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Our Society provides a lively forum for resource sharing, mutual assistance, and instruction for those interested in family history and genealogy. Beginners as well as more experienced genealogists profit from monthly lectures on topics relating to genealogy.

Since our origin in 1988 at the Joint Free Public Library of Morristown and Morris Township, our Society has grown and we now meet at the Morris County Library*, 30 East Hanover Ave., Whippany, NJ on the first Tuesday evening of the month. Visitors are welcome at our monthly meetings. Refreshments are served at 6:30; the program begins at 7:00.

If a monthly meeting needs to be cancelled, every effort is made by the MAGS Board to notify the Morris County Library before 3 pm, with a cancellation notification posted on this page of this website. When in doubt, please call the Morris County Library directly.

Among the benefits of membership are a subscription to the quarterly Morris Area Genealogy Society Newsletter and participation in our Special Interest Groups which focus on particular challenges and topics such as research strategies in a smaller, less formal setting.

Members are encouraged to volunteer their time and share their expertise by serving on committees.

*Directions to the Library. Telephone number: 973-285-6930.



5 Sep 2017

What WAS That Enumerator Thinking? Case Studies in Census Confusion: Liz Haigney Lynch, The Ancestral Archaeologist   
Anyone tracking their family in U.S. censuses knows how frustrating it is when ancestors aren’t where you thought they’d be. Tempting as it is to blame vindictive census-takers, it’s likely not their fault – and your family may not really be missing. This presentation outlines some key ways of using census research wisely and in depth. This session will focus especially on immigrant ancestors in densely populated urban areas, a group that presents interesting challenges in narrowing broad search results to specific, plausible possibilities.

A former newspaper writer and editor, Liz began serious genealogical research about 20 years ago, and holds a certificate in genealogical studies from Boston University. In addition to occasional client research, she coordinates repository tours for the New Jersey chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), of which she is a charter member.
Liz continues her work as a freelance writer and editor. Check out her blog, The Ancestral Archaeologist!

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