Tag Archives: History

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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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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African Americans before the New Jersey Supreme Court, 1704-1840

Please join the New Jersey State Library in celebrating African American History Month by exploring the structure and jurisdiction of New Jersey Supreme Court, focusing on how it factored in the standing of African Americans before the court.   Vivian Thiele, Archivist and Database Developer at the New Jersey State Archives, will present selected civil and criminal cases as examples of how enslaved and free blacks appeared before the court.  Particular attention will be paid to pleadings which are of special interest in the history of enslavement: namely, Habeas Corpus, Replevin, False Imprisonment and Detinue, which were routinely used by  the enslaved, abolitionists, and slave owners to argue matters of freedom.  Further discussion will offer advice on how to interpret the role of African Americans before the court over time, where to look for additional information, and how court records can be used to enhance and expand research into the lives of African Americans in Colonial and Early States history.

 

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