Love crafting but don’t have time to work on your projects? Please join us the third Friday of each month for a Crafting Circle. The group is free-form, meaning you may bring whatever project you’re currently creating and enjoy the company of other crafty folks.
November is National Scholarship Awareness Month and as college applications come due, the burdens of college financing can be overwhelming. Paying for college can be a complex and confusing process, from finding scholarships, to applying for financial aid, to determining which student loans are the best fit. Andre Maglione, Acting Director of Student Aid Services from The Higher Education Student Assistance Authority, will help to clear the confusion through their Financial Aid Information Session. This session will provide useful information on all of the Federal and State grants, scholarships and loan programs available through the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Key information and requirements on filing the FAFSA are covered. In addition, college cost of attendance, the expected family contribution and their combined role in determining aid will also be covered.
The day to day responsibilities of a caregiver can be stressful enough, let alone having to manage someone else’s financial situation. To help caregivers improve their financial literacy and confidence in managing other people’s finances, the Credit Union of New Jersey has created a 3 part seminar series surrounding financial responsibilities of special needs caregivers. The first part, 10 Basic Financial Steps for Special Needs Caregivers, will discuss 10 basic steps to help caregivers get started in preparing for the financial future of their dependent with special needs. As a caregiver of a dependent with special needs the single most important issue on your mind, regardless of the age of the dependent, is what will happen to my dependent after I’m gone. There are some needs that will always be present and they must be carefully considered and planned for appropriately. This workshop addresses such critical issues as applying for government benefits for Social Security and Medicaid, creating a Special Needs Trust, the importance of a Will and considering a Letter of Intent. Taking these 10 basic steps now can help ensure the type of care and quality of life for a loved one’s well-being today and tomorrow.
Please join us as we conclude National Family History Month with a look toward the future of genealogical studies through DNA testing. What family legends can you confirm or deny through this new and evolving form of ancestry discovery? What new and exciting discovers can you reveal about yourself? Joseph R. Klett, director of the State Archives and longtime genealogist, will discuss how he has utilized Ancestry.com DNA results for himself and other families members to explore and determine ancestral connections. Find out how DNA results can dramatically change the trajectory of your research project.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the NJSL is proud to host a presentation on breast health on Friday, October 27th. Patricia Tatrai, a certified health navigator at Capital Health Medical Center-Hopewell and oncology nurse for over 30 years will be presenting on a variety of topics surrounding breast cancer and overall breast health, including:
- Breast Cancer Incidence
- Risk Factors
- Screening Guidelines
- Screening Modalities
- Cancer Genetics
Please join us for this informative session and spread the word about breast cancer!
Thank you to Jon Bozard, Reference Assistant at the New Jersey State Archives, for his informational presentation on Civil War ancestry. Jon covered a variety of record types and collections that can be very useful for amateur and professional genealogists tackling the Civil War. Popular resources available at the state archives include the Record of Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Civil War by William S. Stryker, Regimental Records, and the Federal Pensions. Other less common resources include Payment Vouchers, Muster Rolls by Congressional District, New Jersey Home for Disabled Soldiers case files, and Photographs of Soldiers. All of these collections can be viewed in-person at the State Archives.
Jon also highlighted some digital resources available through genealogical websites such as Ancestry and Fold3. These collections include the U.S. Civil War Pension Index (Ancestry), a small number of Federal Pensions (Fold3), and the 1890 Veteran’s Schedule (Ancestry). If you have any questions about the collections or are looking for direction in your research, please contact Jon Bozard at the State Archives or Regina Fitzpatrick, Genealogy Librarian the State Library.
Career Connections – Acing the Interview
As the NJSL continues to celebrate National Family History month, please join us for Researching Your Civil War Ancestors. Jon Bozard, reference assistant at the New Jersey State Archives, will cover the military records that are available at the Archives, and talk about what information you can and cannot expect to find there. He will also talk about records available at the National Archives in Washington DC, pension files and military service files, as well as show examples of some of the types of records you can find. There will also be information presented on other sites where there might be information of use to researchers.