A break? A hiatus? I’m back. #Genealogy

It’s been some time since my last post and I will say, I have missed sharing New Jersey genealogy news with you. While I have been busy with my career with Legacy Tree Genealogists, I still remain connected to my home state New Jersey! In September of 2020, I rejoined the Board of Trustees for the Genealogical Society of New Jersey and am working hard with other Trustees to bring the Society to wider audiences.

Some updates on the New Jersey State Archives include their holdings have recently received death certificates through 1961 (1962 should be available soon!) and the staff has created many new databases, including the Delayed Birth Certificate index (records mainly from the 1940s for births post-1900).

Another great announcement found recently comes from the Newark Public Library’s Newark Evening News Digitization Project. They have digitized the editions for 1883-1923 and have made them available online: https://www.digifind-it.com/newark/. If you have ancestry in Newark or Essex County, this resource is not to be missed.

Until next time! Happy Searching!!

Event: Ukrainian Genealogy Conference, November 4-5th

Less than 10 days left to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount!  Join fellow researchers from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Virginia at this one-of-a-kind event.  Nashi Predky is the only genealogical conference dedicated to Ukrainian research in the US.

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Will I see you this Fall?

It’s September and this means Back-to-School for my family.  However, for me… this means Back-to-Genealogy.  While I slow down my schedule during the Summer to spend more time with my family, I look forward to the normalcy of our school routines.

Currently, my research calendar is getting busier and this means that I’m out to more research “hot-spots”!  In the past month, I’ve made trips to county courthouses, the State Archives, and not-so-close libraries.  What are your plans for research? Continue reading

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

South Jersey here’s your chance!

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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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Searching the “Archives” of the Internet

InternetArchiveLogo“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.

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Day 1 of the 2013 Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh

Week-long institutes are a gathering of like-minded genealogists who want to take their education to a new level.  If you’ve never attended a National Conference or Institute, I encourage you to look into them.

This is my second year attending the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh held at LaRoche College in the North Hills of Pittsburgh.  My choice for the week this year was “Your Immigrant Ancestor’s Stories: Writing a Quality of Narrative” lead by John Philip Colletta.  Since I have a fair amount of immigrant ancestors both 20th century eastern European back to colonial, I thought spending a week with the nationally known Dr. Colletta would be an exciting opportunity for growth in my writing.

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NEW TECHNOLOGY OPTION — There’s an app for that!!

NEW TECHNOLOGY OPTION — There’s an app for that!!

First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth and the Old First Historic Trust are pleased to announce the release of the first edition of an iPhone App designed for visitors to the church’s historic Burial Grounds. Users can search for the names of persons interred using a variety of criteria and learn more about them, including the epitaph inscribed on their headstones.
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