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NJHS to co-host all-day genealogy conference at Rutgers


The New Jersey Historical Society and the Genealogical Society of New Jersey (GSNJ) are co-sponsoring an all-day Spring Genealogy Program on Saturday, June 5, 2004 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Rutgers University’s Center for Law and Justice at 123 Washington Street in Newark.
The conference will feature special guest speaker John Philip Colletta, one of America’s most popular genealogical lecturers. Based in Washington, D.C., Colletta conducts workshops for the National Archives, teaches courses for the Smithsonian Institution and local universities, and is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University in Alabama and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

He also has appeared on local and national radio and television shows and is the author of They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor’s Arrival Record; Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath, and Finding Italian Roots: The Complete Guide for Americans.

Other guest speakers will include: John Celardo, Acting Regional Facility Director and Senior Archivist of the Northeast region of the National Archives in Manhattan; Charles F. Cummings, Assistant Director for Special Collections at the Newark Public Library, Newark City Historian, and Professor at Rutgers University-Newark; Joseph R. Klett, Chief of the New Jersey State Archives and Vice President of GSNJ; Chad Leinaweaver, Director for the Library at The New Jersey Historical Society, and Rebecca Preece, Genealogy Librarian at the New Jersey State Library.

The registration fee is $48. For more information, please call (609) 924-9742, visit GSNJ’s web site at Genealogical Society of New Jersey or send an email to john@konvalinka.com. Mail registrations must be received by May 20, 2004. Space is limited; early registration is recommended.

Lecture topics will range from using maps and newspapers in genealogical research to accessing electronic public records over the Internet. The program will also feature early afternoon tours of The New Jersey Historical Society and the Newark Public Library, as well as a book fair/vendor exhibit area.

This program is made possible, in part, from general operating support from the New Jersey Historical Commission.

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