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General Meeting

Sunday, March 10, 2019

How to Navigate the Family Search Website

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world, having digitized their 2 billionth record, it is researchers need a little help navigating the site. That’s why Richard and Angela Wood, known to their fellow members of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) as Elder and Sister Wood, have been on the road, providing help to Family History Centers throughout New Jersey and parts of New York. On Sunday, March 10 they will be here in Monmouth County as the featured speakers at the Monmouth County Genealogy Society (MCGS) General meeting.

The Woods answered their church’s call to serve for 18 months as Area Family History Consultants and, shuttering Elder Woods’ business law practice in the Seattle area, have been teaching researchers the intricacies of Family Search since late 2017. They will return to the Northwest in April, so don’t miss this opportunity to get the answers to your Family Search questions.

When not busy training leaders of New Jersey and New York’s Family History Centers how to assist visitors looking for their ancestors, the Woods have been helping out visitors to Ellis Island. They have been volunteering at the American Family Immigration Center, part of an interactive area on the Ellis Island tour where visitors can access the passenger records of the ships that brought nearly 65 million immigrants, crew members and other travelers to the Port of New York and Ellis Island between 1820 and1957.

In addition to access to digital images of genealogical records and a number of databases, FamilySearch.orgalso contains the catalog of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. The library holds genealogical records for over 110 countries, territories, and possessions, including over 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records; 742,000 microfiche; 310,000 books, serials, and other formats; and 4,500 periodicals. FamilySearch also offers research help through the Family History Research Wiki, Forums, digitized books, and online free family history courses through the Learning Centre, according to Wikipedia.

This meeting will be held at the Eatontown Community/Senior Center, 72 Broad Street, Eatontown. It will start at 2:00 preceded by refreshments at 1:30.  Guests are welcome.

Scots-Irish & Irish Special Interest Group

The Scot-Irish and Irish groups have now merged.

The next meeting is on April 13th from 2-4 PM  Marlboro Public Library, 1 Library Court, Marlboro.  (Corner of Newman Springs Rd/520 and Wyncrest Rd).

To add your name to the list of attendees, contact Judy Bretzger at jdbretzger@verizon.net  or Donna Diamant at  donna_diamant@hotmail.com

African-American Special Interest Group

We meet on a Saturday each month at 1 PM at the Calvary Baptist Church at Bridge Avenue and River street in Red Bank. The next meeting will be January 12th.

For more information contact Sharon Lee at (732)768-1783 slee162@gmail.com or Charles Lawson at (732)530-1995  clcharlylaw5@gmail.com .

German Special Interest Group

The next regular meeting is scheduled for April 6th at the Colts Neck Library 10AM-12PM (small room).

If you aren't already on the email list, please contact  Debbie White at debra.white1@verizon.net so that you can be added to the list and informed of any changes in meeting dates etc.

Monmouth Roots Group

The next Monmouth Roots Group will meet April 6th (in the large room) at the Colts Neck Library, 1 Winthrop Drive, Colts Neck from 10AM to 12PM.  The meeting after that will be on April 6th (back in the large room).

For more information, please contact Lynn Wilson at which34@optonline.net  so that you can be added to the list and informed of any changes in meeting dates etc.

Memoirs Group

The next meeting will be on February 13th.  Contact Lynn Wilson at which34@optonline.net for more information.

DNA Group 

The next meeting will be on Saturday, March 16th at the Ocean Township Library from 10AM-12PM.  Subsequent meetings will be on March 16th, May 18th, July 20th, September 14th, and November 16th.

For more information contact and to be added to the list contact Pat Conwell at patconwellgenealogy@gmail.com   or Nancy Bunn at  jerseynancy@gmail.com

Also available here:

Cornelius Walling complete will 9627M dated August 22, 1825 from Book B wills folio 461 from the Monmouth County Surrogates Office.

Cornelius Walling inventory 9627M dated January 25, 1826 from Book C inventories p. 144  from the Monmouth County Surrogates Office

Spring Workshop

There’s No Place Like Home!

“Research Facilities in New Jersey

Saturday, 30 March 2019 

  9:00 am to 4 pm         

Registration begins at 8:30 am

Join us for “coffee and…” during registration!

 Where:  Eatontown Community Center, 72 Broad Street, Eatontown

Handicapped Access s

  • Danish Archive North East
  • Plainfield Library
  • Jersey City Library

  • Newark Public Library

  • Ancient Order of Hibernians (Irish Emigrant Society)

  • NJ Catholic Historical Commission

Bring your own lunch; beverages and desserts will be provided

Questions?  Contact Beverly at (732) 747-8505    bevyackel@gmail.com

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Fall Workshop
October  26, 2019





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