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Morris 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 Library) 

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 Interest Groups.

2015 - 2016 Meeting Schedule :


Date Topic

1 Sept 2015

Genetic Genealogy: Bob Stein
On TV shows like Who Do You Think You Are?,  Genealogy Road Show and Finding Your Roots with Henry Lewis Gates Jr., we watch people solve mysteries in their ancestry by using DNA.  Every day Law Enforcement organizations use DNA to identify criminals.  But what exactly is DNA and what kinds of questions can it answer about us and our ancestors?  Is there more than one type of DNA test and if so, which one should I use?  Will I have to give a blood sample or tear out hair samples for the test? 

Find out the answers to these questions and many more from Bob Stein, a genealogist with over fifteen years experience lecturing on TV and to genealogy societies.

6 Oct 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 Mayers 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.

3 Nov 2015

Social History in Everyday Documents: Lisa Kerr Ilowite
What is Social History? Lisa Kerr Ilowite will explore how to find information on ancestors beyond names, dates, and places; how to unearth the details of their everyday lives.

Lisa Kerr Ilowite is a research scientist who applies her scientific research skills to genealogy and has been conducting her family history for the past twenty years. Her areas of interest include Western PA,Scotland, social history, and Black Sheep ancestors. Her DAR ancestor, John Emery, is from Hunterdon County, plus she is a direct-line descendant of the FitzRandolph and Gaston families.

Election Day - Yes, the library is open.

1 Dec 2015

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. 

5 Jan 2016 Genealogy Workshops
- "What's New in Computer Genealogy" by Ruth Daniels
- "WorldCat and JerseyCat" by Susan Kehr
- "Update on Researching with Family Search" by Martha Corson
2 Feb 2016 Using the DAR Databases: Susan Kehr
Ever wonder what the DAR is and how it can help you in your genealogy research? Susan Kehr will explore what the DAR is, how to access the various DAR  databases that are available to the general public, and what important genealogical information can be obtained.

Susan Kehr is President of Morris Area Genealogy Society, and a member of DAR. She is a genealogist with over nine years experience researching and speaking on a variety of genealogy topics.
1 Mar 2016 Interviewing & Recording for Genealogical Purposes: Stu Shippey
This is a two-part talk: interviewing and recording oral history; and recorders and preservation of audio.

Stu Shippey is a genealogist active with MAGS, and is responsible for audio recording speakers at the MAGS monthly meetings.
5 Apr  2016 Don't Forget The Ladies...The Women In Your Past: Nancy C. Nelson and Carol M. Shaeffer   
While male ancestors are easier to research, females can be identified and information found that can greatly enhance one’s family history. This lecture will focus on research tips and records that can help identify females and their family of origin.

Nancy C. Nelson is an active member of several genealogical and historical societies. With more than twenty years experience in genealogical research, her focus has been Burlington and Monmouth Counties, NJ.

Carol M. Sheaffer is an active member of several genealogical and historical societies. She has had more than thirty years experience in genealogical research with focus on Central and Southern NJ, Philadelphia, Lancaster and surrounding counties in Pennsylvania
3 May 2016 How to Make Sure You Are Researching the Correct Family: Susan Simon   
Many of us have heard stories about our ancestors. Are the stories true? Any part of the story true? Can I accept what my grandmother or mother told me about my family? You may find contradictory stories or 'facts' about your ancestors. How do you decide which version is correct? This presentation will help you use reliable sources in researching your ancestors to determine correctness of the stories.

Susan Simon is VP and Program Chair of Morris Area Genealogy Society, and Trustee of Madison Historical Society.
  There are generally no meetings in June, July and August.


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