March 8, 2016

7:00 PM Peter Lubrecht |View the Flyer for this event
Hessians & Germans in New Jersey

Peter Lubrecht is the program chairman and a trustee for the Sussex County Historical Society and Museum and for the Colonel Henry Ryerson Civil War Round Table. He is an adjunct professor at Warren County Community College and a member of the Germania Park Gesang and Schul Verein, as well as the Henry Muhlenberg Chapter of the Steuben Society of America.

Peter is the author of Germans in New Jersey: A History. When the state was young, they founded villages that are now well-established communities, such as Long Valley. Many German immigrants were lured by the freedom and opportunity in the Garden State, especially in the nineteenth century, as they escaped oppression and revolution. German heroes have played a patriotic part in the state's growth and include scholars, artists, war heroes and industrialists, such as John Roebling, the builder of the Brooklyn Bridge, and Thomas Nast, the father of the American cartoon.

April 12, 2016

7:00 PM Sharon Hodges | View the Flyer for this event


Sharon Hodges is a Professional Genealogist and regular speaker, she has over 20 years of genealogical research experience. She was an Instructor/Grader, American Genealogy: A Basic Course, National Genealogical Society. She is a member of a dozen genealogy societies. Her website:

Timelines can be a useful tool in genealogy. By creating a timeline for a person you can see what you know and what you are missing. It gives you a hint of what to do next. Historical timelines help you see what was happening at a particular time.

May 10, 2016

7:00 PM Russ Worthington View the Flyer for this event

DearMYRTLE, his online community

Russ Worthington has been researching his family history for approximately 20 years now. His daughter gave him a computer program thinking he needed something to do since Russ had retired! And so, Russ's genealogy journey began. Wanting to share this information, Russ created a website where he started to share his research, and 15 years later, Russ is still putting the pieces together but is now finding the "stories" about who these people are.

DearMYRTLE is an online genealogy community.

June 14, 2016

7:00 PM Harry and Gail Benson View the Flyer for this event

Military Misc.

Gail and Harry Benson are retired educators who reside in Buena Vista Township. Gail was a business education teacher, school business administrator and retired from the New Jersey Department of Education where she worked as a County School Business Administrator. Harry was a math and computer science instructor at the middle school, high school and university levels, as well as working in corporate America in computer graphics research and development. He is past president and currently serves as a Trustee of the Buena Historical Society in Atlantic County. They have both been avid genealogists for over 30 years. In addition to researching their own families, they do local history research, and genealogical research for others. Their speaking history includes historical and genealogical societies as well as several appearances at the Mid-Atlantic Family History Conference. Their family research involves California, Nevada, Wisconsin, Minnesota, New York, and New Jersey, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, and Italy. And that does not count all the places they have researched for others.

July 12, 2016

7:00 PM Carolyn Dorsey View the Flyer for this event

Historical Newspapers

Carolyn Dorsey is a local history librarian at the North Jersey History & Genealogy Center at the Morristown & Morris Township Public Library, specializing in digitization, cataloging and collections care. She has used newspapers extensively for both historical and family research.

August 9, 2016

7:00 PM Susan Kehr View the Flyer for this event

Find-A-Grave vs. Billion Graves

Susan Kehr has been doing genealogy for over 10 years, and has been speaking on a variety of genealogy topics. Her genealogy background is southern US, NYC, England and Italy. She is a DAR member, and is the current President of the Morris Area Genealogy Society.

September 13, 2016

7:00 PM Guy Fairstein View the Flyer for this event

Stuff Happens in Genealogy & How to Cope

Guy Fairstein is a lawyer in White Plains, New York. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Williams College, and his Bachelor of Laws degree at the University Of Virginia School Of Law. Guy, an amateur family genealogist and a member of the Westchester County Genealogical Society, applied his genealogical techniquesunknown as the court-appointed guardian ad litem in a probate case. He was appointed to represent the interests of ten first cousins of the deceased. He quickly identified five additional "unknown" first cousins, and determined that three of the fifteen were still living. He is a volunteer researcher at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx. This presentation has derived in large part from the roadblocks he encountered in his searches regarding the "old country" origins and the immigration of his paternal grandparents (Yiddish speaking Russian Jews) and his maternal grandmother and her family (Finnish Lutherans).

October 11, 2016

7:00 PM History Month 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 15, 2016

7:00 PM Gideon Hill View the Flyer for this event

Great-Grandpa Bought a Bridge: Genealogical Scams, Frauds and Hoaxes

Gideon Hill has been researching his family for over 45 years. His research interests are pre 1750 Pennsylvania, as well as Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina. He's especially interested in how the academic field of Social History can inform genealogical research and the compiling of a family history. He's completed the Genealogical Research Certificate of Boston University and is currently a Master's Degree candidate in American History at American Public University.

December 13, 2016

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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