Veteran’s Day Tribute: Hidden Gems Online

Today’NJSA Search the Collectionss post is in honor of all those who served our great country.  I hope you’ll find the following collection of hidden gems helpful in your family research.  I’m wondering how many of us really take the time to review all the options on any given website.  Do you take the time to look at collection titles that may not have immediate or apparent interest?  When using the New Jersey State Archives (NJSA) website, my guess is that most of us choose “Search the Collections” from the main webpage.

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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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New Jersey’s Genealogy TV Show… Family Historian

Are you interested in watching FREE genealogy videos?  Yes, that’s right, I said free.  New Jersey genealogist Stephen Conte hosts the monthly production of “Family Historian” which appears on HomeTowne Television (cable) public access Channel 36 and *online* via www.hometownetv.org.

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Honoring our Jersey Veterans!

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.

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