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
2017 - 2018 Meeting Schedule
5 Sept 2017
What WAS That Enumerator Thinking? Case Studies in Census Confusion: Liz
Haigney Lynch, The Ancestral Archaeologist
Anyone tracking their family in U.S. censuses knows how frustrating
it is when ancestors aren’t where you thought they’d be. Tempting as it is
to blame vindictive census-takers, it’s likely not their fault – and your
family may not really be missing. This presentation outlines some key ways
of using census research wisely and in depth. This session will focus
especially on immigrant ancestors in densely populated urban areas, a group
that presents interesting challenges in narrowing broad search results to
specific, plausible possibilities.
A former newspaper writer and editor, Liz began serious genealogical research
about 20 years ago, and holds a certificate in genealogical studies from Boston
University. In addition to occasional client research, she coordinates repository
tours for the New Jersey chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists
(APG), of which she is a charter member.
Liz continues her work as a freelance
writer and editor. Check out
her blog, The Ancestral Archaeologist!
3 Oct 2017
Tracing Your Pre-Civil War Ancestors in New Jersey: Catherine Stearns Medich
Some of New Jersey's important resources, such as the decennial census, are missing
for early decades of the nineteenth century. There are other ways to fill in the
gaps. Learn more from a reference archivist at the NJ State Archives.
Catherine Stearns Medich is a reference archivist at the New Jersey State Archives.
Her work duties include helping researchers utilize the records at the Archives.
She is a longtime genealogist, focusing her own efforts on ancestral families in New England.
7 Nov 2017
Holiday Talk: Getting to Know Your Family’s History: Michelle Chubenko
Each year families gather for holiday dinners
and the opportunity for discovering our own roots presents itself. Discover methods to
learn about your family’s ancestral connections and traditions. Learn about the top 3 ways
to share your family legacy with other family members and fellow researchers.
Michelle Chubenko has over 24 years’ experience in researching families in New
Jersey, Maryland, southwest Virginia, and Oklahoma/Indian Territory. She is a member of
several genealogical societies and history organizations. Her website is found at:
5 Dec 2017
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.
2 Jan 2018
A Genealogy Potpourri
"Using Your DNA Results"
- by Susan Simon
"What's New of FamilySearch.org"
- by Martha Corson
"Finding Your Way Around the MAGS Website"
- by Susan Kehr
6 Feb 2018
DNA: Jody Lutter
6 Mar 2018
Genealogy and Land Records: James Lewis
3 Apr 2018
Digital Searching: Tom Peters
Performing German genealogical research is fun!
Germans have always produced great records that are often fairly
detailed in their content. We actually are quite spoiled by the
fact that the familysearch.org and ancestry.com websites often provide
details on our German ancestors with the click of our mouse. Sometimes
though, they are merely indexes. Even if you are positive that your
ancestor has been found, resist the urge to add the information to your
family tree until it can be verified by looking at the record itself.
Transcriptions of records are often misread. In this digital age, there
is no excuse not to go to the source of the information. I will provide
some sources to help you in your search.
My given name, Tom, is very apropros. I am the original doubting Thomas.
As genealogists, we should all be doubters until proven. We are in the
“armchair genealogy phase of research” in this digital age that we live in.
No need to travel or even to correspond for records needed in our research.
All we have to do is turn on our TV and see how easy it is to do your
genealogy! You don’t even need to break out in a sweat! Be a doubter.
An autosomal DNA test will give you broad categories of your ethnicity.
You need to do your family tree. On the bright side, it is much easier
than when I started some 40 years ago. It gets easier with every passing day.
1 May 2018
||The Fire Burned: Now What? Finding Your WWII
Relative: Sharon B. Hodges
The US entered World War II December 1941. More people than ever are attempting to find out
exactly what their relatives did in WWII, but many are finding that the personnel file was
burned. This session will explain what records are available and where to locate them in order
learn what your relative did during the war. (Emphasis will be placed on Army and Army Air
Force records, but sufficient information will be given on where to locate Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine
records as well.)
For almost 30 years, Sharon has been a professional genealogist, author, and teacher having
lectured in New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. She is a
past grader for the National Genealogical Society Home Study Course and a graduate of the
National Institute for Genealogical Research. Sharon is a member of numerous local and
national genealogical societies, on the Board of Governors of the Virginia Genealogical Society,
and is now Past President of the Mt. Vernon Genealogical Society.
There are generally no meetings in June, July and August.
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