Author Archives: Regina Fitzpatrick

About Regina Fitzpatrick

I'm the Genealogy Librarian here at the State Library. I love researching New Jersey Family History, and am always happy to help researchers delve further into their ancestries. Please feel free to stop by and say hello!

Career Connections Presents – Volunteering: A Doorway to Employment

Thanks to those who attended Career Connections Presents – Volunteering: A Doorway to Employment!  During the presentation, we discussed how volunteering might be a valuable addition to standard job searching activities.

Volunteering gives you the opportunity to:

  • Expand your social circles and create more networking opportunities
    • These networking opportunities can lead you to potential job openings, within or outside the volunteer organization, and have your supervisor serve as a professional reference
  • Learn new and develop existing skills, such as customer service, project planning, communication, or problem solving
  • Learn more about a specific job or field that you are interested in to determine if you should commit your time to pursuing a new career
  • Add work experience to your resume to demonstrate the necessary skills you will need in a new job or help fill in gaps of employment to show that you are motivated and active

Are you interested in finding a volunteer position and are not sure where to start?  The Governor’s Office on Volunteerism can link you to volunteer agencies who are looking to recruit.  In addition the New Jersey Career Connections website has a listing of volunteer organization websites or search engines designed to help connect you with a great volunteer position.  If you need additional assistance locating a great volunteer position, please contact the New Jersey State Library Reference Department at 609-278-2640 x103.

eBooks and Audiobooks @NJSL

Enjoy reading eBooks or digital audiobooks?  State employees and Thomas Edison State University (TESU) staff, students and mentors may use their New Jersey State Library Card to access over 21,000 fiction and non-fiction digital books for free via eLibraryNJ, a collection shared by many library systems in New Jersey, including the State Library.  Public users may check the member list to see if their local public library is part of eLibraryNJ.  If yes, you may use your public library card to access the same collection of books.

The eLibraryNJ collection includes:

  • Bestselling works (Fiction and Non-Fiction)
  • Popular authors
  • Young Adult Fiction
  • Book series

You may browse selections from both the eBook and audiobook collection online without checking out or reading any items.

 

In order to read our eBooks or audiobooks in eLibraryNJ, download the Libby app to your phone, tablet or other device.  Wondering if your device is compatible? Check the device profiles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have any problems with the Libby app, OverDrive’s help page is a fantastic resource with detailed videos, images, and clear instructions to assist in resolving issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If State Library authorized users need further assistance, please feel free contact the Reference Department. Public users should reach out to their local library.

We hope you enjoy our offerings via eLibraryNJ!

Are you looking for eReference resources?  Read on to learn about the State Library’s eBook Reference Collection!

The New Jersey State Library has an extensive collection of reference eBooks and reference databases that provide information on a wide range of topics.  Visitors to the library may access Reference eBooks onsite; however, remote access to eReference materials is restricted to State Library authorized users: state employees and, unless otherwise noted, Thomas Edison State University staff, students and mentors. Authorized users needing a State Library access card, should complete the appropriate online registration form.

Four Ways to Access NJSL Reference eBooks:

NJSL Research GuideReference Online and in Print  is an introduction to the New Jersey State Library’s print and electronic Reference Collection.   The guide, which is accessible from the State Library’s Research Guides page, provides direct links to Reference eBooks and Reference databases.

New Jersey State Library catalog – All New Jersey State Library Reference eBook titles are cataloged. Use Advanced Search, enter your keyword term and limit your search to the Books-Electronic collection.

eBooks on EBSCOhost – This database of over 15,600 eBooks, includes a growing number of Reference eBooks. To identify Reference eBooks, use the Browse Category

Reference eBook Databases: Salem Press Online & Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVL)
are Reference eBook databases.  Patrons may search for reference resources and download .pdf copies of materials without having to use their library card to checkout.

Salem Press Online, which is accessible from the Research Library Databases page offers access to reference materials published by Salem Press and Greystone on health, science, social science, American history, and business.  Available content includes:

  • Magill’s Medical Guide
  • The Historical Encyclopedia of American Business
  • Defining Documents in American History: Eras
  • Defining Documents in American History: Themes, Great Events from History, Opinions Throughout History, Milestone Documents, and Principles of Business, Science, and Sociology

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) is a collection of over 100 premier reference eBooks covering business, education, the environment, history, medicine, religion, science and social science. Available content includes:

  • Business Plans Handbooks    (series)
  • Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change
  • Everyday Finance: Economics
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health
  • Personal Money Management and Entrepreneurship
  • West’s Encyclopedia of American Law

 

The New Jersey State Library offers thousands of free eResources for research or recreation.  We hope you find our digital items useful and are happy to help you navigate them if you need assistance.  Please contact us at the Reference Department for any questions.

 

 

Meet the New Jersey State Library

Research Library Spotlight“I didn’t know you offered that,” is a common reaction from patrons who hear about the programs and services offered by the New Jersey State Library.  We are committed to providing top quality information services to state employees, Thomas Edison State University (TESU) students and staff, and members of the public.  Highlighted below are some of the State Library’s most popular resources, just in time for the New Year!

Our friendly staff at the Circulation Desk are happy to sign you up for a library card  

Get a Library Card:

A New Jersey State Library card gives all users the ability to check out books frocirculating collections and access our public computers.  Users may also access the library catalog and place holds or renew library materials from home.  State employees may request that holds are delivered to their offices.  State employees and Thomas Edison State University staff and students may also use their library cards to access electronic databases remotely and use the eBook collection.  The NJSL Library Card is free for state employees, TESU students and staff, and New Jersey residents.

Borrow Materials:

From other libraries via ILLiad.  Need a copy of an article or book that is not in the State Library’s collection?  State employees, TESU staff and TESU students may use ILLiad, the State Library’s interlibrary loan system to request these materials.

Conduct research using electronic databases:

The State Library has over 200 research databases available for use, covering a variety of topics, including law, health, science, medicine, government, and business.  Anyone may come to the State Library to access these resources on our public computers.  State employees and TESU staff and students may access certain resources remotely with their library cards.  Not sure which database to search?  Utilize the Start Your Research box on the library’s home page.

Our Test Book Collection is on the 4th Floor near the Reference Desk

Prepare for a New Jersey Civil Service exam with our test books:

The State Library maintains a collection of over 1200 National Learning Corporation exam prep guides.  While the test books are not specific to New Jersey Civil Service titles, they are an excellent tool to help prepare for many exams issued by the Civil Service Commission.

Enjoy reading eBooks on your phone or computer:

State employees and TESU staff may borrow eBooks and audiobooks from eLibraryNJ and from EBSCO eBooks.  Over 13,000 popular fiction and non-fiction titles are available via eLibraryNJ and over 15,000 non-fiction titles are available via EBSCO eBooks.  Install the free Libby app to check out books from eLibraryNJ.  EBSCO eBooks can be downloaded to your device directly in PDF or ePub format.

David Price presents an Author Talk, part of our free series of lectures and programs.

Learn something new with free classes and programs:

The State Library offers free in-house programming on a variety of subjects through our NJSL Presents and Author Talk series.  Keep up with the latest scheduled events via the Upcoming Events calendar on the Library’s homepage.

 

Do you have a reference or research question?

The Reference Department and Law Library are happy to help in person, via phone, text, or e-mail!  Please contact us to help with your question, or to learn more about the State Library’s collections and resources.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Webinar: Genealogy Research Stories Recap

Thank you all for coming to the Webinar presentation of Genealogy Research Stories on Friday January 4th!  The link to the recording of the webinar is at the bottom of the post, for those of you who would like to review or share the presentation.  I will also add the recording to the Recorded Webinars page of the Genealogy Research Guide.  I hope you had a great time hearing some neat stories about my research.  I just wanted to quickly provide you with some citations for my research materials for the stories, in case any of you would like to see any of the original materials.

James Harris, Jr.

The Rapalje Children by John Durand

Find A Grave entries for JamesJames Sr., Ann, and David

Will of James Harris Sr.  Calendar of New Jersey Wills…V.8 p. 166 (abstract) 8443-8448 L Middlesex County (Full Text, available to order online or view on microfilm at NJ State Archives)

Will of James Harris Jr. Calendar of New Jersey Wills…v.12 p. 168 (abstract) 10405L Middlesex County (Full Text, same ordering or viewing options above)

Extracts from Colonial Newspapers articleplus one additional

Colonial Marriage Bond for James Harris Sr. and Anne VanBuskirk 21 June 1748 BK H (part 1) p.77 (available for online ordering or on microfilm at the NJ State Archives)

Supreme Court Case File King vs. Howell, Buskirk, and Harris Middlesex County 1770 #20872* (available for online ordering, also viewable at the NJ State Archives)

Supreme Court Case File King vs. Howell Middlesex County 1770 #20872** (for assault of John Giles, also on January 9th, 1770)

Frederick Dennelsbeck

Detail from Romeo and Juliet by Frank Dicksee

Will abstract of Frederick Dennelsbeck, Sr.  Full Text available via NJ State Archives Book 12 p.308 (recorded copy)

Colonial Marriage Bond for Frederick Dendlesbeck and Barbary Elwell 9th Dec 1766 BK D p.226

Family Search death record for Frederick and BarbaraDennelsbeck

Find A Grave records for Frederick and Barbara


Clara Madden

Women Holding Umbrellas to Provide Shade from the Sun

1870188019001905 (Emma Rayner), 1910(Emma Rayner), 1915 (Clara), 1920 (Emma and daughter Alice Itson), and 1930 (Alice Randall and husband Charles) Censuses

Clara’s death record was found by searching the 1916 death records under her last name “Madden”.  (Remember, New Jersey Death Certificates from 1904-1948 are organized in alphabetical order by last name within the calendar year.)

Here’s a Find a Grave page for Alice Randall, her husband Charles, and Emma Rayner, who died in 1929.  Ada Crist may be Alice Randall’s aunt and Emma’s sister, as one of Clara’s daughters was named Ada.

 

Please feel free to contact me for assistance with your research questions, and check out the Genealogy Research Guide.  I’d love to help you uncover some cool Genealogy stories of your own!

 

Webinar: Researching Your Pre-May 1848 New Jersey Ancestors

Family histories at the New Jersey State Library

Thank you all so much for attending yesterday’s first program of National Family History Month 2018:  Researching Your Pre-May 1848 New Jersey Ancestors!  I hope the information provided will help you further your family research.

In the webinar, we discussed:

1. Useful resources and how to find them on the New Jersey State Library Website.

Colonial Deed – Quit Claim by Benne (Cowaken) to Benjamin Hull 1701 Book AAA p.29

2. The importance of the May 1848 milestone: This was when the State of New Jersey began to collect Birth, Marriage, and Death data for all residents.  These records provide personal information (including birthdate, age, parents’ names) and are highly authoritative because the informant was likely the person themselves or a close relative.

3. The goals of Genealogy: to find a birth, marriage and death record for each individual in a line, working from death to birth, backwards through the generations, starting with yourself.

4. Primary Documents (items produced within a person’s general lifetime) versus Secondary Resources (published items produced long after a person’s death) and how each of these can be useful in researching Pre-May 1848.

Colonial Marriage Bond – Edward Pierce and Katherine Talbot Colonial Marriage Bonds Book 1727-1734 p.131

5. Strategies for researching in pre-May 1848, especially where to start. (If they married or died after May 1848, New Jersey State Vital Records.  If not, Secretary of State’s Estate Papers.)

6. Resources available at the State Library, State Archives, and County Offices particularly useful to researching Pre-May 1848 ancestors. Examples include: Early Land RecordsCounty Marriages and Colonial Marriage Bonds, Family Histories, and Newspaper Extracts.

7. Jeremiah Basse family research example, in which we saw the importance of resources such as Deeds, Wills, and Newspaper Extracts in leaping back a generation.

Don’t forget that the slide deck for the class and a flow chart for Pre-May 1848 research strategies are up on the Genealogy Research Guide’s Guides and Handouts page.  I am happy to answer any further questions you might have!

All featured images taken by Regina Fitzpatrick.

Slavery and Emancipation Laws in 19th Century New Jersey

Thank you everyone for joining me yesterday for our first annual Juneteenth Celebration at the New Jersey State Library.  I hope you enjoyed our lecture on Slavery and Emancipation Laws in 19th Century New Jersey.

I wanted to pass along some useful online and print resources used to prepare this lecture, in addition to some general Juneteenth resources.  I will make the slide deck from the lecture available on the Genealogy Research Guide.

Links and Resources for Slavery and Emancipation Laws in 19th Century New Jersey:

Princeton University Legislating Slavery in New Jersey

Rutgers University The Law of Slavery in New Jersey: An Annotated Bibliography

Slavery in New Jersey

Published Text of the Hornblower Decision (see especially p. 5-6)

New Jersey State Archives Early Land Records Database (under ethnicity select African American to see items related to African Americans in this Collection)

New Jersey State Archives New Jersey Supreme Court Case Files Database (under ethnicity select African American.  A Writ of Habeas Corpus was the mechanism used to bring slaves before the Supreme Court to hopefully get them manumitted.  Many of the cases involving African Americans, especially from 1775-1804 involve a Writ of Habeas Corpus.)

New Jersey State Archives Hunterdon County Manumissions (digital collection)

New Jersey State Archives Burlington County Slave Births (digital collection)

New Jersey State Archives Bureau of Archives and History (BAH) Manuscripts (use CTRL + F to search Finding Aid for “slave”, “slavery”, or “slaves”)

New Jersey Slavery and the Law by Gary K. Wolinetz

Legal Executions in New Jersey 1691-1936 by Daniel Allen Hearn (Somerset County failed slave revolt hanging is on p. 9-10, only source seems to be below newspaper articles)

Extracts from American Newspapers Relating to New Jersey (Somerset County failed slave revolt articles are in Volume I p. 333, p. 334-337, and p. 340-342)

The Ragged Road to Abolition by James J. Gigantino II (see especially Chapter 9, Debating Slavery’s End)

Root and Branch:  African Americans in New York and East Jersey 1613-1863 by Graham Russell Hodges

Juneteenth Links:

What is Juneteenth? By Henry Louis Gates 

Juneteenth: The Birth of an African American Holiday

History of Juneteenth

Texas Remembers Juneteenth

Webinar: Introduction to New Jersey Genealogy Recap

Thank you all so much for attending the webinar Monday introducing you to resources and collections available at the State Archives, the State Library, and various New Jersey County Offices.  I hope you found the information provided useful!  I’m happy to answer any follow-up questions you may have. You may e-mail me or call at 609-278-2640 x162 (my contact info is also on the Genealogy Research Guide).

We discussed Basics of Genealogy, How to plan a Repository visit, and resources available at the State Library,

Family histories at the New Jersey State Library

the State Archives, and County Offices.  The slide deck and the other handouts made available during the webinar are also on the Guides and Handouts page of the Genealogy Research Guide, along with additional handouts and items you may find useful. Staff members at the State Archives and the State Library are always available to answer questions and steer you in the right direction as you are researching.

Please note that the State Library and State Archives are two separate entities with their own collections, equipment, rules, and copy fees.  I’m happy to answer any general questions about State Archives collections and availability, but if you have any detailed reference questions about an Archives resource or wish to order copies of collection items, please contact them at 609-292-6260.

Thank you again for attending, and I look forward to helping you research your New Jersey ancestors!

 

Genealogy Research Stories: Women of New Jersey Class Blog

Thank you all so much for attending yesterday’s Genealogy Research Stories:  Women of New Jersey class.  As promised here are some of the resources mentioned during the presentation:

-The Case Files for Susanna (Susanna vs. William Bloodgood, 1761) and Patience Rutter (Patience Rutter vs. William Bloodgood, 1767) are available at the New Jersey State Archives.

Middlesex County Court of Common Pleas Minute Books are available on microfilm at the New Jersey State Archives.  Rutgers University owns the originals.

-John Tatham’s Probate Documents (Unrecorded Wills Book 4 p.157) are available at the New Jersey State Archives.

Captain Kidd in New York Harbor by J.L.G. Ferris

You may order this item remotely via the State Archives’ website.

-Elizabeth Tatham’s Probate Documents (Unrecorded Wills Book 1 p.117-134) are also available at the State Archives and can be ordered remotely.  Remember, it’s in her inventory that notes she has property at Dorothy Hickman’s house.

-The Burlington Court Book is available at the New Jersey State Library and the State Archives.  It is also published online.  The Judgement against Elizabeth Bassnet for allowing Dorothy Tatham to marry Robert Hickman in her tavern is on p. 229.

The Burlington County Court of Common Pleas Minute Book is available at the New Jersey State Archives.

-Pirate’s Nests and the Rise of the British Empire is available via Google Books.  Information on Robert Hickman can be found on p.279

-Robert Hickman is also mentioned in William Penn’s Papers on p.596 and in Notes, which are available online, and also in published form at the State Library.

-Finally, here’s the article I mentioned about John Tatham, which details his exploits in England and also recounts the story of Dorothy’s marriage to Robert Hickman.

I’d love to help you uncover some of the phenomenal women in your family tree.  If you have any questions about genealogical research, please contact me!

Genealogy Research Stories Recap

Thank you all for coming to Genealogy Research Stories yesterday!  I hope you had a great time hearing some neat stories about my research.  Thank you to the audience members who shared their own interesting research stories as well!  I just wanted to quickly provide you with some citations for my research materials for the stories, in case any of you would like to see any of the original materials.

James Harris, Jr.

The Rapalje Children by John Durand

Find A Grave entries for James, James Sr., Ann, and David

Will of James Harris Sr.  Calendar of New Jersey Wills…V.8 p. 166 (abstract) 8443-8448 L Middlesex County (Full Text, available to order online or view on microfilm at NJ State Archives)

Will of James Harris Jr. Calendar of New Jersey Wills…v.12 p. 168 (abstract) 10405L Middlesex County (Full Text, same ordering or viewing options above)

Extracts from Colonial Newspapers article, plus one additional

Colonial Marriage Bond for James Harris Sr. and Anne VanBuskirk 21 June 1748 BK H (part 1) p.77 (available for online ordering or on microfilm at the NJ State Archives)

Supreme Court Case File King vs. Howell, Buskirk, and Harris Middlesex County 1770 #20872* (available for online ordering, also viewable at the NJ State Archives)

Supreme Court Case File King vs. Howell Middlesex County 1770 #20872** (for assault of John Giles, also on January 9th, 1770)

Frederick Dennelsbeck

Detail from Romeo and Juliet by Frank Dicksee

Will abstract of Frederick Dennelsbeck, Sr.  Full Text available via NJ State Archives Book 12 p.308 (recorded copy)

Colonial Marriage Bond for Frederick Dendlesbeck and Barbary Elwell 9th Dec 1766 BK D p.226

Family Search death record for Frederick and Barbara Dennelsbeck

Find A Grave records for Frederick and Barbara


Clara Madden

Women Holding Umbrellas to Provide Shade from the Sun

1870, 1880, 1900, 1905 (Emma Rayner), 1910 (Emma Rayner), 1915 (Clara), 1920 (Emma and daughter Alice Itson), and 1930 (Alice Randall and husband Charles) Censuses

Clara’s death record was found by searching the 1916 death records under her last name “Madden”.  (Remember, New Jersey Death Certificates from 1904-1948 are organized in alphabetical order by last name within the calendar year.)

Here’s a Find a Grave page for Alice Randall, her husband Charles, and Emma Rayner, who died in 1929.  Ada Crist may be Alice Randall’s aunt and Emma’s sister, as one of Clara’s daughters was named Ada.

 

We will be having additional lectures to celebrate National Family History Month on Wednesday October 18th, Tuesday October 24th, and Tuesday October 31st, 2017.  I hope you’ll join us for these upcoming programs.  Please also feel free to contact me for assistance with your research questions, and check out the Genealogy Research Guide.  I’d love to help you uncover some cool Genealogy stories of your own!

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Top-Notch Resumes I: The Basics Class Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended our Lunchtime Learning class today Top Notch Resumes: The Basics.  In our class today, we learned how to create an effective resume, craft a cover letter, and navigate the New Jersey Civil Service website.

A reminder that we are offering 1:1 or small group sessions on building a resume.  This session will be based on what we learned in class and will give you time and space to construct your resume with assistance.  Please contact me at 609-278-2640 x162 or rfitzpatrick@njstatelib.org to set up an appointment.

Here are some of the online resources we reviewed in class:

Career Connections-remember Resume writing resources are grouped under the “Prepare” section.

Career One Stop-this is a Federal site which hosts Occupational Profiles, useful for mining keywords to use in your resume.

Job and Career Accelerator-this database can either be accessed remotely through the New Jersey State Library by State Employees and TESU community members with a State Library Card.   New Jersey residents may access via Jersey Clicks with a local public library card.  You may also use J&CA on the public access computers at the State Library.

Get Help: Employment Research Guide-has links to resume templates, cover letter advice, job hunting sites and more.

New Jersey State Library Test Book collection-the Library is pleased to offer study guides produced by the National Learning Corporation for those taking a Civil Service Exam.  Test Books can be searched in the Library catalog.  For best results, use the advanced search and restrict the NJSL Collection field to “Test Books”.

In addition, please see below for the two worksheets that were distributed.  If you have questions or need assistance with any of the resources described above, please contact the Reference Department at 609-278-2640 x103 or refdesk@njstatelib.org.

Our next class in the Career Connection series will be LinkedIn 101 on September 27th, 2017.

Resume Prep Worksheet – SLIC developed

Navigating the Civil Service Website to view and apply for jobs

Useful New Jersey Genealogy Electronic Resources at the New Jersey State Library

Thank you all who were able to attend yesterday’s Useful New Jersey Genealogy Electronic Resources class!  I had a great time showing you how to find resources on the State Library website and highlighting some research strategies in Ancestry and Family Search.  Remember, most of the resources we looked at are completely accessible to you from home or your office.  In our discussion, we reviewed:

  1. How to access and search the State Library’s catalog.
  2. How to access and search the City Directory catalog (pdf file, use CTRL+F to search the document)
  3. How to find the State Library’s Genealogy Databases
  4. Using the “New Collections” function in Ancestry to sharpen your search results. (The State Library’s Ancestry subscription is only available for in-house use.)
  5. Using the “Catalog” function on Family Search to sharpen your search results
  6. Reviewing the Newspapers Research Guide, where the State Library’s complete newspaper holdings are listed.
  7. Reviewing the Genealogy Research Guide, which includes overviews of the State Library’s collections, the State Archives’ collections, and County Offices’ holdings, plus guides and handouts.

I’ve posted the handout distributed during class on the Genealogy Research Guide for anyone interested.  Look for additional Genealogy classes as part of the Lunchtime Learning series starting this autumn. Have a wonderful summer, everyone!

Introduction to New Jersey Genealogy Webinar

Thank you all so much for attending the webinar yesterday introducing you to resources and collections available at the State Archives, the State Library, and various New Jersey County Offices.  It was the first webinar I’ve conducted here at the Library, and I hope you found the information provided useful!  I’m happy to answer any follow-up questions you may have. You may e-mail me or call at 609-278-2640 x162 (my contact info is also on the Genealogy Research Guide).

We discussed Basics of Genealogy, How to plan a Repository visit, and resources available at the State Library, the State Archives, and County Offices.  The slide deck and the other handouts made available during the webinar are also on the Guides and Handouts page of the Genealogy Research Guide, along with additional handouts and items you may find useful. Staff members at the State Archives and the State Library are always available to answer questions and steer you in the right direction as you are researching.

Please note that the State Library and State Archives are two separate entities with their own collections, equipment, rules, and copy fees.  I’m happy to answer any general questions about State Archives collections and availability, but if you have any detailed reference questions about an Archives resource or wish to order copies of collection items, please contact them at 609-292-6260.

Thank you again for attending, and I look forward to helping you research your New Jersey ancestors!