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March 12, 2019

7:00 PM Russ Worthington

Ancestry DNA Results - Not Looking for Long Lost Cousins!

Russ has become known at "Cousin Russ" and is indeed a real cousin of "Dear Myrtle", Pat Richley-Erickson. Most folks know me to be a Family Tree Maker expert, a bit overstated, but an avid user. I am serious about locating and using "original documents" as a family history researcher, a student of genealogical methodology, a Find-A-Grave volunteer, a public speaker and a user of technology in my research. I served in the US Coast Guard in Vietnam. I first "met" DearMYRTLE" listening to her old podcasts while I commuted to and from work, but we didn't meet until years later. She was demonstrating a genealogy software program and I piped up that I had the same early Welsh Quakers in Philadelphia and Chester County, Pennsylvania. It is my honor to work with DearMYRTLE with the production the DearMYRTLE online education programs.


April 9th, 2019

7:00 PM Christine Roberts

"Cold Case : Blasting Brick Walls!"
All genealogists encounter a dead end, or "brick wall," at some point in their research. Often, these obstacles can be overcome using good detective work. This presentation will cover strategies to help you climb over, dig under, and blast right through those barriers in your family research.

Christine Roberts has recently returned to Bucks County after a two-year odyssey, traveling throughout the U.S. in a motorhome, and then living in the U.K. for four months, sharing her journey on her blog Roots on Wheels. She founded the Bucks County Genealogical Society in 2012, serving as its Charter President for four years. Chris is a graduate of the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records at the National Archives in Washington, DC, as well as Pro-Gen, an 18-month peer-led review of Professional Genealogy, a book by Elizabeth Shown Mills. Chris has also attended two advanced courses at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh and is in the process of earning a Professional Learning Certificate in English and German research through the National Institute of Genealogical Studies. She is a Certified Public Accountant with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, who retired in 2016 from a career in real estate finance and development with the NJ Economic Development Authority.


May 14th, 2019

7:00 PM Michelle Novak

"Picturing Your Research - Finding, Procuring and Preserving Images!"
Did you realize that you have a UNIQUE, never shared before collection of archival materials in your house right now? Your family photos! Your research can come alive with images but finding, scanning, and preserving them can be a daunting prospect for many researchers. In this talk, we'll look at all three—from the view of a researcher, archivist (in training), designer, and photographer, Michelle D. Novak. She will show us how to best scan the images you have, ways to find images in collections to supplement your research, new online resources to help identify those mystery people, and share some tips.

Michelle D. Novak is President of [MND] (mnd.nyc), a NYC Brand Design agency that serves clients in the financial services, education, genealogy, healthcare, and technology. She is a MI candidate at Rutgers University, holds a BFA from RISD, and certificates from Boston University, Gen-Fed, and GRIP. Novak is a Trustee of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey and the Genealogical Society of Bergen County, NJ (GSBC). For GSBC, she serves as Chairperson of the Social Media Committee, Editor of the GSBC's national award-winning newsletter, "The Archivist," and is involved with numerous website, transcription, indexing, publicity, and digitization projects.


June 11th, 2019

7:00 PM Mike Schwartz

"Finding Relatives in Surprising Ways!"

Mike Schwartz is a retired telecommunications engineer and executive who has been involved in studying his family history for over 12 years.  He has leveraged his professional research and global presentation experiences in his genealogy work and has presented his techniques, results and accompanying family history stories to groups in NJ, PA, and Florida.  He splits his time between northern NJ and Sarasota Florida, where he is an active golfer and softball player as well as an amateur genealogist.


July 9th, 2019

7:00 PM Dawn King Carson

"Keys to Successful Research at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania!"

Dawn is a genealogical researcher and instructor at heart who specializes in the Southeastern Pennsylvania and the Southern New Jersey regions of the United States. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists(APG) and is currently the Vice President of the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She holds a certificate in genealogical research from Boston University and is a member of ProGen 24. Dawn is also a volunteer genealogist at the Camden County Historical Society, Camden County, NJ.


August 13th, 2019

7:00 PM Dean Henry

"Security and Privacy Considerations in Genealogy and DNA Websites!"

Dean A. Henry retired from a nearly 40 year career in Information Technology for a number of Philadelphia-based company in different industries. Now  a part-time Professional Genealogist (Family Pearl LLC) and Cybersecurity Consultant (Dean Henry Business & Technology Consulting LLC), he is an active member of the African American Genealogy Group for which he services as Technology Chair, new member mentor and Speakers Bureau presenter; the Family Quest Chapter of the Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society; and the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Dean has presented at the Researching Family in Pennsylvania workshop at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Bucks County Genealogical Society, the Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society 39th National Conference, the Genealogy Event, and for the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Office Hours webinar series. He has appeared on Shamele Jordon's Genealogy Quick Start local cable TV show, and been interviewed about Genealogy on WURD AM Radio.

Dean received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from La Salle University. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and a Certified Information Security Manager."


September 10th, 2019

7:00 PM Michael Buryk

"A First Taste of Ukrainian Genealogy!"

Mike Buryk is a free-lance researcher, writer and speaker on Ukrainian and Lemko genealogy and history. He has given talks on Ukrainian and Lemko genealogy at: the Lemko Vatra in Ellenville, NY, the Ukrainian Homestead in Lehighton, Pa, the Ukrainian Historical and Educational Center in Somerset, NJ., the Ukrainian Museum and Library in Stamford, Conn., the Polish Genealogy Society of Connecticut and the Northeast, the Polish Genealogy Society of Massachusetts and the Genealogy Society of Bergen County (NJ). He has also appeared in the Family Historian TV program "Ukrainian Genealogy" which aired in September 2012 on HomeTowne Television (cable) in central New Jersey.

Mike has a special interest in Schuylkill County, Pa., since his paternal grandparents came from the Lemko region of Poland and settled in the Forestville/Primrose area early in the 20th century. He is a contributor to The Ukrainian Weekly, the Ukrainian language newspaper in the U.S. Mike has travelled to southeast Poland and conducted genealogy research at the Sanok Archives. His article, "To Find the Missing G: My Trip to the Sanok Lands", chronicled his 2009 visit to the area of southeastern Poland from which his paternal grandparents emigrated. Several years later in the summer of 2015, he travelled to Ukraine and did research in the Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine in Lviv, the State Archives of Lviv Oblast and the State Archive of Ivano-Frankivsk. He also visited his maternal grandmother's family who live in Rosil'na, Ivano-Frankivsk region where he explored the 17th century wooden church in the village.

For the past five years, Mike has produced exhibits of the work of the social realist artist Nicholas Bervinchak. Bevinchak was born of Ukrainian Lemko parents in the anthracite coal region of eastern Pennsylvania in 1903. His etchings bring into very sharp focus the lives of coal miners and their families in this region during the Great Depression. Bervinchak is also well known for his church art, which decorated many of the Eastern European churches of Schuylkill County, Pa., and elsewhere in the northeast of the U.S. Mike's exhibits have taken place at: the Schuylkill County (Pa.) Historical Society, the Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center (Jenkintown, Pa.), the Eckley Miners Village (Weatherly, Pa.), the Ukrainian Museum and Library (Stamford, Conn.) and the Ukrainian Historical and Educational Center of NJ (Somerset, N.J.) and the Ukrainian American Cultural Center of New Jersey (Whippany, N.J.).

Mike has been active in the Ukrainian American community for more than 40 years. He is a volunteer with the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation and on their advisory board. He is a trustee on the Board of Directors of the Ukrainian History and Education Center of NJ. He is a founder of Nashi Predky, a Ukrainian genealogy group that has produced conferences on family history and research at the UkrHEC since 2014. Mike is a member of the Ukrainian American Business and Professional Association. He also participates in Razom IT, which is a New York-based group that is helping Ukrainian tech startups to gain greater exposure locally and to facilitate innovative networking for new entrepreneurs. He hosts and produces two monthly podcasts in English: Krynytsya (the Well), which focuses on the activities of Ukrainians around the world; and, Made in Ukraine Tech Startup Edition, which covers the efforts of Ukrainian tech companies to go global. In his forty-year career as a professional in the field of publishing and advertising, he worked at The New York Times, McGraw-Hill, Public Agenda and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).


October 8, 2019

7:00 PM CJGC Members

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 12, 2019

7:00 PM Michelle Tucker Chubenko

Perfect Together: Facebook & Genealogy
From newsletter queries to online message boards, genealogists have communicated with fellow researchers using these for decades. Enter the 21st century! Learn tips & techniques to use the newest genealogical tool -- Facebook -- for translations to questions to connecting to family.

Michelle Tucker Chubenko is a Research Team Lead and professional genealogist with Legacy Tree Genealogists. With 28 years' experience researching her paternal ancestral roots in colonial America and the 20th century flair of her maternal Eastern European ancestry (Ukrainian and Hungarian), she specializes in New Jersey and Eastern European research. She is a founding member with the "Nashi Predky/Our Ancestors" Family History Group at the Ukrainian History and Education Center. She has presented locally on Eastern European research and volunteers as co-coordinator for the Facebook group "Our Ancestors -- Наші Предки / Ukrainian Genealogy". She was a researcher on TLC's Who Do You Think You Are? (Season one) and appeared in the Brooke Shields episode, which aired in April 2010. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, local and ethnic genealogical societies, and is active in local history organizations. Michelle has presented genealogical lectures to audiences on a local, regional (NERGC 2017) and national level (FGS 2008/Philadelphia and GRIP 2017) and attended Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR), and Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and a ProGen17 graduate.


December 10, 2019

7:00 PM Family Roundtables

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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