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19 November 2014
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The Genealogical Society of New Jersey received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

New Jersey Historical Commission

Publication Announcement:

The Genealogical Society of New Jersey is pleased announce that it has for sale a new publication by author and GSNJ member, Donald G. Armstrong: New Jersey Pioneers: Twenty-Four Families With New Jersey Immigrants 1676-1705, Their New England Immigrant Ancestors, 1630-1662, and Ohio Descendants 1803-1822. Mr. Armstrong is donating the proceeds from the sale of fifty copies of this, his latest work, to the Society. The Society is very grateful indeed to the generosity of Mr. Armstrong and invites its members and the genealogical and historical community to purchase this volume at the GSNJ online store.

New Jersey Pioneers: Twenty-Four Families With New Jersey Immigrants 1676-1705, Their New England Immigrant Ancestors, 1630-1662, and Ohio Descendants 1803-1822, by Donald G. Armstrong (Penobscot Press, 2014), cloth, 8.5 x 11, x + 591 pp., photographs, 10,006 entry Every Name Index. $55.00 ($49.50 for GSNJ members).

New Jersey Pioneers contains twenty-four family genealogies in the ancestry of the writer’s mother, focusing on her numerous lines of descent that pass through the colony and state of New Jersey. Immigrant ancestors came to New England between 1630 and 1662 and to New Jersey between 1676 and 1705. The New Jersey pioneers include families who came there directly from Great Britain and others who migrated from New England, some via Long island. They lived principally in Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Salem Counties. After several generations in New Jersey, the migratory trail leads to Ohio between 1803 and 1822. A majority of these families were Quakers.

This book addresses the families of direct ancestors of the writer and their siblings. It is based on extensive research in original and secondary records. Sources are thoroughly documented via footnotes. Significant previous genealogical work found on each family is acknowledged and discussed. Particular effort is made to call attention to past errors and unproved claims, some of which may have been repeated in print or on the internet. There are sections with photographs covering the more recent generations. The intent is to provide meaningful coverage of these families and assistance to those who seek to dig deeper.

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About GSNJ

The Genealogical Society of New Jersey (GSNJ) was founded in 1921 by a group of genealogical scholars dedicated to the preservation of New Jersey family history. A common interest among GSNJ's founders was the transcription of ancient tombstone information. Styling themselves "tombstones hounds," they began the practice of organizing get-togethers or "tombstone hunts" at burying grounds around the state. In 1924 the Society was incorporated, with its mission to discover, procure, preserve and publish information pertaining to families and individuals associated with New Jersey.

GSNJ's institutional history can be seen as a rich tapestry of truly remarkable contributions made by scores of committed volunteers. In many cases, these men and women have given decades of service to promote the Society's mission and attain its far-reaching objectives. Many of the founders were still active on the board of trustees into the 1940s-50s, more than twenty or thirty years after establishing the organization. Such long affiliations with the Society are still common among the trustees.

In 1925, the Society commenced publication of its journal, The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey. Now in its eightieth volume, GMNJ was originally issued quarterly but evolved into three (larger) numbers issued annually. It is, today, respected as a national leader among genealogical journals and is recognized as the preeminent resource for transcribed primary source material from New Jersey. GMNJ's success can be attributed to a tradition of commitment to the journal-personally by its editors and organizationally by the board of trustees. Despite the fact that the editors have never been compensated, in the journal's eighty year history there have been only six editorships or co-editorships. Founding editor Russell Bruce Rankin served from 1925 to 1949. He was succeeded by Donald A. Sinclair, who served as editor for twenty years and as a trustee from 1939 until his death in 2004. The late Kenn Stryker-Rodda, for several decades a trustee of the Society and associate editor of the Magazine, was recently nominated to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame. Such dedication continues today as thousands of hours are freely given each year by GSNJ's board members and volunteers.

As times and research methodology have changed, the Society has evolved as an organization and has risen to face the challenges of an electronic age. Since its founding, GSNJ has collected manuscripts and research papers. Its extensive archives are a key resource for New Jersey genealogy, complementing the holdings of public and academic research institutions. In 1960, GSNJ's manuscript collections were placed on deposit at Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Forty-five years later, this arrangement still serves both organizations and the researching public quite well.

In 1976, GSNJ began its Newsletter as a forum for reviews of published works, queries and other genealogical news. This publication has itself evolved over the decades, adding features to educate genealogists and promote scholarship. In the early 1990s, GSNJ began automating its indexes and finding aids, and a few years later established its website. Our Internet presence is now, of course, a major focus for the Society, as is the creation of electronic resources.

Throughout GSNJ's history, we have also issued many reference works and sponsored countless educational programs. The latter are frequently co-presented with other historical or genealogical groups in-state and out-of-state. GSNJ regularly joins with other statewide organizations to promote New Jersey history and genealogy, ever broadening our audience and range of publishing and collecting. Yet the basic mission of the Society remains constant, and our tradition of service through volunteering and the ideals of accuracy and scholarship in genealogical research will continue to guide us in our future endeavors.