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!!

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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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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