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Financial Aid Information Session

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.


10 Basic Financial Steps for Special Needs Caregivers

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.


Using Ancestry.com DNA Results to Solve Genealogical Mysteries


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.  


Breast Health Lecture

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!

Researching Your Civil War Ancestors Recap

Courtesy of the New Jersey State Archives

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.

Researching Your Civil War Ancestors

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.


Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors Recap

Thank you to Katherine Ludwig from the David Library of the American Revolution for a wonderful presentation on on researching Revolutionary War ancestry.  The David Library located in Washington Crossing has a treasure trove of information relating to the time period in American History from 1750-1800 including many primary source records on microfilm.  She covered a host of topics including resources available both at the library and available freely online through sites such as Fold3, how to read Pension and Service records, and unique information about the war.  I encourage you to reach out to Katherine at the David Library via email, librarian@dlar.org, or via phone 215-493-6776 ext. 102 for further information on the library’s collections.

Also, do not forget to come check out all of our genealogy resources for New Jersey ancestry, including collections related to the Revolutionary War.  A video recording of the presentation will be made available for online viewing so please check back in the near future.

Dementia Conversations

Don’t wait to have difficult conversations. Invite family, friends, employers and health care professionals to form a care team, communicate with each other, and help you and the person with changes in functioning.  Dementia Conversations is an education workshop offered by the Alzheimer’s Association. This program will offer helpful tips to assist families with difficult conversations related to dementia, including going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans.

Topics covered will include:
• Tips for having difficult conversation around some of the most common issues that arise regarding Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
• The need to plan ahead and build a care team that communicates well in order to reduce the stress that can accompany a disease like Alzheimer’s.
• Connecting with helpful resources to enhance quality of life for everyone involved.
• Hearing from people who are dealing with similar issues.

Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association serving the Greater New Jersey Region

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!


Genealogical Research Stories

Regina Fitzpatrick Genealogy Librarian

Please join the New Jersey State Library on Wednesday October 11th as we kick off our series of programs for National Family History Month.  Regina Fitzpatrick, Genealogy Librarian here at the NJSL, is an expert researcher into New Jersey’s genealogical records collections.  She has found some truly interesting and jaw-dropping stories about residents who lived long ago.  Come hear about forbidden romances, lost relatives, pirates, and criminal activity!  Time will be left at the end of the program so that others can share their own stories uncovered while digging into their family history.  Who knows what your next endeavor may uncover!

Women and Money Seminar Recap

Thank you to Odessa Santiago and Jaime Gangone from the Credit Union of New Jersey and all of those who attended the “Women and Money: Are You Covered?” seminar this past Monday.  The program covered tips and resources for women to maintain financial security in the face of a variety of situations and life-changing events.  From building and managing personal credit to safeguarding your identity and finances from identity left, there are many things to think about and prepare for as a woman in the 21st century.

Please visit the Credit Union of New Jersey’s website, www.cunj.org, for a variety of services and programs aimed to help everyone become financially independent and safe.

Here are some other online resources for women regarding financial management:

http://www.wife.org/ – WIFE, the Women’s Institute for Financial Education, provides a variety of resources and programs aimed at strengthening a woman’s financial independence.  Whether you are looking to build up credit, need financial planning advice for the future, or intimidated by the divorce process, WIFE has the resources and contacts you need to succeed. Cohabiting couples and property rights do not automatically have financial claims against each other. However, where a property is owned by one or both of the couple, they may have a potential claim under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA).

For the purposes of this blog, I am going to focus upon the cohabiting couple’s home.

http://www.wiserwomen.org/index.php?id=38 – The National Resource Center on  Women and Retirement Planning, a special project of WISER (Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement), focuses on providing women all the necessary resources, tools, and strategies needed surrounding retirement.

Please check our Events calendar for future programs!