Past GSNJ Seminars, Programs, and Annual Meetings

The GSNJ holds an Annual Seminar and its Annual Meeting at various locations around the State. Both events feature one or more speakers on topics relevant to New Jersey genealogical research. The Annual Seminar (usually held on a Saturday in the spring or early summer) is a full day of talks and presentations. The Annual Meeting occurs in November where elections of Trustees are followed by one or more presentations.

All GSNJ Members receive meeting notices by mail and the general public is also invited to attend. Events are published here, on our Facebook page (, and via Twitter (

In addition to GSNJ events, we regularly attend conferences and seminars and partner with organizations who promote New Jersey history and genealogy. Past events where GSNJ has participated or exhibited include: the Monmouth County Archives Day, Tri-County History Fair, the Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair, Family History Center Genealogy Events, the New York Public Library Family History Day, the New York State Family History Conference, among other regional, state, and national conferences.

2018 Genealogical Society of New Jersey Seminar
Saturday, 23 June 2017

Date/Time: Saturday, 23 June 2016
Location: Raritan Valley Community College, Conference Center, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, New Jersey 08876

Presentations on Genetic Genealogy/DNA, the New Jersey State Archives, House Histories, World War I, and techniques to help you advance your research!


Karen Stanbary, CG®
– DNA: A Power Tool in the Genealogist’s Tool Box
– Finding Your Way Around AncestryDNA
– My Ancestors Live On In Me: Autosomal DNA Basics I
– My Ancestors Live on in Me: Autosomal DNA Basics II

Catherine Stearns Medich
What’s New at the New Jersey State Archives

Joseph Bilby | New Jersey and the Great War

Lorraine Arnold | House Histories: The Ancestral Story Beyond the Documents

Melissa Johnson, CG | Streamline Your Genealogical Planning and Research: Go Paperless!

The Genealogical Society of New Jersey 96th Annual Meeting

Saturday, 4 November 2017, 10:30am
Pane Room, Alexander Library, Rutgers University
169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901


Must-Have Resources for New Jersey Genealogy

Presentation by Michelle Tucker Chubenko, Legacy Tree Genealogists and Jersey Roots Genealogy

Many of New Jersey’s best reference materials and web resources require detailed explanation in order to be used effectively. We’ll discover how to find and use a variety of published reference books, journals, source material, finding aids, as well as explore some websites vital for New Jersey genealogical research.

Michelle Tucker Chubenko is a professional genealogist who has more than 27 years experience. She has researched US families in New Jersey, Maryland, southwest Virginia, and Oklahoma/Indian Territory; and across Europe including Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Poland, Austria, and Germany.

Chubenko was a researcher on TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? (season one) and appeared in the April 2010 episode featuring Brooke Shields. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, numerous local and ethnic genealogical societies, and is active in local history organizations. In 2013, she became the co-coordinator for the Ukrainian Historical & Educational Center’s Nashi Predky Family History Group and has served as a Commissioner on the Middlesex County Heritage & Cultural Commission since 2011.

Chubenko has also served as a Trustee of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey, Education Chairperson for the Monmouth County Genealogy Society, and is a founding member of the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She has attended the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (where she has lectured), the Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research, and Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and is a ProGen17 graduate.

In October 2016, she joined Legacy Tree Genealogists as a Researcher specializing in Eastern European research. Chubenko has presented genealogical lectures to audiences on a local, county, state and national level and also via online chat sessions. Follow her blog, JerseyRootsGenealogy: A Garden State Journey in Genealogy, at

2017 Genealogical Society of New Jersey Seminar
Saturday, 17 June 2017


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, East Brunswick Ward

GSNJ and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, East Brunswick Ward, are proud to present an exciting program. This year we are honoring the 100th anniversary of World War I and the 125th anniversary of Ellis Island.

Date/Time: Saturday, 4 June 2016
Location: Family History Center, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, East Brunswick Ward, 303 Dunhams Corner Road, East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816


Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS (presenting four talks)
– “Can a Complex Research Problem be Solved Solely Online?”
– “Inferential Genealogy: Deducing Ancestors’ Identities Indirectly”
– “Organizing Evidence to Overcome Record Shortages”
– “Autosomal DNA to Solve a Family Mystery”
Flora Boros | “Over There: Stories of New Jerseyans During the Great War”
Melissa A. Johnson, CG“New Jersey Vital Records, Adoption and Divorce,”
Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS“French Huguenots in New Netherland and New York/New Jersey”
Fred Voss  | “Stories from Ellis Island”


2016 Genealogical Society of New Jersey Annual Meeting and Featured Presentation
Saturday, 12 November 2016

Date/Time: Saturday, 12 November 2016, 10:30 am
Location: Pane Room, Alexander Library, Rutgers University, 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

The presentation was preceded by a brief Annual Meeting and election of Trustees. The minutes from the 2015 Annual Meeting, slate of trustees, and other business were all approved by Member-attendee vote.


Organizing the American Revolution: New Jersey as an Example
Presentation by Eric G. Grundset, Director of Library Publications
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library, Washington, DC

Have you ever wished you could find obscure records and materials for your Revolutionary War ancestor but don’t know where to look? Do you wish your state had a research guide for the location of documents to enhance your research? You are not alone. Since 2011, the DAR Library has published a series of source guides to help overcome your research roadblocks.

Not every state library or state archives owns “everything” on the American Revolution for their own state. They are, indeed, the fundamental institutions for colonial research, but much is located elsewhere. Libraries and rep