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Career Connections Presents – Volunteering: A Doorway to Employment

if you’re looking for a job, you may think your time would be better spent on job-search activities than volunteering.  However, there are several benefits to volunteering.  Come join us as we delve into how volunteering can have a positive impact on not only your job search, but also developing and enhancing import skills and talents sought after by employers.

The New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development has developed a career navigation framework consisting of expert insights and actionable guidance, which follows 3 steps: Plan, Prepare, and Succeed. Volunteering: A Doorway to Employment falls under the ”Prepare” step of this model.

 

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ReferenceUSA: Start, Manage, and Grow a Business

ReferenceUSA is a one-stop resource for all things business.  ReferenceUSA is a collection of 10 databases: U.S. Businesses, U.S. New Businesses, U.S. Historical Businesses, U.S. Jobs/Internships, U.S. New Movers/Homeowners, U.S. Healthcare, U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles, U.S. Standard White Pages, Canadian Businesses and Canadian White Pages.  Please join us for a detailed informational session where entrepreneurs and business owners will learn how to use ReferenceUSA to find the critical information to start, manage, and grow a business.

 

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Money Smart for Older Adults

Elder financial abuse is a common and costly problem.  Conservative estimates suggest that elder financial abuse results in at least $2.9 billion a year.*  Elder financial exploitation can result in the loss of the ability to live independently.  It can also result in a decline in health, broken trust, and fractured families.  Money Smart for Older Adults is designed to provide you with information and tips to help prevent common frauds, scams and other types of elder financial exploitation.

*MetLife Mature Market Institute. (June 2011).  The MetLife Study of Elder Financial Abuse: Crimes of Occasion, Desperation, and Predation Against America’s Elders.  Retrieved from https://www.metlife.com/assets/cao/mmi/publications/studies/2011/mmi-elder-financial-abuse.pdf.

 

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First-Time Homebuyer Information Session

Are you looking to move out of a rental property and finally own your first home, but don’t know where to start or how to pay for it?  We know that saving for a home purchase can be difficult.  Accumulating the funds for a down payment and closing costs can be a common barrier for potential homeowners.  Please join us as the NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency will discuss different options available for first-time homebuyers, including their Smart Start program.

 

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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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Introduction to Proposal Writing

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher?

This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.

It will include:

  • The basic elements of a proposal
  • The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal
  • How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no

 

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African Americans Before the NJ Supreme Court Program Recap

Thank you to Vivian Thiele from the New Jersey State Archives for an unprecedented and revealing look into how African Americans appeared before the NJ Supreme Court in numerous ways during the early colonial and post-Revolutionary War time periods.  One of most common ways Africans Americans appeared in the records of the NJ Supreme were through writs of Habeas Corpus to appear before the court for testimony as well as releases of recognizance, paid by slave owners, so that slaves were able to be “free” and work rather than remained imprisoned while awaiting a trial.   There are also instances where African Americans are named in Replevin lawsuits as stolen property, where one can also find supporting documents about the history of the individual African American, including bills of sale or transfer.  Lastly, Vivian touched on how certain judicial officials can be found repeatedly on different court documents relating to African Americans and how we can use that information as well as their decisions to glean more about their views on slavery, including early abolitionists, such as Joseph Bloomfield.

The records of the NJ Supreme Court relating to slave cases are currently being digitized and are not available online.  However, there is a online database of all of records of the NJ Supreme Court that can be filtered by different criteria, including ethnicity.  There are 463 records that can be found currently under the African American ethnicity criteria.  The database is available at https://wwwnet-dos.state.nj.us/DOS_ArchivesDBPortal/index.aspx.

 

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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