Tuesday, December 11, 2007

NJGenWeb - New Jersey GenWeb

New Jersey is one of the most difficult states in which to research your genealogy.

Several of the early census records are not available. Many early vital records were kept by the churches rather than civil servants, and so a great deal of hunting often precedes discovery.

The perfect resource for both the beginning and the advanced genealogy researcher is the NJGenWeb Project web site.

Individuals within a volunteer group have adopted each county in New Jersey.

In addition the state web site offers valuable links to general research information state-wide, including Quaker-specific, and African-American specific research.

This site is a must-see.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

New Jersey Archives: Images Online

A much overlooked portion of the New Jersey Archives are their "Imaged Collections."

Over 3,000 images from the Archives photograph and manuscript collection are available free online.

The topics include:

-Portraits of Soldiers -- Civil War & Spanish American War, mostly officers
-Historic Structures, Sites and Parks New Jersey -Institutions Transportation and Public Works
-Military Activities & Monuments
-Military Service Records Governors' Documents
-Slave Records
-Lindbergh Kidnapping
-Cleveland Family Papers

Trust me, this collection is amazing and gives you insight into New Jersey's history and people.

Most of these individual topics are indexed, but unfortunately there is no search engine provided to search them all at once.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Genealogy Volunteers are Angels!

Do you have extra time on your hands? Has a friendly stranger ever helped you with your own family tree research? Can you type, and do you have access to email?

If you've said yes to most of these questions, then do I have the job for you!

The NJGenWeb, a volunteer project helping people research their family trees, by offering FREE information would encourage you to join us.

You don't need to own a single genealogy book! We will provide the resources.

Or perhaps you HAVE the genealogy book, a town or city history, or a listing of cemetery inscriptions. You could perform "look-ups" by email for people seeking specific information from those sources.

Contact the state coordinator or assistant state coordinator at NJGenWeb today!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Largest Repository of Genealogical Records

Family History Centers are branches of the Family History Library, the largest repository of genealogical records in the world. The Centers are open to all who wish to learn more about their ancestry. These Centers are a valuable resource, in addition to the Family Search free online service.

These centers maintain documents that are not found through online services, and may be a family tree researchers most valuable asset.

In South Jersey the centers are located in Cherry Hill, Linwood and Vineland.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Family Tree Research 101: New Jersey

If you are researching your family tree, one of the best places to start is at the NJGenWeb (New Jersey GenWeb) web site. A partner with USGenWeb, they offer free information about genealogical (family tree) research.

The state site provides basic research tools, valid throughout New Jersey.

In addition, NJGenWeb's county sites offer resources available on the county, city and town level.

Volunteers are always needs for this important project.