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New Jersey State Censuses, 1855-1915
An overview of the evolution of the state census that began in 1855 and ended with the 1915 enumeration, including a review of the special schedules for agriculture, manufactures, mining, and commerce.

Using the New Jersey Room, Special Collections & University Archives, Rutgers University 
Introduction the New Jersey source material and available research tools for collections on deposit at Alexander Library, Rutgers University.

Digging for Roots in the Garden State
Take a tour of the Garden State and enjoy genealogical gems found in the New Jersey’s 21 counties.  This lecture will focus on lesser known collections within local repositories and libraries.

Jersey Roots: Touring the Garden State

Check out the top websites for researching your Jersey roots.  From online indexes to scanned records, you will learn how to access historical material spanning three centuries.


Genealogy 101
Introduction of family history or "genealogy" for beginning researchers.  Home sources and record types are discussed.

Hatched, Matched & Dispatched: Discovering Your Ancestor's Life Events
This lecture is an introduction to vital records. It discusses the history of vital registration in the United States as well as how to obtain records for family history research.

Researching Your Ancestor's Locality

Explore searching local histories, maps, gazetteers and other local resources to discover the social history for your family.

City Directories: Yesteryear's 411
Prior to telephone directories, city directories were used to locate individuals in cities and regional areas. This lecture discusses details that can be obtained and how to track your ancestor using directories.

Stand Up & Be Counted: U.S. Census Research 1870-1940
Beyond vital records, census records are the most common genealogical significant record group used. Learn what personal information can be gleaned from the available census enumerations available for the years 1940 through 1870.

Special Censuses: Researching Beyond Decennial Enumerations
Take a look a lesser known census or enumeration records. This lecture will focus on jury and freeholders lists, military and school censuses, and locality specific enumerations.

The Holiday Talk: Getting to Know Your Family's History
Each year family’s gather for holiday dinners and the opportunity for discovering our own roots presents itself.  Discover methods to learn about your family’s Ancestral Connections & Traditions.  Learn about the top 3 ways to share your family legacy with other family members and fellow researchers.


Discover Your Immigrant Origins
Learn what records are available to assist you in determining your Eastern European ancestor's home village and their emigration to the United States. This lecture focuses on mid-19th century through 20th century immigration. Eastern European Adaptation:  This lecture focuses on mid-19th century through 20th century immigration from Austro-Hungarian Empire which today includes Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, and western Ukraine.

UAGenealogy:  Discovering Online Genealogy Resources
In this talk, Chubenko will share her “top-ten” websites for Ukrainian research—sites that are invaluable and are constantly expanding their collections. From online indexes to digitized images of records, you’ll learn about who is bringing greater access to the records from the Central State Historical Archives, Oblast (Regional) Archives and other historical organizations in Ukraine and the diaspora. Discover how to use message boards and other databases to find fellow researchers and historical information on Ukraine's rich, yet turbulent history.

Ukrainian Genealogy
Discover the resources for Ukrainian genealogy using regional resources and online tools. An introductory presentation on the complex history of the region and challenges its presents researchers.

Orthodoxy in America: Understanding its Ethnic Origins
Learn about the diverse history of Orthodox Church in the United States that is rooted in the ethnic origins of its members from Central and Eastern Europe.

WWII Displaced Persons:  A Stateless People
Reconstruct the journey of WWII Displaced Persons using resources in the U.S. and the International Tracing Service (ITS).

USCIS:  Delving into their Records
Since, 1891 the U.S. Government has governed immigration to the country.  Over the 125+ years of history leads to the creation and maintenance of many records.  Learn about what records the USCIS currently administers and how to use the Genealogy Request program.


Genealogical Education in the 21st Century: Beyond the Lectures
Expand your genealogical learning experience and explore alternative options in genealogical education. This lecture will focus on genealogical courses on the Internet, teleconferencing for genealogists, and podcasts.

Evernote for Genealogy
Discover how Evernote can help you organize your genealogy. It’s a filing system and organizational tool for every document, genealogical record, photograph, scanned image, webpage snippet and any other data that a genealogist uses as well as collaboration medium for crowd-sourcing research.