Area Genealogy Society meetings are held the first Tuesday
of the month, from September through May, at the Morris County Library, 30 East Hanover Ave.,
Whippany, NJ. Refreshments are served at 6:30; the program begins at 7:00.
(Directions to the
A list of our past monthly programs, since the startup
of MAGS in 1988, can be found here.
In addition to its regular meetings, MAGS also sponsors Special
2013 - 2014 Meeting Schedule
3 Sept 2013
Obituaries and Beyond: Using Newspapers for Genealogical Research
at the Morristown and Morris Township Library: Carolyn Dorsey,
Librarian and Cheryl Turkington, Assistant Archivist
Newspapers are one of the best and most underused resources in genealogical
research. They are often used by genealogists, mainly as a source
of obituaries, but there is so much more family information to be
found in old newspapers than just obituaries and death notices. You
can learn not only about the communities in which our ancestors
lived, but also many rich details about their lives. Carolyn Dorsey
will review the many newspaper resources at the NJH&GC (New
Jersey History & Genealogy Center at the Morristown and Morris
Township Library, Morristown, NJ), and present
an overview on how to use them, and Cheryl Turkington will discuss
the kinds of family information you might find by searching through
newspapers of the past.
1 Oct 2013
City Directories: Beverly Yackel of Monmouth County Genealogy Society
A city directory is a listing of the population of a given city. They
were particularly popular before the coming of telephone books. City
directories always list the head of household, occupation and
residence. Later the wife’s name appeared.
In some cases even more information is found,
such as name and address of employer, and even the former spouse's
name in the case of a widow. As time went on the listings grew to
include all the members of a household who were employed. Some
directories include a cross-index, arranged by
street address, which list the householders. These are useful for
finding neighbors. Later directories contain an
abundance of other useful information.
Beverly Yackel will offer a presentation on making the most of city
directories in your research, including tips on how to find them.
They can also lead you to “living” relatives.
5 Nov 2013
Tracing Your Revolutionary War Family at the David
Library of the American Revolution: Katherine Ludwig, Librarian at the David
The David Library of the American Revolution provides a unique
resource not only for soldiers and their families, but Loyalists,
British and Hessian soldiers and their origins, groups that did not
fight such as Quakers, Mennonites, and neutrals. The collection focuses
on the period from 1750-1800 and includes military, social, political
documents, old newspapers, and even material from the British Archives
and Germany that is available nowhere else in this country.
3 Dec 2013
Annual Holiday Party. Members Only
Come share in the fun! We’ll hear stories from members and draw for
turns at the gift exchange table. If you can, please bring a treat and
an item to share at the “gift exchange.” Such items may be items
potentially of interest to a genealogist— books that you’re finished
with, genealogical periodicals, reference CDs, etc.
7 Jan 2014
Morris Area Genealogy Society presents: 'MAGS Mysteries' Decoded -- Special websites,
resources, databases, interest groups, and more.
Membership in the Morris Area Genealogy Society comes with a variety of benefits
beyond attendance at general meetings. Learn what is happening in our Special Interest Groups!
SIGs are for members only (though visitors may come once). Beyond the public website, members
can join the “MAGSmembers” Yahoo group (photos, files, links, databases) or Yahoo groups
related to various SIGs. Learn about the cousins’ projects, indexes, surname connections,
and many more helps for members!
4 Feb 2014
An Ordinary Man: Hunting for your not-so-rich-and-famous Ancestor:
Most of us have at least a few forebears who were not wealthy or celebrated.
Finding and getting to know these ordinary folks can be a struggle. Help is on the
way with this presentation by Cheryl Turkington, author and assistant archivist at
the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center at Morristown/Morris Township Library.
Ms. Turkington will show how she utilized local records to do an in-depth search on
one individual, starting with only a photograph.
4 Mar 2014
Some Lessons in Irish Genealogy: Dick O'Malley
Irish researcher Dick O'Malley will explain research in the
U.S. and Ireland. His presentation will highlight what you need
to know to begin, plus sources, books, contacts, records,
repositories, websites, DNA, brickwalls, and getting help
from other researchers. Listeners will be able to learn from
his difficulties and also from his successes.
1 Apr 2014
Brick Wall Busting Strategies: Susan Simon
The presentation will consist of some ideas in how to attack
a brick wall. There will be seven different steps or methods to help
solve a brick wall. Examples from her research will be shown using the
methods presented. Susan Simon is the leader of the MAGS Brick Wall SIG
and has been doing genealogical research since the mid-1970s.
6 May 2014
Research Strategies in NJG&HC: James Lewis
The North Jersey History and Genealogy Center is considered
one of the top local and family history resources in the state.
Director James Lewis will highlight the three notable strengths
of the collection: New York/New England sources (since many New
Jerseyans can trace their earliest roots to that region), north
Jersey materials (with particular depth in Morristown, of course),
and holdings on places to which Morris County families emigrated.
Researchers count themselves fortunate to have this valuable family
history collection “right in our own backyard!”
There are generally no meetings in June, July and August.