Tag Archives: Genealogy

Documenting Your Past with iBiographer

Genealogy is an ongoing process that requires time and dedication.  While we may feel a sense of relief after hunting down elusive documents or references, we often forget that we still need to compile this information in a way that is easy to share with others as well as survive the test of time.  Determining how to organize your research, whether for publication or personal use, as well as how to store your information can be a hassle.  Please join us as we conclude our National Family History Month programming as Sofia Milner, creator of iBiographer, presents a wonderful tool to help you wrap up your many hours of research and toil.  iBiographer is a free secure website for people to write biographies about themselves and their family members. You can create a family tree, upload photos, videos, music and documents to the biography. It’s a place you can preserve your family history for present and future generations to see.

 

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Some New, Free and Exciting Genealogy Websites

The internet has made many things in our lives easier, including genealogy research.  As a result, there are many electronic resources out there for any caliber of genealogist.  Lew Meixler, Chair of the Mercer County Jewish Genealogy Society at Beth El Synagogue will present on a wide variety of online genealogical sites, both popular and hidden gems.  While many of the sites are free, he will cover some fee sites.  The talk will provide examples of how using a number of sites together help to provide information about family ancestors both here in the U.S. and in other countries.  While most of the examples will be centered on Jewish genealogy, the information is very applicable to all types of genealogy research.  Please join us and Lew as we continue to celebrate National Family History Month!

 

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WEBINAR – Researching Your Pre-May 1848 Ancestors

Vital records are a critical resource for any genealogist, but they are not always easy to find, especially as your travel farther up your family tree.  May 1848 marks the start of New Jersey’s State Vital Records (birth, marriage, and death) collections, the most authoritative source of personal information about your ancestors.  So, how do we find and research our ancestors who lived before then?  Join New Jersey State Library Genealogy librarian Regina Fitzpatrick to find out and help us kick off National Family History Month!

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Records at the Camden County Historical Society Program Recap

Thank you to Bonny Beth Elwell, Library Director at the Camden County Historical Society for shedding light on a wide variety of unique resources available at the CCHS.  The CCHS has a wealth of information over many collections, including city directories, cemetery records, property records, and newspapers.  Especially useful are the digitized Camden city newspapers available on www.newspapers.com, including Camden County Courier, Camden Evening Courier, and Camden Courier Post.  There are also unique newspapers on microfilm recently discovered including The New Republic and Herald and Gloucester Farmer.  Other unique records include Naturalization and Immigration papers, police reports, and yearbooks from Camden county high schools and universities.  For a comprehensive listing of all that the CCHS Library has to offer, please visit https://www.njstatelib.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/CCHS-Library-Holdings.pdf.  For more information on the CCHS, including hours of operation and other events, please visit https://www.cchsnj.org/.

Records at the Camden Historical Society

Historical societies provide a wealth of information related to local histories as well as the families associated with those locales.  These often overlooked and underappreciated institutions hold valuable resources that are sometimes found nowhere else.  Please join us as Bonny Beth Elwell, , Library Director of the Camden County Historical Society, discusses the genealogical resources available in the CCHS archives, including city directories, cemetery records, naturalization records, newspapers, photographs, family files, Family Bibles, yearbooks, and other documents.

 

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Getting the Most Out of Your Ancestry.com Account Program Recap

Thank you to Lew Meixler from the Mercer County Jewish Genealogy Society at Beth El Synagogue, East Windsor, NJ for his presentation on different features and tools available through an Ancestry.com subscription.  Creating a family tree is one of the most popular features associated with an Ancestry.com subscription.  You can easily add or change relationships between people in your tree, include unrelated persons in your tree to investigate later, and you can merge two persons if you find out that they are actually the same person while keeping all of the information and records associated with each one.  Additionally, you can easily transfer your family tree to other sites such as Family Search, search purchased add-ons like Newspapers.com or Fold-3 directly from your tree, and receive “hints” in the form of green leafs for records that may be related to individuals in your tree.  You can find a copy of Lew’s presentation at the link below.

Getting the Most Out of Your Ancestry.com Account Presentation

Getting the Most Out of Your Ancestry.com Account

Have you always wanted to know how to use some of the useful features in your Ancestry.com account?  Please join us as Lew Meixler, chair of the Mercer County Jewish Genealogy Society at Beth El Synagogue in East Windsor will delve into how to create family trees, correct records, link to primary documents, and add more information about your ancestors to share with others.

 

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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

Slavery and Emancipation Laws in 19th Century New Jersey

Come celebrate Juneteenth, marking the official end of slavery in the United States, at the New Jersey State Library with a lecture on Slavery in 19th Century New Jersey.   We’ll be discussing slavery and slavery laws in New Jersey in the 19th Century (1800’s).  The class is designed to provide historical context and background information for those working on genealogical research during this time period.

 

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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!

 

Introduction to New Jersey Genealogy – WEBINAR

Interested in tracing your New Jersey Family History?  Not sure where to start?  Regina Fitzpatrick, our Genealogy Librarian, will review genealogy basics and strategies for collecting information before visiting a repository.  We will also discuss great resources to discover your ancestors at the New Jersey State Library and other repositories.

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Sources and Strategies for Discovering Immigrant Origins

For many genealogists, tracing the origins of immigrant ancestors can be a difficult task and leave on discouraged.  Melissa Johnson, a Certified Genealogist, will help unlock the mysteries of searching for immigrant ancestors.  Learn about various records and strategies to help discover the origins of immigrants who came to the United States during various time periods. This lecture will cover immigration, naturalization, and alien records, as well as other record sets and strategies for studying groups to identify immigrant origins.

 

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