Rich is available to lecture for genealogical and historical societies, events of all kinds, 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. 


TEDxPittsburgh

Rich is honored to have been chosen by TEDxPittsburgh for their June 2017 Talks at the Byham Theatre. You can watch his talk below!

Tracing our family's history can take us down some interesting paths. Take it from a genealogist who thinks that each of those paths, regardless of how bumpy or smooth, can lead us to a surprising place: empathy for others. Rich Venezia is a professional genealogist and founder of Rich Roots Genealogy, which specializes in 20th-century immigrant ancestry.

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!

+Italians in America: Their Records, Their Stories
In addition to helping find a town of origin, ethnic record sets specific to Italian-Americans can help contextualize your ancestor’s life.

+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:

  • Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (Salt Lake City - 21-26 January 2018): Common Threads: Weaving Our Ancestral Tapestries plenary session and Becoming American: A Deeper Look at Immigration and Naturalization Records and their Laws in Course 11: "Corpus Juris: Advanced Legal Concepts for Genealogy"
  • Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research (online - 10-17 March 2018): Uncovering Immigrant Origins
  • Fairfax Genealogical Society's Spring Conference (Falls Church, VA - 6-7 April 2018): Discovering Your Immigrant's OriginsNaturalization Know-How: The Laws and Records of U. S. Citizenship, The Aliens Are Coming: USCIS Record Sets, and Unsung Immigration Records of NARA: Contextualizing Recent Immigrant Ancestors
  • Ohio Genealogical Society's Annual Conference (Columbus, OH - 11-14 April 2018): Italians in America: Their Records, Their Stories, Emerald Isle Express: Researching Irish Ancestors, and Pittsburgh Preview: Researching in the Steel City
  • Florida State Genealogical Society (via webinar - 19 April 2018): Naturalization Know-How: The Laws and Records of U. S. Citizenship

Past Lectures:

  • Central Jersey Genealogical Club (November 2017): Italian-Americans: Find Your Roots in the Old Country
  • Passaic County Genealogy Club (November 2017): Emerald Isle Express: Researching Irish Ancestors
  • Main Line Genealogy Club (November 2017): The Aliens Are Coming: USCIS Record Sets
  • Italian Genealogical Society of New Jersey (November 2017): Italian-Americans: Find Your Roots in the Old Country
  • Roots in the Boot (October 2017): Demystifying Dual Citizenship: The Purpose and the Process
  • Czechoslovak Genealogy Society International Genealogical and Cultural Conference ( October 2017): The Aliens Are Coming: USCIS Record Sets
  • Wisconsin State Genealogical Society (October 2017): The Aliens Are Coming: USCIS Record Sets
  • Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society (October 2017): The Aliens Are Coming: USCIS Record Sets
  • Grand Scale Video Productions (October 2017): Save Your Photos Day
  • Italian Sons & Daughters of America St. Jude Lodge (October 2017): Demystifying Dual Citizenship: The Purpose and the Process
  • Fairfax Genealogical Society (September 2017): Discovering Your Immigrant’s Origins and Emerald Isle Express: Researching Irish Ancestors
  • TEDx Pittsburgh (June 2017): How to Grow Empathy from Uncovering Your Roots
  • 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