EVENT: Preserving Our Past in Photographs

The Mendham Borough Historical Society meets on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. in the Garabrant Center, 4 Wilson Street, Borough. The program at 7:45 p.m. features Jim DelGiudice presenting, “Preserving Our Past in Photographs.” Old photos were kept in the end-table drawer, but now they are everywhere – computers, DVDs, ‘the cloud.’ Is that safer? Continue reading

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

Cemetery Tour to Explore Rahway in the Civil War

This year’s cemetery tour, “The Civil War Comes to Rahway,” will focus on former residents of the city who served, fought, and in some cases died in the War Between the States as well as private citizens affected by the conflict. The tours will be given on Sunday, October 2 in the historic Rahway Cemetery where 304 Civil War veterans are interred.

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Walking Tour of Mt. Hebron Cemetery Led by Montclair Historical Society

Date: October 22, 2016
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Founded in 1863, the Mt. Hebron Cemetery was established on farmland donated by the area’s earliest Dutch settlers. Plots include some of the oldest family names in Speertown (Upper Montclair) and Cranetown (Montclair). The 30-acre cemetery is the smallest in Montclair, and perhaps one of the most beautiful, with stunning views from its location on the eastern slope of First Mountain.

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South Jersey Church Records… Across the Delaware River

Researchers with roots in South Jersey, particularly those in Burlington and Camden counties, should pay special attention to a collection from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) in Philadelphia.  Officially titled —  Pennsylvania and New Jersey Church and Town Records (1708-1985) —  this collection was indexed, digitized and made available through Ancestry in January 2012. The bulk of the church records within the collection comes from Protestant and Methodist church congregations.  However, additional material available includes cemeteries, funeral home records, historical societies, and newspapers.

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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.