March 13, 2018

7:00 PM Cathy Ivins View the Flyer for this event

Genetic Genealogy: DNA for Newbies, Wannabes and Crackerjacks

The popularity of DNA analysis flourishes with witty television promotion, and affordable at-home kits. But the value to genealogists is more than just prediction of ethnicity. It can boost your family tree research, break through a brick wall, and help find biological families. It can confirm your findings obtained through traditional genealogy research, and even provide your personal health information. Our speaker will take us step by step in determining the right test and testing company for our needs, decoding the mysterious results, using third-party tools, and creating skeleton trees to link to our DNA as "cousin bait." Whether you are a NEWBIE and need help understanding your results and what to do with them, a WANNABE curious what DNA can do for you, or a CRACKERJACK that can share your knowledge and experience during the program, we hope to see you on March 13th.

Speaker: Cathy Ivins, Genetic Genealogist

Cathy Ivins is a charter member of BCGS as well as its Director of Publicity for the last three years. An Instructional Assistant for the Bristol Township School District by day, she has been researching her family history for over 12 years. Cathy completed the Practical Genetic Genealogy course at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, taught by CeCe Moore and Blaine Bettinger, as well as Fundamentals of Forensic Genealogy, taught by Michael Ramage and other experts in the field. Cathy has benefited tremendously from DNA testing and hopes to encourage others to "give a spit!"

April 10th, 2018

7:00 PM Melissa Johnson View the Flyer for this event

"Case Studies in New Jersey Genealogy!"

Melissa A. Johnson, CG, is a professional genealogist specializing in genealogical research, lecturing, writing, editing and publishing. She has expertise in researching families with origins in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and the British Isles. Melissa has taken genealogy courses at Boston University, Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (GRIP), Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Samford University, Birmingham, AL, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, British Institute, Salt Lake City, UT, Forensic Genealogy Institute, National Institute of Genealogical Research, and Washington D.C

May 8th

7:00 PM Fred Voss View the Flyer for this event

"Stories From Ellis Island!" Fred Voss graduated from Boston College with a BA in Mathematics. He has spent his career working for and with software startup companies such as Netscape Communications, Sun Microsystems, and Oracle. Since 1990, he has specialized in Internet Identity and Security. He is also a professional genealogist, researcher, and educator. He has been doing personal genealogy for over 15 years and is a Trustee and Education Chair for the Genealogical Society of Bergen County. His areas of interest are Germany, Switzerland, and New Hampshire, with special interest in DNA, Immigration, and Naturalization. Mr. Voss is a certificate holder of the Boston University Genealogical Research Certification program (OL13). He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the International Society of Genetic Genealogists as well as various regional societies. Mr. Voss volunteers as a tour guide at Ellis Island, leading both historical and photographic tours of the abandoned hospitals on the south side of the island (

June 12th, 2018

7:00 PM Michael Cassara View the Flyer for this event

"One Name Studies!"

This talk will be presented by Michael Cassara, a New York-based professional genealogist and popular conference speaker. Michael holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, and writes about genealogical topics on his website/blog: He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), and the Italian Genealogical Group (IGG).

July 10th, 2018

7:00 PM View the Flyer for this event

Brick Walls - Special Program

CJGC members have written up their toughest genealogy problems and various other members have been researching the issues. At the meeting, the results will be shown. This should be an exciting night!

August 14th, 2018

7:00 PM Sydney Cruice Dixon View the Flyer for this event

"Best Strategies for City, County & Business Directories!"

Sydney F. Cruice Dixon is a professional genealogy researcher, lecturer and instructor. She is the President of the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She serves on the Genealogy Advisory Committee of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and this year, she founded the Greater Philadelphia Genealogy Consortium. She is the coordinator and lead instructor for the Foundations of Genealogy courses currently taught at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. She also serves on the Planning Committee of the Main Line Genealogy Club. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Penn State University and a Masters of Business Administration from Drexel University. She lives in Berwyn, Pennsylvania with her husband and two teenage daughters.

September 11th, 2018

7:00 PM Beverly Yackel

"Naturalization Records!"

October 9, 2018

7:00 PM CJGC Members View the Flyer for this event

Favorite Ancestor Night

CJGC members will share stories about a favorite ancestor. Some members bring pictures and others bring in objects for show and tell.

November 13, 2018

7:00 PM Judy Russell View the Flyer for this event

"New Jersey Early Courts and Court Records!"

The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree who writes and lectures on topics ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. On the faculty of numerous genealogy institutes, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical Lecturer℠. Her award winning blog is at

December 11, 2018

7:00 PM Family Roundtables View the Flyer for this event

CJGC members sit in groups of ten or so and share hints or request help regarding their genealogy research. We also have our Holiday Celebration at this meeting where members bring in treats that remind them of their ancestors.

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