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New Photographs on Website and Upcoming Genealogy Workshop

posted Mar 9, 2013, 10:53 AM by Bonny Elwell

I hope you will take a moment to look at our gallery and see the new photographs added of recent events! More images are on our facebook page www.facebook.com/genealogicalsocietyofsalemcounty.

Please join us on Tuesday, March 12th for our Genealogical Society Meeting. We will be hosting a Genealogy Workshop at 7pm at the Fenwick Auditorium of Friends Village in Woodstown, New Jersey. Members of the society will be assisting attendees with various genealogy research methods for both beginners and more advanced family historians.

Are you interested in discovering your family's past? Have you subscribed to Ancestry.com, but don't know how to use it? Would you like pointers from more experienced researchers? Come to this free workshop for some one-on-one assistance! Attendees are invited to bring their own papers or laptops if desired.

For more information, email genealogicalsocietysalemcounty@gmail.com or call Bonny Beth Elwell at 609-670-0407.

To Cast a Freedman's Vote

posted May 6, 2012, 3:05 PM by Bonny Elwell

The Genealogical Society of Salem County will have their monthly meeting jointly with Preservation Salem County this coming Tuesday, May 8, 2011 at the Friends Village in Woodstown at 6:30 p.m. Notice, this is an earlier time than usual!

Gordon Bond, a noted New Jersey author, will present “To Cast a Freedman’s Vote” about Thomas Mundy Peterson, a handyman from Perth Amboy who made Civil Rights History as the first African-American to vote in an election under the 15th Amendment. It took a truly remarkable convergence of circumstances to make that moment possible. As much as this was the story of one man, it was also the story of a community who took a small, imperfect but historic step in the evolution of how we deal with race in this country.

Mr. Bond has devoted his spare time since 1999 creating an accurate and detailed biography of James Parker entitled James Parker: A Printer on the Eve of the Revolution. Bond is a professional and freelance by day and in his off-hours pursues his passion for New Jersey History. In addition to writing books, Mr. Bond is the editor and publisher of www.gardenstatelegacy.com, a free online magazine devoted to New Jersey’s rich and varied heritage. His current research with Stephanie Hoagland is a comprehensive survey of New Jersey’s folk grave markers. He is also producing a new book about the 1952 commuter train wreck in Woodbridge, NJ known as “the Broker."

This program is free and open to the public. Partial proceeds for this program come from the New Jersey Historical Commission, the Salem County Cultural and Heritage Commission, and the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders. For further information contact Jim Schulte at jschultesr@verizon.net or by phone at 856-217-0420.

"Early Swedish Colonists"

posted Apr 4, 2012, 9:01 PM by Bonny Elwell

The Genealogical Society of Salem County will host a program, “Early Swedish Colonists,” presented by the Rev. Kim-Eric Williams on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 7pm at the Friends Village Auditorium in Woodstown. The public is invited to attend this admission-free event.

Almost four hundred years ago, the Swedish were the first Europeans to settle in the Delaware Valley Region. Rev. Williams will be speaking on the Swedish settlers who arrived in 1620-42, their experiences here, and where to find good genealogy sources. He will also speak on the Swedish Colonial Society and the Forefathers' membership. Copies of the late Dr. Peter Stebins Craig's books and the censuses will be available for purchase during a short intermission after Rev. Williams' presentation, followed by the Society's brief business meeting. Rev. Williams is a wealth of information on the early settlements, and we are blessed to have him visit with us.

For more information about this free event, please contact Bonny Beth Elwell at genealogicalsocietysalemcounty@gmail.com or 609-670-0407.

Tracing Your Civil War Ancestors at NJ State Archives

posted Mar 6, 2012, 4:51 AM by Bonny Elwell   [ updated Mar 6, 2012, 4:55 AM ]

The Genealogical Society of Salem County will host a program, “Tracing Your Civil War Ancestors at NJ State Archives,” presented by Catherine S. Medich on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 7pm at the Friends Village Auditorium in Woodstown. The public is invited to attend this admission-free event.

 This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of the State, through the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and Salem County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

 One hundred and fifty years ago, the Civil War tore apart our country and tore about families across the United States. As we commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, many of us wonder who in our own family may have served in that influential war. Catherine S. Medich will share various ways of researching at the NJ State Archives in the search for our Civil War ancestors.

 For more information about this free event, please contact Bonny Beth Elwell at genealogicalsocietysalemcounty@gmail.com or 609-670-0407.

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Facebook Page

posted Jan 2, 2012, 10:41 AM by Bonny Elwell

We now have a facebook page, so please search for "Genealogical Society of Salem County" and "like" us on facebook. The site is full of helpful links to genealogical websites, as well as photographs from various events. Check it out!

Welcome

posted Mar 3, 2011, 4:30 PM by Bonny Elwell

This is our new website. If you have any suggestions or anything you would like to see included in our website, feel free to let us know through our "Contact Us" link. Thank you!

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