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Ruthenian immigrants from the Austro-Hungarian province of Galicia and Ukrainians from the Russian Empire first began arriving in the U.S. in large numbers at the end of the 19th century. Since then there has never been one place here to learn about how to track down information on individual families with their ancestral roots in Ukraine and southeast Poland. The Ukrainian Historical and Educational Center of New Jersey plans to change this through the launch of its Family History Group in 2014. Join the UkrHEC for the inaugural event of its new Family History Group and learn how to research your genealogy.
In December, the Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society announced the launch the first of their Special Interest Groups (SIGs) at their regular monthly meeting. The Brickwall Busting SIG met and those at the December meeting discussed submissions from members on their “Brickwall Research Problems”.
In honor of Veteran’s Day, today’s post highlights the holdings of the New Jersey State Archives for our New Jersey military. To conduct your New Jersey ancestor’s military research at the NJ State Archives, you should familiarize yourself with their holdings. Beginning with colonial period through the early 20th century, researchers can access the online finding aids of New Jersey’s Department of Defense, comprised of the Adjutant General’s Office and the post of Quarter-Master General, to determine the scope of the collections.
Yes, unfortunately, obtaining vital records can be a challenge in New Jersey if you don’t know where to start your search. On March 3, 1848 New Jersey passed “An ACT relating to the registry and returns of births, marriages, and deaths, in the state of New Jersey” which required town clerks to annually submit a certified copy of births, marriages and deaths that occurred in their jurisdictions. This law created a wonderful set of records, we as genealogists, use to solidify our family branches, twigs and roots.