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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Monmouth County Surrogate to Digitize over 80,000 Estate Files (1967-1992)

Estates from 1967 to 1992 to be available on Surrogate’s Records Room computers

FREEHOLD, NJ – The conversion and indexing of over 80,000 microfiche estate records to a digitized format is under way in the Monmouth County Surrogate’s Office, announced Surrogate Rosemarie D. Peters. When the conversion is completed, the records, extending from 1967 to 1992, will be imported into the existing imaging software system and will be available on computers in the Surrogate’s Records Room in the County Hall of Records, Main Street, Freehold.

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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

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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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES RECEIVES GRANT TO DIGITIZE IMPORTANT HISTORICAL NJ NEWSPAPERS

With $186,204 grant New Jersey becomes the 44th state to participate in the National Digital Newspaper Program, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project is a collaboration of Rutgers University Libraries, the New Jersey State Archives and the New Jersey State Library that will make the history of New Jersey known to its citizens and the world. The plan, according to project director and Rutgers University digital archivist Caryn Radick, is to scan existing microfilm from the New Jersey State Archives and to make searchable digital files available through the Library of Congress website Chronicling America. Over a two-year period, the project will digitize and catalog at least 100,000 newspaper pages, originally published between 1836 and 1922 and not currently available in digital format.

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Treasure Trove Thursday: US District Court – Newark, NJ [NARA RG21 M2123, 1914-1945]

A new Historical Records Collection at FamilySearch

An announcement in the June 26, 2016 edition of Nu? What’s New? The E-zine of Jewish Genealogy from Avotaynu (Volume 17, Number 25), alerted researchers that there were newly digitized naturalization records for U.S. District Courts in Newark and N.Y.C. Today, we’ll be looking at how to access these new online images.

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Using the Indexes: New Jersey Births-Marriages-Deaths, 1901-03 and the Bride’s Index, 1901-14

Late in 2015, Reclaim the Records, a not-for-profit group of genealogists, historians, researchers, and open government advocates, worked with the New Jersey State Archives to acquire the microfilm to the birth, marriage and death annual indexes for 1901, 1902, and 1903.  While speaking with the Archives, she was also able to submit a request for the Bride’s Indexes for 1904-09 and 1910-14.  You can read more about the project’s Records Request #5: New Jersey Birth, Marriage, and Death Indices, 1901-1903 and 1901-1914 on their website.

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New Jersey Day Celebration, June 24th

New Jersey Day Celebration
Friday, June 24, 2016
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In celebration of New Jersey Day, the anniversary of the founding of New Jersey in 1664, several of the State’s cultural agencies have put together a series of exhibits and programs for Friday, June 24, 2016, on the 1st Floor of 225 West State Street, Trenton, N.J.

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What? Wait! You’re Telling Me There Are No Indexes!?

A general sentiment that I read quite frequently on the messages boards is that doing research in New Jersey is so difficult.  Digging deeper, I find that the trouble is with the time period… the early 20th century.  The trouble isn’t with the records themselves; the trouble is the lack of indexes!

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