource and The Aliens Are Coming: USCIS Record Sets; Mini-lectures at FindMyPast booth: Irish Research From HomeResearch in Irish Valuation Cancelled Books, and Find Your Immigrant Ancestor's Origins
  • Nashi Predky 2017 Spring Workshop (May 2017): The Aliens Are Coming: USCIS Record Sets
  • Ohio Genealogical Society 2017 conference (April 2017): Italian-Americans: Find Your Roots in the Old Country and The Aliens Are Coming: USCIS Record Sets
  • Mt. Lebanon Genealogy Society (February 2017):  Italian-Americans: Find Your Roots in the Old Country
  • Bucks County Genealogical Society (November 2016): Italian-Americans: Find Your Roots in the Old Country and Emerald Isle Express: Researching Irish Ancestors
  • Cranberry Genealogy Club (September 2016): Discovering Your Immigrant’s Origins: Exhausting Every Resource
  • Italian Genealogical Group (September 2016): Italian-Americans: Find Your Roots in the Old Country
  • North Hills Genealogists (August 2016): Italian-Americans: Find Your Roots in the Old Country
  • The Genealogical Society of New Jersey (June 2016): Italian-Americans: Find Your Roots in the Old Country and Discovering Your Immigrant’s Origins: Exhausting Every Resource
  • Passaic County Genealogy Club (May 2016): Discovering Your Immigrant’s Origins: Exhausting Every Resource
  • The Genealogical Society of the West Fields (May 2016): Discovering Your Immigrant’s Origins: Exhausting Every Resource
  • The Italian Genealogy Society of New Jersey (May 2016): The Aliens Are Coming: USCIS Record Sets
  • The Italian Genealogy Society of New Jersey (May 2015): Discovering Your Immigrant’s Origins: Exhausting Every Resource
  • Monmouth County Genealogy Society (March 2015): Italian-Americans: Find Your Roots in the Old Country