My 2015 New Year’s Resolutions… Have You Written Yours?

How have you fared in 2014? Reviewing my genealogical goals for this past year, I see that I fell just a smidge short of the 5 “must do” items that I put on my 2014 calendar page for January 1st.

1) RESTART my research business – This has been a slow process, but I’m making strides in increasing my client workload and other genealogical activities.  And beginning this month, my genealogy business is my sole focus.

2) EDUCATION –  Success can be claimed here. I was able to attend the Salt Lake Institiute of Genealogy (SLIG) in January and Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) in July. Yeah for me!  In 2015, I plan on attending GRIP again.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to get to a Genetic Genealogy conference too!

3) MAINTAIN my business identity – Jersey Roots Genealogy hit the airwaves in May 2012 and continues its activities via Facebook, Twitter and blogging. For 2015, I will be continuing to communicate using these tools regularly.

4) REDESIGN genie website – A fresh new look is now online.  JRG had its last redesign in 2013 and I thought it was overdue for an update. Visit me @ http://www.jerseyrootsgenealogy.com

5) SUBMIT my CG application – Well, this one didn’t receive its due attention this year.  Officially, I restarted “my clock” in September and have the binder setup with Requirements #1-#4 already completed, printed and hole-punched. The focus for 2015 is to complete Requirements #5-#7 and submit my portfolio by my due date of August 31st!

While my goals that I’ve list deal mainly with my genealogical business, I have begun a list for the research goals too.  Watch for it in January!

So, what are your 2015 genealogical goals?

Happy Searching!

Michelle

Veteran’s Day Tribute: Armistice and New Jersey connections to Oklahoma

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Railway carriage in which the Armistice was signed November 11, 1918 Courtesy of the New Jersey State Archives, Department of State.

Today is a momentous day in world history.  On the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour, peace came to Europe when the Armistice agreement was signed with Germany in 1918.  Today, a replica of the historic railcar used in 1918 sits in The Armistice Memorial in Compiègne, France.[1] However, among the New Jersey National Guard Photograph Collection at the New Jersey State Archives, a treasure can be found there is a collage of five black & white photos depicting the original railcar and museum.[2] Unfortunately, the original railcar and memorial were destroyed by Hilter in 1945.[3]

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Early Halloween Treat for NJ Genealogists: 1915 NJ State census

Earlier this month, FamilySearch released a new Historical Records Collection online for New Jersey researchers – the 1915 NJ State census.   New Jersey was one of ten states that took a census in 1915; however this enumeration was the seventh and last state census that the Garden State had completed.[1] This indexed collection adds another state census database to the existing records collections list that includes 1885 and 1905.  Hopefully, FamilySearch will be able to add the images to these censuses in the future.

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PBS’s “Genealogy Roadshow” is looking for Philadelphia-area Residents

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South Jersey here’s your chance!

Originally posted on Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter:

Want to have your family history researched by the experts at Genealogy Roadshow?

Last week I wrote about Genealogy Roadshow’s search for New Orleans-area residents who want to explore their family history on national TV. Today, I learned the program’s producers are also looking for Philadelphia area residents for the same purpose.

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Genealogists Initiate a Declaration of Rights

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Fellow genealogists: Won’t you consider signing the declaration?

Originally posted on Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter:

One of the major announcements at the recent conference of the National Genealogical Society was a new Declaration concerning access to public documents. Please note that it includes an opportunity for YOU to sign the Declaration.

The following was written by the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC),
a joint committee of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society, and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies:

Richmond, 10 May 2014: Jordan Jones, President of the National Genealogical Society (NGS), a sponsoring member of the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC), announced the Genealogists’ Declaration of Rights before a crowd of more than 2,500 genealogists attending the Opening Session of the NGS 2014 Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia on 7 May 2014.
The Declaration of Rights is a statement advocating open access to federal, state, and local public records. The Declaration affirms America’s long history of open public records…

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Save-the-Date: GSBC Annual Seminar featuring, “The Legal Genealogist”

Genealogical Society of Bergen County (GSBC) has announced a SAVE-the-DATE for their 2014 Annual Seminar to be held on Saturday, 22 November, 2014.   The event will feature “The Legal Genealogist,” Judy Russell, CGsm, CGLsm.

The Seminar Chairperson, Judy Kenney, and her committee will announce details shortly, but in the meantime be sure to mark your calendars for the event.  You won’t want to miss this program!

Passaic County Historical Society Library Reopens

On Friday, May 2nd the Passaic County Historical Society (PCHS) library reopened to patrons wishing to conduct research.  The PCHS Board of Trustees welcomes the new Research Specialist, Jesse McGarity, to their staff and encourage researchers to visit on Fridays, 1pm-4pm and well as the second and fourth Saturdays of each month.

“The PCHS Library encompasses a rich collection of materials related to the history of cities and towns within Passaic County as well as an extensive body of genealogical information on thousands of families who lived within the county.   The library contains approximately 2,800 books.  These include atlases, city directories, books by local authors, published genealogies, and local histories.   The library has a manuscript collection and thousands of family group sheets on file.”

Before you visit, be sure to consult their A Guide to the Genealogy and Local History Collections of the Passaic County Historical Society Library that is online.