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There will be no new postings here until dates for meetings are known.  All of you stay healthy!!

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General Meeting
March 8, 2020

Judy Russell, the "Legal Genealogist"
will Present
  "Doing Time - Prison
as Genealogical Resources"

Please mark Sunday, March 8, 2020 in red on your calendar! You don’t want to miss this visit from Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist. It’s been five years since we had the pleasure of hearing her on our own turf.

This time, she will be speaking on “Doing Time —Prison Records as Genealogy Resources.”

“The brick walls of a family tree are no match for prison walls,” Ms. Russell writes on her online list of lecture topics. “From intake photo to receipts for cash and clothes when they are released, prisoners in jails and prisons were recorded and documented, often in stunning detail.” We’ll learn what records may exist about our families’ wayward members, at least the ones who got caught, and where to find them.

As a genealogist with a law degree (from our neighboring Rutgers School of Law-Newark) she sees part of her purpose is to help us understand the bewildering legal concepts and terminology we bump into in our research. Her academic credentials start with  a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a political science minor from George Washington University, the foundation for her early career as a newspaper reporter and trade association writer, then legal investigator, defense attorney, federal prosecutor, law editor and for more than 20 years before her retirement in 2014, an adjunct member of the faculty of Rutgers Law School.

Her own ancestry is solidly German on her father's side (“My grandparents brought him to America in1925 and settled in Chicago,” she says) and solidly US-South on her mother's side (except for Florida, she says she can claim ancestors from every states south of the Mason-Dixon line—and none, not even one, north of it!).

Having spent the last two decades, as she says, learning the trade of Genealogist, she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer from the Board for Certification of Genealogists, where she currently serves as member of the Board of Trustees. For a more complete list of her credentials and accomplishments, take a look at her blog, “The Legal Genealogist.” You will be glad you did.

TMC March 2020

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 next meeting is TBD at the Marlboro Library 2-4 PM.  Th enew char-persons are Kathy Hall and Kathy Reilly

To add your name to the list of attendees, contact Judy Kathy Hall at khall666@aol.com  or Kathy Reilly at  reilly623@yahoo.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.

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 18, 2020 at the Colts Neck Library (large room). However, on March 14th there will be a lunch at Sebastian's.  All are welcome and contact Debra White for more information.

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 at 10AM-12PM on February 1, 2020 at Lynn Klemens house.

For more information, please contact Carol Megill at carolmegill@gmail.com  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 March 11th.  Contact Carol York at hyork@exit109.com for more information.

DNA Group

Lynn Klemens has kindly volunteered to restart the DNA Group as a "collaborative seminar" where anyone interested would bring a book, articles etc. or a DNA experience to discuss.

Tentatively, the first meeting will be on April 4th at the Ocean Township Public Library on Deal Road if the room is available.

If you are interested, Contact Lynn at lfklemens@gmail.com






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