March 10, 2015

7:00 PM Maureen Wlodarczyk |View the Flyer for this event
"Past Forward - The search for my grandmother's Irish Roots" A 30 year search for her grandmother's Irish ancestral roots and the surprising and poignant discoveries made along the way.

Maureen Wlodarczyk is an author, columnist, genealogist, speaker and blogger, an officer with the Flannery Clan based in Dublin, Ireland, a member of the Irish-American Writers and Artists organization, the Genealogical Society of New Jersey and the Hudson County Historical and Genealogical Society. An admitted history addict, Maureen searches for true stories of people and events lost to time, rediscovering and sharing those tales.

April 14, 2015

7:00 PM Larry Kidder | View the Flyer for this event

Understanding Your New Jersey Revolutionary War Era Ancestors. This would include discussion of the documentary resources available and how to interpret them. There would also be some background on how the militia and Continental army organizations worked.

Larry Kidder is a retired high school history teacher who taught for 40 years, the last 32 at The Hun School of Princeton. For over 25 years he has been a volunteer historical interpreter, historian, and historic farm horse teamster at Howell Living History Farm in Hopewell. A U.S. Navy veteran with service in Vietnam and on an Atlantic Fleet destroyer, he was the lead researcher and writer for the Admiral Arleigh Burke National Destroyermen's Museum created in the mid-1980's aboard the historic destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. at Battleship Cove, Fall River, Massachusetts. Since retiring he has published three books on local central New Jersey history. His first book - The Pleasant Valley School Story - is about the school that served the farmers living near today's Howell Farm and won the 2013 Scholarship and Artistry Award presented by the Country School Association of America. His second book is about the First Hunterdon Militia Regiment in the American Revolution and the third book is a history of farming the Pleasant Valley region of Hopewell Township. He frequently presents talks for Howell Farm, local historical societies, and civic groups.

Although he has no New Jersey ancestry of his own, he has done extensive genealogical research on his many family lines that extend back to New Amsterdam, Plymouth, and Massachusetts Bay. His interest in New Jersey genealogy has emerged from his local history research and researching the lives of people discussed in each of his three books. His talk today draws on his experiences in researching the lives of dozens of men who served in the First Hunterdon Militia Regiment from today's Trenton, Ewing Township, Lawrence Township, and Hopewell Township.

May 12, 2015

7:00 PM Joseph G. Bilby View the Flyer for this event

His book - 350 Years of New Jersey History: Stuyvesant to Sandy

Joseph G. Bilby received his BA and MA degrees in history from Seton Hall University and served as a lieutenant in the First Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1966-1967. Mr. Bilby is Assistant Curator of the New Jersey National Guard and Militia Museum in Sea Girt, a member of and publications editor for the New Jersey Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, a columnist for The Civil War News and a freelance writer, historian and historical consultant. He is the author, editor or co-author of over 400 articles and nineteen books on New Jersey, the Civil War, and firearms history, including the award winning New Jersey Goes to War and most recently, as co-author of 350 Years of New Jersey History: From Stuyvesant to Sandy and Hidden History of New Jersey at War. Mr. Bilby has received the Jane Clayton award for contributions to Monmouth County (NJ) history, an award of merit from the New Jersey Historical Commission for his contributions to the state's military history and the New Jersey Meritorious Service Medal from the state's Division of Military and Veterans Affairs.

June 9, 2015

7:00 PM James M. Beidler View the Flyer for this event

Philly and Family History: Repositories and Records in Pennsylvania's Largest City

James M. Beidler is the author of The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide and writes "Roots & Branches," a weekly newspaper column on genealogy that is the only syndicated feature on that topic in Pennsylvania. He is also a columnist for German Life magazine and is editor of Der Kurier, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. He is also an instructor for the online Family Tree University and contributes to periodicals ranging from The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine to Family Tree Magazine. He served as President of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors from 2010 to 2012. He sits on the selection committee for the Pennsylvania Newspaper Project and Pennsylvania's State Historic Records Advisory Board. Beidler was born in Reading, PA, and raised in nearby Berks County, where he currently resides. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hofstra University in Long Island, NY, with a BA in political science in 1982.

July 14, 2015

7:00 PM Jodee Davis Inscho View the Flyer for this event

Ellis Island: Finding Ships, Research Tips and Planning a Trip

Jodee Davis Inscho Jodee Davis Inscho has been researching her own family and others for 20 years. Having spent more than 10 years as a Municipal Clerk and currently working in the New Jersey Legislature, she has considerable experience in government records and processes. Jodee has researched extensively in New Jersey, Baltimore Maryland and Bangor Maine.

August 11, 2015

7:00 PM Brian Armstrong View the Flyer for this event

Newspapers and Genealogy.

Brian Armstrong is the President of the South River Historical & Preservation Society. Brian was a History and Political Science graduate from The American University. He is a lecturer and author. He is a member of several organizations including: Bar Harbor Historical Society, League of Historical Societies of NJ, and American Political Items Collectors. Brian is one of three authors of an Acadia Publishing book entitled "South River," to be released in June 2015. He is currently working on a book for the South River Historical & Preservation Society with chapters completed on the brick, garment, banking, and bar/hotel businesses. Brian is an active genealogist since 1979 researching family history using various sources including the Federal Census, local records, deeds and property records, wills, and newspapers.

September 8, 2015

7:00 PM Michelle Chubenko View the Flyer for this event

New Jersey State Census

Michelle Chubenko Michelle Chubenko is a professional genealogist who researches families in the Mid-Atlantic states, Oklahoma/Indian Territory and those with Ukrainian ancestry in Poland. Her blog, JerseyRootsGenealogy, focuses on research in the Garden State from colonial settlement to current day. She has presented genealogical lectures to audiences on a local, county, state and national level and appeared on the television show "Who Do You Think You Are?" in April 2010. As coordinator of Nashi Predky (Our Ancestors) on Facebook and Google+, Michelle has created the first interactive virtual communities for researchers with Ukrainian ancestry. She has attended the national genealogical institutes of GRIP, IGHR, and SLIG and a ProGen17 Study Group graduate.

October 13, 2015

7:00 PM Favorite Ancestor Night View the Flyer for this event

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

November 10, 2015

7:00 PM Dr. Casper Camron View the Flyer for this event

December 8, 2015

7:00 PM CJGC Members
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Family Round Tables

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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