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
2015 - 2016 Meeting Schedule
1 Sept 2015
Genetic Genealogy: Bob Stein
On TV shows like Who Do You Think You Are?, Genealogy Road Show and
Finding Your Roots with Henry Lewis Gates Jr., we watch people solve
mysteries in their ancestry by using DNA. Every day Law Enforcement
organizations use DNA to identify criminals. But what exactly is
DNA and what kinds of questions can it answer about us and our
ancestors? Is there more than one type of DNA test and if so, which
one should I use? Will I have to give a blood sample or tear out
hair samples for the test?
Find out the answers to these questions and many more from Bob Stein, a
genealogist with over fifteen years experience lecturing on TV and to
6 Oct 2015
Researching Revolutionary War Soldiers: Bob Mayers
Did my ancestor serve in
the American Revolution? How do I find him? What did he do in the
war? The Revolutionary War lasted for eight long years, from 1775
until 1783. Bob Mayers will answer these questions by exploring
existing public and military records of soldiers who served in the
Revolutionary War. Learn how to locate your soldier in the National
Archives, lineage societies, state and local records and dedicated
collections; and then how to follow your soldier’s adventures during
the Revolutionary War.
Bob Mayers is a dedicated and proficient
genealogist. He is an active member of ten historical and
genealogical societies and a frequent speaker and contributor to
publications. His new book The Forgotten Revolution depicts
battlefields, encampments and sites of many critical events of the
American Revolution that have been lost or neglected by history.
3 Nov 2015
Social History in Everyday Documents: Lisa Kerr Ilowite
What is Social History? Lisa Kerr Ilowite will explore how to find information
on ancestors beyond names, dates, and places; how to unearth the details of their everyday lives.
Lisa Kerr Ilowite
is a research scientist who applies her scientific research skills to genealogy and has been conducting her family history
for the past twenty years. Her areas of interest include Western PA,Scotland, social history, and Black Sheep ancestors.
Her DAR ancestor, John Emery, is from Hunterdon County, plus she is a direct-line descendant of the FitzRandolph and Gaston families.
Election Day - Yes, the library is open.
1 Dec 2015
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 to eat/share and an item to give away 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.
5 Jan 2016
- "What's New in Computer Genealogy" by Ruth Daniels
- "WorldCat and JerseyCat" by Susan Kehr
- "Update on Researching with Family Search" by Martha Corson
2 Feb 2016
Using the DAR Databases: Susan Kehr
Ever wonder what the DAR
is and how it can help you in your genealogy research? Susan Kehr will
explore what the DAR is, how to access the various DAR databases
that are available to the general public, and what important
genealogical information can be obtained.
Susan Kehr is President of
Morris Area Genealogy Society, and a member of DAR. She is a genealogist with over nine years experience researching
and speaking on a variety of genealogy topics.
1 Mar 2016
Interviewing & Recording for Genealogical Purposes: Stu Shippey
This is a two-part talk: interviewing and recording
oral history; and recorders and preservation of audio.
Stu Shippey is a genealogist active with
MAGS, and is responsible for audio recording speakers at the MAGS monthly meetings.
5 Apr 2016
||Don't Forget The Ladies...The Women In Your Past:
Nancy C. Nelson and Carol M. Shaeffer
While male ancestors are easier to research, females can be identified and information
found that can greatly enhance one’s family history. This lecture will focus on research
tips and records that can help identify females and their family of origin.
Nancy C. Nelson is an active member of several genealogical and
historical societies. With more than twenty years experience in
genealogical research, her focus has been Burlington and Monmouth Counties, NJ.
Carol M. Sheaffer is an active member of several genealogical and
historical societies. She has had more than thirty years experience
in genealogical research with focus on Central and Southern NJ, Philadelphia, Lancaster
and surrounding counties in Pennsylvania.
3 May 2016
||How to Make Sure You Are Researching the Correct Family:
Many of us have heard stories about our ancestors. Are the stories true? Any part of the
story true? Can I accept what my grandmother or mother told me about my family? You may find
contradictory stories or 'facts' about your ancestors. How do you decide which version is
correct? This presentation will help you use reliable sources in researching your
ancestors to determine correctness of the stories.
Susan Simon is VP and Program Chair of Morris Area Genealogy Society,
and Trustee of Madison Historical Society.
There are generally no meetings in June, July and August.