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Sunday, November 13, 2016

"German Research"

"Tunneling Through German Immigrant Research: a Case Study," will be the featured topic at the next MCGS general meeting. The speaker will be Richard Haberstroh, a founding member of the highly respected German Genealogy Group at

Dr. Haberstroh is a native of New York City, whose six German ancestral lines arrived between 1835 and 1852. He has been involved in German research since 1984, when he made his first of many trips to Germany. He served as a volunteer librarian at the LDS Family History Center in Plainview, New York, from 1988 to 2001, specializing in assisting patrons with German and New York City research.

As one of the founders of the German Genealogy Group, Richard explained that in the early 1990s, he and a friend, Jim Pelzer, were getting more and more involved with German research. They realized that many people were interested in doing German research, but often were intimidated in particular by the German language. "We thought that a genealogy group focused on Germany might be a good way to support the many individuals who were trying to make a start," he said. "We put together a flyer, distributed it, and ended up with about a hundred people at our initial meeting. After another successful meeting, the group languished for a while, mostly due to my lack of time for it. Eventually through the dedication and hard work of others, the group really picked up steam, and has become something of a model for an active and creative genealogical society. I try to stay active with the group mainly by assisting members, doing translations, and giving lectures."

Richard has published numerous genealogical articles, including his own family’s New York City genealogy in

the NYG&B Record, and shorter articles for the newsletter of the German Genealogy Group. (His ancestral families include Haberstroh, Gerber, Futterer, and Zibold from Baden, Handwerker, Leibrecht, Griebe, Haubeil, Hein, and Petri from the Pfalz, and Hausknecht, Munsch, Brumm, Koeppel, Hemmert, and Zenss from Alsace.)

He is also the author of the book, "The German Churches of Metropolitan New York: a Research Guide," published by NYG&B, and the downloadable guide "Protestant & Catholic Church Archives in Germany."

While working with others on their family histories, lecturing on German genealogy, and continuing his own family research, Richard works as a researcher in Electrical Engineering, specializing in Signal and Image Processing.

  TMC November 2016

The meeting will be held at the Eatontown Community/Senior Center, 72 Broad Street, Eatontown. It will start at 2:00 preceded by refreshments at 1:30.  Guests are welcome.

Irish Special Interest Group

Frustration, like misery, loves company. That’s the idea behind the founding of the new MCGS Irish Special Interest Group. Already at least six sons and daughters of the Old Sod have signed up for the inaugural meeting 10 a.m. Saturday, November 12th at the home of  Susan O’Brien, 875 River Road, Fair Haven. 

To add your name to the list of attendees, contact either: Susan O’Brien by phone at 732-747-0090 or email at  or Judy Bretzger at 732-542-0963 or

African-American Special Interest Group

We meet each month at 1PM at the Calvary Baptist Church at Bridge Avenue and River Street in Red Bank. 

The next meeting is Saturday, October 15 at 1:00PM

For more information contact Charles Lawson at (732)530-1995 or .

German Special Interest Group

The next regular meeting is scheduled for Saturday, November 19th  at the Colts Neck Library 10AM-12PM.

At this time we don't have a group leader but if anyone is interested in taking over this position, it would be very welcome. 

If you aren't already on the email list, please contact  Debbie White at so that you can be added to the list and informed of any changes in meeting dates etc.

Monmouth Roots Group

The next Monmouth Roots Group will meet Saturday, December 3rd the Colts Neck Library, 1 Winthrop Drive, Colts Neck from 10AM to 12PM

For more information, please contact Lynn Wilson so that you can be added to the list and informed of any changes in meeting dates etc.

Scotch-Irish Special Interest Group

The New Scots-Irish Special Interest Group will meet October 10th from 10AM to 12PM.  Contact Donna for the location.

If you aren't already on the email list, please contact  Donna at for more information.

Memoirs Group

 November 9th will be the next meeting. Contact Lynn Wilson at for more information.

Also available here:

Cornelius Walling complete will 9627M dated August 22, 1825 from Book B wills folio 461 from the Monmouth County Surrogates Office.

Cornelius Walling inventory 9627M dated January 25, 1826 from Book C inventories p. 144  from the Monmouth County Surrogates Office



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