Past GSNJ Seminars, Programs, and Annual Meetings

The GSNJ holds an Annual Seminar and its Annual Meeting at various locations around the State. Both events feature one or more speakers on topics relevant to New Jersey genealogical research. The Annual Seminar (usually held on a Saturday in the spring or early summer) is a full day of talks and presentations. The Annual Meeting occurs in November where elections of Trustees are followed by one or more presentations.

All GSNJ Members receive meeting notices by mail and the general public is also invited to attend. Events are published here, on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GSNJfb), and via Twitter (https://twitter.com/NJGenealogy).

In addition to GSNJ events, we regularly attend conferences and seminars and partner with organizations who promote New Jersey history and genealogy. Past events where GSNJ has participated or exhibited include: the Monmouth County Archives Day, Tri-County History Fair, the Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair, Family History Center Genealogy Events, the New York Public Library Family History Day, the New York State Family History Conference, among other regional, state, and national conferences.


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2016 GSNJ Annual Meeting and Featured Presentation | Saturday, 12 November 2016

Date/Time: Saturday, 12 November 2016, 10:30 am
Location: Pane Room, Alexander Library, Rutgers University, 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

The presentation was preceded by a brief Annual Meeting and election of Trustees. The minutes from the 2015 Annual Meeting, slate of trustees, and other business were all approved by Member-attendee vote.

FEATURE PRESENTATION

Organizing the American Revolution: New Jersey as an Example
Presentation by Eric G. Grundset, Director of Library Publications
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library, Washington, DC

Have you ever wished you could find obscure records and materials for your Revolutionary War ancestor but don’t know where to look? Do you wish your state had a research guide for the location of documents to enhance your research? You are not alone. Since 2011, the DAR Library has published a series of source guides to help overcome your research roadblocks.

Not every state library or state archives owns “everything” on the American Revolution for their own state. They are, indeed, the fundamental institutions for colonial research, but much is located elsewhere. Libraries and repositories, large and small, have collections of surprising value. Work is underway to identify materials for New Jersey in the American Revolution: A Source Guide for Genealogists and Historians, to be published in 2017. The tenth in the series, it will cover collections across the state and highlight research resources that should not be missed.

This discussion will highlight the process of creating a research guide and preview some results as well as answer questions about where to look for your own Revolutionary War ancestors. There is much more than one might think!

For a listing of the currently available source guides from the DAR Library, see: www.dar.org/dar-shopping/dar-online-store. Click on “Books, Brochures, and Leaflets” and proceed to the second page where the listings begin. Each volume is available in printed and pdf form.

(Left–Right) A mock-up of the upcoming DAR book on New Jersey atop the current selection of titles. Eric G. Grundset presenting at the annual meeting. Alexander Library, Rutgers University.

(Left–Right) A mock-up of the upcoming DAR book on New Jersey atop the current selection of titles. Eric G. Grundset presenting at the GSNJ 2016 Annual Meeting. The Alexander Library, Rutgers University.


 

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2016 GSNJ Annual Seminar | Saturday, 4 June 2016

The Genealogical Society of New Jersey (GSNJ) and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, East Brunswick Ward, are proud to present an exciting and diverse slate of speakers for our 2016 seminar. This year, presenters will give talks about immigration, skill-building, and research abroad. Our New Jersey-focused topics will explore three important repositories for New Jersey research, as well as websites and underused record sets. We hope you’ll join us and discover something new that will inspire your research!

Date/Time: Saturday, 4 June 2016
Location: Family History Center, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, East Brunswick Ward, 303 Dunhams Corner Road, East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816

SPEAKERS AND TOPICS

Tom Ankner | Newark Public Library New Jersey Information Center —“New Jersey Resources at the Newark Public Library, Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center”
Jordan Ausländer | www.thegenealogydetectives.com —“Genealogy Goes to The Movies” and “Global Reach Without Airfare or Postage”
Michelle Chubenko | www.jerseyrootsgenealogy.com —“New Jersey State Censuses, 1855–1915,” and “Digging for Roots in the Garden State”
Chris Staats | www.staatsofohio.com —“Analysis and Correlation: Two Keys to Sound Conclusions,” and “Where Does It Say That? Learning to Love Indirect Evidence”
Sarah Scott | www.nj.gov/dep/hpo/ —“Resources at the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office”
Rich Venezia | www.richroots.net —“Discovering Your Immigrant’s Origins: Exhausting Every Resource,” and “Italian-Americans: Find Your Roots in the Old Country”
Janell Zulick | Find a Family History Center | NJ_EastBrunswick@lds.net—“A Day in the Life of the Family History Library”

GSNJ 2016 Seminar

GSNJ 2016 Seminar


2015 GSNJ Annual Meeting and Fall Lecture | Saturday, 7 November 2015

The Genealogical Society of New Jersey is pleased to announce its 2015 Annual Meeting. A brief business meeting will be followed by a presentation by our featured speaker. Special Collections will be open for research after the event. The event is free, but registration is requested.

Date/Time: Saturday, November 7, 2015, 10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Location: Pane Room, Alexander Library, Rutgers University, 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ

FEATURED SPEAKER

“Catholic Resources in Context: Finding Traditional and Non-Traditional Information Leads”
Presentation by Alan Delozier, D.Litt., University Archivist, Special Collections Librarian, and Adjunct Professor of Catholic Studies, Seton Hall University

This talk will focus on the wide-range of Catholic and general religious-related resources to aid your family history search.

Prime sacramental resources that trace the spiritual milestones of an individual, but also resources dealing with one’s parish, ethnicity and religious ties, and the relevant areas of local and generalized Catholic history that help enhance the story of your ancestor(s) search will be covered.

Discussion about your own individual research path connected to both primary and secondary source materials alike will also be covered with a particular emphasis on NJ-based records.

For more information and links to Mr. Delozier’s published works, see http://works.bepress.com/alan_delozier/

GSNJ 2015 Annual Meeting

GSNJ 2015 Annual Meeting


2015 Genealogical Society of New Jersey and New Jersey Historical Society Spring Seminar | Saturday, 6 June 2015

Join Genealogical Society of New Jersey (GSNJ) and New Jersey Historical Society (NJHS) for a full day of genealogy and history. Learn about new and unusual resources in Newark, New York, and at the NJ State Archives in Trenton. Get a fresh perspective on researching your New Jersey ancestors. With six lectures to choose from – you’re sure to find something you like!

Registration includes lunch and free parking in a secure lot at 25 Fulton St, just a few short blocks from NJHS. The private parking lot will stay open for program attendees until 5pm.

Date/Time: Saturday, June 6, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: The New Jersey Historical Society, 52 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102

SPEAKERS AND TOPICS

James Amemasor and Doug Oxenhorn—”Doing Research at The New Jersey Historical Society”
Christopher Zarr—”New Jersey and the National Archives at New York City”
Melissa A. Johnson—”Researching Your Newark Ancestors”
Catherine Stearns Medich—”So what is new at the New Jersey State Archives?”
Andy McCarthy—”New Jersey collections at NYPL”
Joseph R. Klett—”Colonial New Jersey Research”

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GSNJ-NJHC 2015 Seminar


2014 GSNJ Annual Meeting and Featured Presentation | Saturday, 8 November 2014

The Genealogical Society of New Jersey is pleased to announce its 2014 Annual Meeting. A brief business meeting will be followed by a presentation by our featured speaker. Special Collections will be open for research after the event. The event is free, but registration is requested.

Date/Time: Saturday, November 8, 2014, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Pane Room, Alexander Library, Rutgers University, 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ

FEATURED SPEAKER

Gary D. Saretzky—”Preserving Family Photographs”

 


2014 Genealogical Society of New Jersey and Central Jersey Genealogy Club Lecture Series and Spring Program—Exploring Your Jersey Roots: A Lecture Series

In celebration of New Jersey’s 350th anniversary this year, the State Archives, Genealogical Society of New Jersey and Central Jersey Genealogy Club (CGJC) have come together to present Exploring Your Jersey Roots: A Lecture Series. The series will consist of five evening lectures (on Tuesday or Wednesday) from May 14th though June 11th, followed by an all-day event on June 14th.

Location: New Jersey State Archives, 225 West State Street, Trenton, NJ

SPEAKERS AND TOPICS—LECTURE SERIES

Larry Kidder—”Understanding Your Revolutionary War-Period Ancestors” Wednesday, May 14, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL—”Don’t Forget the Ladies: A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law” Tuesday, May 20, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL—”The ABCs of DNA” Wednesday, May 28, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Catherine Sterns Medich—”Military Records at the New Jersey State Archives” Tuesday, June 3, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Joseph R. Klett—”Using the Records of the East and West Jersey Proprietors” Wednesday, June 11, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

SPEAKERS AND TOPICS—SPRING PROGRAM

Saturday, June 14, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.:
Joseph A. Grabas—”Owning New Jersey: Finding History and Genealogy in the Land Records”
Joseph R. Klett, C. Arthur Lawton, and Melissa A. Johnson—”Case Studies in New Jersey Genealogy”
One-on-One Consultations and Microfilm Research

 


2013 GSNJ Annual Meeting and Fall Lecture | Saturday, 9 November 2013

The Genealogical Society of New Jersey is pleased to announce its 2013 Annual Meeting. A brief business meeting will be followed by a presentation by our featured speaker. Special Collections will be open for research after the event. The event is free, but registration is requested.

Date/Time: Saturday, November 9, 2013, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Pane Room, Alexander Library, Rutgers University, 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ

FEATURED SPEAKER

John Zinn—”Portrait of a Civil War Marriage”

 


2013 GSNJ Spring Program | Saturday, 1 June 2013

The Genealogical Society of New Jersey and The Burlington County Historical Society are proud to present a 2013 Spring Genealogy Program.

Location: Wilbur Watts Intermediate School, Burlington, NJ

SPEAKERS AND TOPICS

Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL—”‘No Person Shall…Gallop Horses In the Streets’—Using Court Records to Tell the Story of Our Ancestors’ Lives”
Sue Reich—”Quiltmaking That Saw Us Through WWII”
Dr. C. Miller Biddle—”Quaker Genealogy Research”
Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL—”Building A Family From Circumstantial Evidence”
Sue Reich—”With Needle and Scroll”
Larry Fermi—”This Land Is Your Land! House and Property Research”
Judith M. Olsen—”Burlington County Genealogical Resources”

 


2012 GSNJ Annual Meeting and Fall Lecture

The Genealogical Society of New Jersey is pleased to announce its 2012 Annual Meeting. A brief business meeting will be followed by a presentation by our featured speaker. Special Collections will be open for research after the event. The event is free, but registration is requested.

Date/Time: Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the potential for additional bad weather this week, GSNJ has postponed the Annual Meeting that was to be held this coming Saturday, 10 November. The meeting will be rescheduled shortly. More information will be posted here and by email as soon as it becomes available.
Location: Pane Room, Alexander Library, Rutgers University, 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ

FEATURED SPEAKER

Gayle Ann Livecchia—”Using Academic Resources in Genealogy”


GSNJ Tombstone Hounds at the Long Hill Cemetery, Stirling, Long Hill Township, Morris County | Saturday, 4 August 2012

Once again the tombstone hounds will be recording an old cemetery in New Jersey. We are planning for Saturday August 4, 2012 in the Long Hill Cemetery, Stirling, Long Hill Township in Morris County.

The cemetery is located at the rear of St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery, with three small sections that are mostly tree-shaded. The gravestones are mostly late 19th century and early 20th century, some difficult to read. The cemetery plots were available to any residents of the township, previously called “Passaic Township” which is located in the southern portion of Morris County adjacent to Somerset County and Union County. The rain date (or extreme heat day) will be the following Saturday, August 11. Clip-boards, paper, writing utensils, cold water and instructions for copying inscriptions will be supplied at the site. No special knowledge is required except the willingness to help record old gravestones for posterity.

 


2012 GSNJ Spring Program | Saturday, 19 May 2012

The Genealogical Society of New Jersey and The Sussex County Historical Society are proud to present a 2012 Spring Genealogy Program.

Location: First Presbyterian Church, Newton, NJ

SPEAKERS AND TOPICS

Patrick Connelly—”Exploring the 1940 Census”
Joseph R. Klett—”Records of the East and West Jersey Proprietors”
Gerald H. Smith, CGSM—”Using Land Plats to Solve Genealogy Problems”
Lisa Jacobson and Charlene Peacock—”Genealogy Research at the Presbyterian Historical Society”
Tour: Sussex County Historical Society and Museum

 


2011 GSNJ Annual Meeting and Fall Lecture | Saturday, 12 November 2011

The Genealogical Society of New Jersey is pleased to announce its 2011 Annual Meeting. A brief business meeting will be followed by a presentation by our featured speaker. Special Collections will be open for research after the event. The event is free, but registration is requested.

Date/Time: Saturday, November 12, 2011, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Pane Room, Alexander Library, Rutgers University, 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ

FEATURED SPEAKER

Joe Grabas—”Good Deeds: Unearthing Your Family Roots in Land Records”

 


2011GSNJ Spring Program | Saturday, 4 June 2011

The Genealogical Society of New Jersey and The Central Jersey Genealogical Club are proud to present a 2011 Spring Genealogy Program.

Location: The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ

SPEAKERS AND TOPICS

Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak—”Trace Your Roots with DNA”
Laura H. Congleton—”Identifying and Researching Civil War Ancestors”
Carol Sheaffer and Nancy Nelson—”Don’t Forget the Ladies: Finding and Identifying the Women in Your Past”
Laura H. Congleton—”Welcome to the Club: An Introduction to Lineage Societies”

 


Emigrants and Exiles: An Irish Family History Symposium | Saturday, 16 April 2011

Location: Mead Hall, Drew University, Madison NJ
Times: Registration and Light Breakfast from 8:30 am, Lectures from 10 am to 4 pm, Wine and Cheese Reception at 4pm
Details: GSNJ is co-sponsoring this symposium with Drew University’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies

SPEAKERS AND TOPICS

Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak—”Right Annie, Wrong Annie”
Professor Christine Kinealy—”The Famine is only part of the Story. Why your ancestors came to America”
Dr. Anne Rodda, CG—”Immigrant Imprints: American and Irish records that tell the story”
Claire Keenan Agthe—”Offbeat records for New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia”
Judy Campbell—”Family History Search Catches a Tammany Tiger”
Alan Delozier, D. Litt.—”Family History from a Religious Perspective”
Julie Sakellariadis—”Imagining the Past: Using Historical Resources to Find Stories from the Past”
Dr. Thomas Callahan Jr.—”Looking For Katie: The McCormack Family in America”

 


2010 GSNJ Annual Meeting and Fall Lecture | Saturday, 20 November 2010

The Genealogical Society of New Jersey is pleased to announce its 2010 Annual Meeting. A brief business meeting, including a vote on updating the by-laws, will be followed by a presentations by two featured speakers. Special Collections will be open for research after the event. The event is free, but registration is requested.

Date/Time: Saturday, 20 November 2010, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Pane Room, Alexander Library, Rutgers University, 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ

SPEAKERS AND TOPICS

Gerald Smith, CG—”Bastards, Bridges & Bawdy Houses: Using Quarter Sessions Records in Genealogy”
Claire Keenan will discuss the new resource guide from National Genealogical Society, Research in the States: New Jersey, which she authored.

 


GSNJ “Tombstone Hunt” at North Crosswalks Cemetery | 29 & 30 October 2011

Help GSNJ preserve tombstone information, get some fresh air, meet fellow genealogists and do a good deed! No experience necessary. We hope you’ll join us!!

Date/Time: Friday & Saturday, October 29th & 30th (come one day or both)
Location: 4842 Crosswicks-Hamilton Square Rd., North Crosswicks, NJ

 


2010 GSNJ Spring Seminar: Off the Beaten Path | Saturday, 5 June 2010

The Genealogical Society of New Jersey and The Monmouth County Genealogy Society are proud to present a 2010 Spring Genealogy Program, offering two tracks of four lectures each.

Location: Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey

TOPICS

“Dutch Reformed Church in America”
“The Use of Catholic Sacramental Records in Genealogy Research”
“United Methodist Church Records”
“Quaker Records”
“Who’s been living in My House? Using City Directories”
“Finding Dutch Families in New York and New Jersey”
“Using DAR Collections in Washington, DC: Digital Images, Indexes, and More”
“Coping with the Common Surname”