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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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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

Organizing (and Staying Sane with) Your Genealogy

Genealogy is a fun and exciting endeavor that can easily seem unmanageable with the more information we uncover and the deeper down the rabbit hole we explore.  There are as many ways to organize genealogical information as ancestors in our family tree—and most find that they improve their methods as their records grow.  Michelle D. Novak will explore organizational methods for digitizing, naming, and organizing your paper and digital files, discuss common technology pitfalls to avoid, and present ideas on to help your research live beyond today’s technology.  We’ll draw inspiration from the past, set up common-sense systems, protect against “a matter of when” disasters, and find inspiring ways to share research with your family.

Michelle D. Novak is President of [MND] (www.mnd.nyc), a NYC Brand-Design agency and a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and Boston University Genealogical Research. She is a Trustee of The Genealogical Society of New Jersey; the Genealogical Society of Bergen County, NJ (GSBC); and is Editor of the GSBC’s national award-winning newsletter, “The Archivist.”

 

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Time and Your Bottom Line Program Recap

Thank you to Barbara Berman for her presentation Time and Your Bottom Line.  As a Certified Professional Organizer for over 10 years and multiple positions in the corporate world, she is well accustomed to demands, and sometimes, chaos of the workplace.  She covered 10 tips that all of us can use to help organize our office and increase our efficiency, many of which can be applied to our home-life as well.  Some important tips to maintain an productive and efficient workplace include:

  • setting priorities
  • systematic and logical process for organizing and naming files, both paper and electronic
  • Clear policies for when documents can be purged, and if needed, shredded
  • Have designated places for your different supplies that are easily accessible

For more tips on how to improve your efficiency and time management at work as well as home organization, visit BB’s Clutter Solutions or contact Barbara directly at info@bb-clutter-solutions.com.  You too can go from Bedlam to Brilliance!

NJSL Presents Career Connections – Master the Art of Networking

A critical component of anyone’s career goals and advancement is networking.  Finding the right job or career can be all about WHO you know rather than WHAT you know.  Join us as we highlight why networking is so important in today’s job environment while addressing the following topics:

  • Identifing, building, and expanding your network
  • Network planning
  • Using social media

 

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Time and Your Bottom Line

January is National Get Organized Month and what better way to start than by creating an efficient and effective work space.  Barbara Berman, a certified professional organizer for over 10 years, has developed strategies to optimize both your time and physical environment to increase productivity.  She will share with you 9 quick solutions to get more done every day.  In this session you will learn:

  • How to establish your own goal(s) so that you can stay focused on what you want to achieve.
  • Learn effective organizing methods to become more productive, more efficient, and less stressed in your environment.
  • Simple how-to’s that can be put into practical use right away.

Please join us for this engaging and practical talk!

 

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It’s Elementary My Dear Watson: Solving Mysteries with Genetic Genealogy

Humans are 99.9% identical in their genetic makeup, yet, differences in 0.1% of our DNA has helped us answer questions about our recent and deep ancestral origins.  Direct-to-consumer DNA testing provides the toolbox for solving difficult genealogical problems.  This presentation will guide you in selecting the right DNA test, understanding your results in the context of your family tree, and present examples of how those with little to no knowledge of their family history can make big discoveries.

This topic will be presented by Anthony May.   Anthony has been engaged in genealogy research for over a decade. Anthony is a molecular biology and genetics researcher for the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in Newark, New Jersey.  He is a graduate of Temple and Drexel Universities in Philadelphia, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, and Master of Science in Molecular Medicine, respectively.  He holds a certificate in Genealogical Research from the Boston University Center for Professional Education.

 

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Webinar – Useful Genealogy Electronic Resources

Are you overwhelmed by the amount of electronic genealogical resources and unsure where to start?  Regina Fitzpatrick, Genealogy Librarian here at the New Jersey State Library will offer a live tour of useful electronic resources for researching your ancestors! She will review how to navigate useful resources on the State Library website, search strategy tips for databases and the library’s catalog, and other valuable websites specifically for New Jersey genealogy.

Note:  This is an online webinar.  Please register at the link below.

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Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease – Part 2

Please join us for a 2 part informational session on legal and financial planning regarding caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.  The legal and financial dimensions of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s can be just as difficult as dealing with the progression of the disease itself.  Attendees will learn:

  • Legal and medical instructions and advance directives, legal declarations (guardianship and conservatorship) and documentation, role of legal advisors and how to access their services
  • Financial instructions, directives, documentation, means of paying for long term care (LTC), and role of financial advisors and how to access their services
  • Ethical issues surrounding decision making for care, including truth in diagnosis, therapeutic goals and aggressive care, legal capacity, personhood and autonomy

Part 2 will focus on financial issues related to caring for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease.

 

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Exploring Languages with Pronunciator

In honor of Learn a Foreign Language Month, the NJSL will be offering an informational session on using Pronunciator.  Pronunciator is a language learning program that covers 80 languages that can be learned in any of 50 languages.   Whether you want to learn a new language or just familiarize yourself with a few phrases for a trip abroad, Pronunciator can help.  The database includes courses for each language including different types of drills, quizzes, audio lessons, pronunciation analysis, and phrase books.  Customize your courses to learn what you want and how you want.  This class will show you how to get started with Pronunciator and introduce you to the features available at your fingertips.

Please note: In order to use Pronunciator, you must be a New Jersey State Library authorized user (State employee or Thomas Edison State College staff member or student).  To get a New Jersey State Library card, you can apply online.  Contact the Reference Department with any questions.

 

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Introduction to Finding Grants

Are you new to the field of grant seeking?

Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course.

You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, including:

  • Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations.
  • What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding.
  • How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach.
  • The class will end with hands-on, guided online grant research.

 

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Coping with Behavior Changes in Alzheimer’s Disease Program Recap

Thank you to Mary Anne Ross from Alzheimer’s New Jersey for her presentation Coping with Behavior Changes in Alzheimer’s Disease in honor of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.  Caring for someone who has Alzheimer’s or other dementia related diseases can be a full-time job as well as overwhelming psychically and emotionally, especially when the person we love develops challenging or harmful behaviors.  Mary Anne suggests a 5 step protocol to help manage challenging behavior:

  1. Assess the situation
  2. Analyze possible causes
  3. Determine ways you can respond
  4. Intervene
  5. Evaluate

In some cases, a change in a person’s behavior can be indicative of them trying to communicate in a different way; for example, if a loved one starts becoming agitated at a certain time or becomes restless, that may indicate that they are hungry, but have just forgot how to communicate that verbally.  When dealing with any behavior, here are some tips:

  1. Stay calm and approach from the front
  2. Look for triggers to understand the behavior
  3. Don’t argue or reason
  4. Redirect to an enjoyable and safe activity

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