Tag Archives: Genealogy

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

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.

Want to get started before the class?
Check out the Genealogy LibGuide!

Please Note: This program is a webinar

Click here to register!

 

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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Preserving Family Photographs Program Recap

Thank you to Gary Saretzky from the Monmouth County Archives for his in-depth presentation on preserving personal photographs.  Gary has over 40 years experience as a photographer and performs photograph conservation and restoration for the archives.  There are many different types of photographs that we collect over the years that all have different preservation requirements from special alkaline paper to light sensitivity to cooler and drier storage parameters.  Each type of photograph is unique and will require a variety of actions to ensure its preservation.  A universal tip is to make sure your photographs are in some sort of container to prevent excessive light damage as well as to prevent smoke or water damage in the case of a fire or flood.  To help prevent slow degradation, ensure that your photos are stored in an area that is consistently below 70 degrees Fahrenheit and around 50% relative humidity.   When it comes to digital-born photographs, it is recommended to save the photographs as TIFF files and back them up to the Cloud or an external hard drive.  For scanned photographs, make sure to increase the DPI (dots per inch) for smaller photographs; the standard DPI for an 8×10 photograph is 600.  For more information on photograph preservation, please visit the Northeast Document Conservation Center at https://www.nedcc.org/free-resources/preservation-leaflets/overview.

Preserving Family Photographs

Since the introduction of photographic portrait studios in 1840, photographs have been among the most treasured of family records but, while most are long-lasting when stored optimally in archives, in the home environment, they are all too often prone to fading and discoloration.  In this slide lecture, Gary Saretzky, Archivist at the Monmouth County Archives, will provide guidance on how the life of family photographs can be extended so that they can be passed down to future generations.  The lecture includes examples of how old photographs can be enhanced or restored in the computer after digitization.

 

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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!

Genealogical Research Stories: Women of New Jersey

In honor of Women’s History Month, come hear some Genealogy Research Stories pulled from New Jersey’s genealogical records collections!  Join Regina Fitzpatrick, the New Jersey State Library’s Genealogy Librarian, in exploring stories of some remarkable women who lived here in New Jersey.  Time will be left at the end of the program so that others can share their own stories of remarkable women in their family tree!

 

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Organizing Your Genealogy Program Recap

A big thanks to Michelle Novak, a trustee of the NJ Genealogical Society and editor of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County’s national award-winning newsletter “The Archivist”, who gave a very informative presentation on organizing your genealogy research.  Whether you are working with paper or electronic records, having clear and defined organizational strategies will help ensure that you never miss a beat.  Some takeaways from her presentation include:

  • Break down big problems into small challanges
  • Think beyond today and make sure you have actual copies (paper and electronic) of the records your are working with and make sure they are saved in multiple locations
  • Be ruthlessly consistent, especially in terms of how you organize your files as well as how you name electronic folders and files
  • Protect and share your work, particularly encouraging other family members from younger generations to appreciate all of the hard work you have done

You can download a copy of her handout below which includes all of her tips and suggestions, as well as instructions on how to save web pages as PDFs.

Organizing Your Genealogy Handout