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.
“The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public.”
This site can be very helpful in your research process as it offer two areas that are the focus in today’s blog post – Web and Texts. While there are others—Video, Audio, and Projects – I’ve chosen the two that I think are the most beneficial for genealogists.
In a weeklong institute, you cover a lot of ground quickly and it can be amazing when you look back over the 18 classes you’ve just completed. With our feet firmly on the floor, we covered the topics of passenger arrival records and naturalizations from colonial times through current and the importance of documentation, not only for the reader, but for you too. We even delved into the publication arena and discussed methods of publishing — print, EPub, self-publish, etc.
While 1948 had significant milestones in U.S. Congress, like the enactment of the law ending racial segregation in the Armed Forces, little did the 80th Congress know the impact of its historic vote passed on 25 June 1948 for stateless persons or “European refugees” in war torn Germany. This important legislation would allow a new beginning in a new country for the Tschubenko’s, a Ukrainian family of three, living over 4,036 miles away in Augsburg near Munich. At the end of World War II, allied forces were dealing with individuals living in former concentration camps who could not return to their former residences due the fear of political or religious persecution.
Sunshine! Temperatures are fantastic. After suffering last week’s heat wave, it was pleasure to walk outside and be enveloped by a cool 67 degrees.
I forgot to include the breaking news about 2014 courses were announced and the lineup is a good one! Next year’s institute will be held 21-25 July 2014 and Determining Kinship Reliably through the Genealogical Proof Standard (Thomas W. Jones, CG) and Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper (Paula Stuart-Warren, CG) are returning for a third year to GRIP. Four new courses will be offered:
- Law School for Genealogists (Judy G. Russell, JD, CG and Richard Sayre, CG)
- Finding and Documenting African-American Families (J. Mark Lowe, CG and Dr. Deborah Abbott)
- Becoming an Online Expert: Mastering Search Engines and Digital Archives (D. Joshua Taylor)
- Practical Genetic Genealogy (Debbie Parker Wayne, CG; CeCe Moore and Blaine Bettinger)