Preserve your Pictures and Stories

The New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists had a recent program presented by Michell Novak,  “Picturing Your Research Finding, Procuring, and Preserving Images.” Michell was excellent; she inspired me to dust off my (empty) acid-free boxes and start scanning and preserving. I love all of the old pictures; they bring the story to life …

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My Ladies – Julia Beam Part 2

  The Early Life of Julia Beam Part 1 introduced Julia Beam who was tarred and feathered on 17 October 1891 by a group of men in Glen Gardner, Hunterdon County. Newspapers throughout the country followed the trials with great interest. My Ladies – Julia Beam Part 1 The Beam Family Julia Beam was likely …

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Thanks Melissa!

Last week the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists met in the Plainfield Public Library.  Melissa Johnson, CG® presented the topic Scrivener writing software for genealogists.  She demonstrated how she uses it along with some hints and tips. I have owned Scrivener for years, and have dabbled with it but have yet to …

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My Ladies – Julia Beam Part 1

When I first started researching my family history, I soon realized that up until recently women and children were really at the mercy of the survival and success of the men in their lives.  It has made me appreciate my ability to earn a living.  I find it difficult not to empathize with the struggles …

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New Microfilm Scanners at Rutgers!

If you haven’t been to microforms at Alexander library, Rutgers University in a while you will be pleasantly surprised.  Last semester the University (and the New Jersey taxpayers) installed new microfilm scanners, and they are wonderful.  I had been dreading using the old machines, I never could find one that worked properly.    It took me …

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