Joe Grabas will use his warmly received new book, Owning New Jersey, to demonstrate the value of and records research at the MCGS general meeting.
In Owning New Jersey Joe transforms the bare facts found in deeds, mortgages, and leases into essays or vignettes that bring to life the people who built New Jersey. From the Duke of York and the Proprietors Berkeley and Carteret through penniless apprentices early Black freemen, and slandered maidens, Joe helps us understand the sometimes confusing history of our state nd teaches us how to draw out the very human characteristics of our ancestors.
The history of slavery and abolition in New Jersey and the accomplishments of free Blacks are a specialty for Joe. Articles by Joe on these topics have appeared in TMC. He also specializes in colonial New Jersey, house histories, and land platting.
New Jersey’s land records and deeds are unlikely
sources for a thrilling tale but reveal little-known,
Joe’s book’s popularity has created a demand for him as a speaker. He is scheduled to appear before historical and genealogical societies through August of next year. Among his upcoming appearances are New Jersey State Library, Trenton, January 7, 2015 - 12 noon and the Atlantic County Library, Egg Harbor Twp., March 2, 2015 from 6 pm to 7 pm.
Recognized as the leading land title educator in New Jersey, Joe is the founder of the Grabas Institute for continuing Education, a member of the Monmouth County Historical Commission and the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). He has 36 years of experience in the title research profession and has performed extensive title research in five states, all twenty one counties in the State of New Jersey.
As an active member of MCGS Joe initiated and directed our hands-on research sessions at the County Clerk’s office. These sessions provide unique opportunities for MCGS members to search the county’s deeds and other land
records and get one-on-one help from Joe himself or from members of the County Clerk’s staff.
Refreshments are at 1:30: and the meeting will start at 2PM at the Eatontown Community/Senior Center . Guests are welcome.
German Special Interest Group
The next German Special Interest Group will meet Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Colts Neck Library, 1 Winthrop Drive, Colts Neck from 10AM to 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.
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