GSNJ’s 100th Annual Meeting: a long legacy of New Jersey genealogy

This week the Genealogical Society of New Jersey will hold its 100th Annual Meeting. This year, it will be held virtually and is followed by a presentation — Reclaim the Records — by Alec Ferretti.

The Genealogical Society of New Jersey—
A History of Genealogical Preservation

The Genealogical Society of New Jersey (GSNJ) was founded in 1921 by a group of genealogical scholars dedicated to the preservation of New Jersey family history. A common interest among GSNJ’s founders was the transcription of tombstone information. Styling themselves “tombstone hounds,” they began organizing “tombstone hunts” at burying grounds around the state.

In 1924, the Society was incorporated with a mission to discover, procure, preserve and publish information pertaining to families and individuals associated with New Jersey. GSNJ’s institutional history has depended extensively on contributions made by volunteers.

Genealogical Society of New Jersey’s 96th Annual Meeting

GSNJSaturday, 4 November 2017, 10:30am
Pane Room, Alexander Library, Rutgers University
169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Keynote Presentation:

Must-Have Resources for New Jersey Genealogy

Presentation by Michelle Tucker Chubenko, Legacy Tree Genealogists and Jersey Roots Genealogy

Many of New Jersey’s best reference materials and web resources require detailed explanation in order to be used effectively. We’ll discover how to find and use a variety of published reference books, journals, source material, finding aids, as well as explore some websites vital for New Jersey genealogical research.

Online RSVP: http://www.gsnj.org/2017-annual-meeting/

 

Tri-County History Fair: Middlesex, Somerset, and Union Counties

Plainfield Public Library Announces Tri-County History Fair
Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 10 am to 4 pm

The Plainfield Public Library is excited to announce the Tri-County History Fair for Middlesex, Union, and Somerset Counties. Join colleagues, friends, and neighbors for a fun day of historical discovery, resource sharing, raffles, and more. On Saturday, October 22nd from 10 am to 4 pm, over 20 local history organizations, museums, and libraries will be exhibiting and promoting their historical collections on the library’s lower level around the area fountain. There will be two exhibits on display at this time: Contemporary Photographs of Plainfield Veterans by Plainfielder Brian Price and Plainfield in Pictures– a selection of images from the library’s historical photograph collections. Continue reading

Family History Month celebrates 25 years!

Happy 25th Birthday Family History Month!

Started by the Monmouth County (NJ) Genealogy Society in 1990, the Family History Month initiative hit mainstream genealogy in 2001.  Since then, it’s popularity has steadily risen and today, you can read about national coordination of events to celebrate:

And a bit closer to home, I’ve compiled a list of New Jersey events in October:

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Do you have Danish ancestry?

Let me introduce you to DANE!  The Danish Archive North East (DANE) is located at the Danish Home in Edison, New Jersey.  Their holdings include books, letters, genealogical information, and sociological data comprising the collection of Danish heritage.  The geographical identifier — Northeast — emphasizes their mission to bring the stories of the many Danes who settled and contributed to the history and growth of the northeastern United States.

Key Holdings for Researchers:

Family Files
Microfilm (Perth Amboy centric)
* City Directories
* Censuses
* Newspapers
Church Records for Our Saviours Danish Lutheran Church
Membership Lists
Library of 1000+ items

Upcoming Event:

Genealogy workshop
Sunday, May 17 – 2-5pm

LOCATION: Danish Home, 855 New Durham Road, Edison, New Jersey

URL:  http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~njdane/

For more information, contact DANE via email.

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!