The Genealogical Society of New Jersey— Virtual Spring Genealogy Conference
Saturday, 6 June 2020

Join us for a fun-filled day from the comfort of your own home for presentations on African American cemetery research, Irish research, Revolutionary and Civil War research, Immigration records, writing your family history, and genetic genealogy. 

The 2020 conference is VIRTUAL.

All presentations will be recorded and can be viewed until 6 July 2020 by pre-registered attendees only.

REGISTER BY WEDNESDAY, 3 June 2020

GSNJ 2020 Virtual Spring Genealogy Conference Schedule—Saturday, 6 June 2020

Schedule (All times are Eastern Daylight Time)


9:30 am—Attendees begin to access the conference

9:45 amOpening Remarks: C. Arthur Lawton III, GSNJ President

10:00 am—Session 1: Immigrant Records at the National Archives: College Park, Rich Venezia

11:15 am—Session 2: A Beginner’s Guide to Genetic Genealogy, Rick Fogarty

12:15-1:00 pm—Lunch and door prize drawings

1:00 pm—Session 3: African American Cemeteries in New Jersey, Cherekana Feliciano

2:15 pm—Session 4: Writing and Publishing Your Family History, Melissa A. Johnson, CG

3:30 pm—Session 5: Emerald Isle Express: Researching Irish Ancestors, Rich Venezia

4:45 pm—Session 6: Researching New Jersey Revolutionary and Civil War Ancestors, Regina Fitzpatrick


Each presentation is 45 minutes followed by 15 minute Q&A, with a 15 minute break between presentations.

All presentations will be recorded and can be viewed until 6 July 2020 by pre-registered attendees only.

The syllabus and conference link will be emailed to attendees on 4 June 2020.

Schedule and speakers may be subject to change. See www.gsnj.org for any updates.

Presentation Descriptions


Each presentation is 45 minutes followed by 15 minute Q&A, with a 15 minute break between presentations.


Session 1: Immigrant Records at the National Archives: College Park

Rich Venezia
20th-century immigrant ancestors are just waiting to be found in the records of the Department of State and U. S. Embassies and Consulates at the National Archives at College Park. Learn what records can be found and how to access them.


Session 2: A Beginner’s Guide to Genetic Genealogy

Rick Fogarty
This lecture covers the basics of genetic genealogy and how it can be used to supplement traditional documentation for genealogical research. Learn about the three basic types of DNA testing that are useful for genetic genealogy: Y-chromosome, autosomal, and mitochondrial DNA tests; the key testing companies; how to understand the test results; and resources for learning more about genetic genealogy.


Session 3: African American Cemeteries in New Jersey

Cherekana Feliciano
Learn about the history of African-American cemeteries in New Jersey, their current state, and what the future may hold for them.


Session 4: Writing and Publishing Your Family History

Melissa A. Johnson, CG
You’ve spent years researching – now what? Learn how to preserve your hard work for future generations by writing and publishing an interesting, compelling and well documented compiled genealogy, family narrative, biography, memoir or case study.


Session 5: Emerald Isle Express: Researching Irish Ancestors

Rich Venezia

Discover the variety of Irish record sets available, where to find which records, and how to learn the stories of your Irish ancestors.


Session 6: Researching New Jersey Revolutionary and Civil War Ancestors

Regina Fitzpatrick

New Jersey has a wealth of military service records especially for those interested in Revolutionary and Civil War ancestors.  Together, we’ll be reviewing useful primary record collections, both State and Federal, available at the New Jersey State Archives and National Archives, plus supporting secondary materials available at the New Jersey State Library.


The syllabus will include all handouts.

Speaker Biographies


Cherekana Feliciano

Cherekana Feliciano currently serves as the Vice President for the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) – New Jersey chapter. She is a family history enthusiast with over fifteen years of family history research. Cherekana earned a BA in History from Rutgers University and a JD from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Lectures

  • African American Cemeteries in New Jersey

Regina Fitzpatrick

Regina Fitzpatrick is a Genealogy Librarian at the New Jersey State Library. In addition to the Genealogy Collection, a non-circulating 18,000 plus item collection, she also oversees the Map and Atlas Collection, and the New Jersey State Library Archives collection. Prior to working at the Library, Regina worked for the New Jersey State Archives, where she became an expert on New Jersey Genealogical Collections, including Revolutionary and Civil War military collections, and helping to conduct family history research. At the State Library, Regina currently provides general Reference Services, in addition to specific Genealogy assistance, and teaches classes on conducting New Jersey Genealogy research. 

Lectures

  • Researching New Jersey Revolutionary and Civil War Ancestors

Rick Fogarty

Rick Fogarty is a professional genealogist and lecturer in Hazlet, New Jersey. He is a third-generation genealogist with deep Oklahoma roots and a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation. He specializes in Native American tribal, adoption, and DNA/forensic genealogical research. He has attended the Boston University forensic genealogy course, the Forensic Genealogy Institute genetic genealogy course, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. He is a life member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. He is an instructor on Native American tribal genealogy for several institutes and lectures frequently on many genealogical topics.

Lectures

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Genetic Genealogy

Melissa A. Johnson, CG

Melissa Johnson, CG, is a professional genealogist, writer and editor. She has expertise in researching families with origins in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and England, and works on forensic cases, dual citizenship matters, and lineage society applications. She is also proficient in using DNA test results to break through ancestral brick walls. Melissa serves on the board of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey and the International Society of British Genealogy and Family History. Her work has been published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, New York Genealogical & Biographical Record, NGS Magazine, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, and numerous other publications. Melissa is currently the Program Director for Boston University’s genealogy studies programs, and teaches at various genealogy institutes nationwide.

Lecture

  • Writing and Publishing Your Family History , Melissa A. Johnson

Rich Venezia

Rich Venezia lives in Pennsylvania and is a leading expert in twentieth-century immigration research and records. Rich is also a Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) & Genealogy Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) instructor, TEDx alum, and “Genealogy Roadshow” researcher.

Lecture

  • Immigrant Records at the National Archives: College Park
  • Emerald Isle Express: Researching Irish Ancestors

Registration

Register by Wednesday, 3 June 2020


Online Registration

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Mail In Registration Form

Download the mail-in form and send your registration form and payment to:

GSNJ 2020 Spring Genealogy Conference 
c/o Joan E. Betancourt, GSNJ Treasurer
10 Lincoln Place, Freehold, NJ 07728

Complete separate form for each registration. Additional forms may be printed from www.gsnj.org.

Contact Information or Questions

If you have questions, please contact Christine Murphy, GSNJ Trustee & Program Chair, at programs@gsnj.org.

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