Area Genealogy Society meetings are held the first Tuesday
of the month, from September through May, at the Morris County Library, 30 East Hanover Ave.,
Whippany, NJ. Refreshments are served at 6:30; the program begins at 7:00.
(Directions to the
A list of our past monthly programs, since the startup
of MAGS in 1988, can be found here.
In addition to its regular meetings, MAGS also sponsors Special
2014 - 2015 Meeting Schedule
2 Sept 2014
City Records: New Dimensions in Family History: Maureen Wlodarczyk,
Maureen Wlodarczyk, author of Past-Forward, and Young
and Wicked, will share some of her discoveries and resources
as she searched out the lives and challenges of her immigrant
ancestors and kindred in the late nineteenth century.
storyteller, Ms. Wlodarczyk is also a columnist and blogger
(Past-Forward.com). Canary in a Cage is her third book of
true family stories from the nineteenth century. Her latest book,
Jersey! Then...Again gathers thirty-six remarkable
and quirky stories from the early 1800's through the 1940's.
7 Oct 2014
History, herstory, mystory, yourstory: what every genealogist
ought to know to breathe life into their family tree: Michael and Alex Courter
It is a witty wordplay, but keeps the focus on what we as genealogists
care most about, our family tree. They will be talking about
stories, providing the perspective of how uncovering the stories of
our ancestors brings their lives to life and energizes our family
history. They will also highlight how uncovering these stories can lead
to new research opportunities where otherwise they may have found
themselves at a dead end. They have a plethora of fun and exciting
stories to relate that they have found in their family history research.
4 Nov 2014
How to Use Digitized Newspapers for Genealogical
Research: Brian Armstrong
Brian Armstrong, historian, genealogist,
and the President of the South River Historical & Preservation Society
will provide a presentation entitled “How to Use Digitized Newspapers for
Genealogical Research.” Mr. Armstrong will discuss the various types of
information that can be found in newspapers including obituaries, personal
notices (gossip columns), business items/advertisements, legal notices,
and real estate information. He will also provide an overview of the
available free and purchased resources for accessing digital newspapers;
and tips on how to use indexes to find information.
Election Day - Yes, the
library is open.
2 Dec 2014
Annual Holiday Party. Members Only
Come share in the fun! We’ll hear
stories from members and draw for
turns at the gift exchange table. If you can, please bring a
treat to eat/share and an item to give away at
the “gift exchange.” Such items may be items
potentially of interest to a genealogist— books that you’re finished
with, genealogical periodicals, reference CDs, etc.
6 Jan 2015
Preserving Heirlooms and Old Photos: Carolyn Dorsey
It’s important to preserve family treasures before it’s too late! Family heirlooms are an
important part of your family history, linking generation to generation. This presentation will
offer tips to properly care for items such as your cherished photographs, your family bible,
antique clothing, and other kinds of heirlooms for generations to come. Simple, inexpensive,
and common sense methods to preserve your precious family treasures will be discussed.
Carolyn Dorsey is a librarian at the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center in Morristown, and
regularly works with the library’s conservator to evaluate and identify items for conservation. She is
a member of the New Jersey Library Association’s History and Preservation Section.
3 Feb 2015
3 Mar 2015
Researching Revolutionary War Soldiers: Bob Mayers
Did my ancestor serve in the American Revolution? How do
I find him? What did he do in the war? The Revolutionary War lasted for eight long years, from 1775
until 1783. Bob Mayers will answer these questions by exploring existing public and military
records of soldiers who served in the Revolutionary War. Learn how to locate your soldier in the
National Archives, lineage societies, state and local records and dedicated collections; and then
how to follow your soldier’s adventures during the Revolutionary War.
Bob is a dedicated and
proficient genealogist. He is an active member of ten historical and genealogical societies and a
frequent speaker and contributor to publications. His new book The Forgotten Revolution depicts
battlefields, encampments and sites of many critical events of the American Revolution that have
been lost or neglected by history.
7 Apr 2015
Introduction to British Genealogy: Melissa Johnson
Professional genealogist Melissa Johnson will show how to research British
ancestors using both the internet and onsite resources in the United Kingdom.
Her presentation will cover the history of vital records and census record-keeping
in various parts of the U.K. and where these records can be found today. Ms. Johnson
will also review immigration and emigration documents, military records, wills,
criminal records, and government records, any of which may hold vital clues to your
Melissa Johnson specializes in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and British
genealogical research and also in family history writing, editing, and publishing.
This is also the MAGS Annual Meeting where we
vote for incoming Board members.
5 May 2015
There are generally no meetings in June, July and August.