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Middletown Town Book Two 1699-1848

This is a transcription by Lynn Klemens of the Monmouth County Genealogy Society of original town records held by the Monmouth County Historical Association.  Old Middletown Town Book 1677-1700 was published in Volume 2 of John E. Stillwell’s Historical and Genealogical Miscellany.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

 MCGS General Meeting at 1:30PM

Records at the National Archives in New York

NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) is arguably the most important repository of genealogical resources in the country. We here in Monmouth County are fortunate to live between two of its regional locations -New York and Philadelphia (please see following related article). Residents of less densely populated areas must travel hundreds of miles to search the same records we can find in a one or two hour drive.

At our September General Meeting NARA Education Specialist Christopher Zarr will explain how to access its rich primary sources, including census records, passenger arrivals and naturalization records -- and much more.

For the last six years Christopher has worked with teachers, students, and the general public in the Manhattan repository at One Bowling Green, appropriately close to the ferry for the Statue of Liberty.

He’ll let us know what’s online, so that we won’t even have to take that hour’s drive, and what is available only on-site.

The National Archives at New York City maintains the historically significant records of Federal agencies and courts in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands dating from 1685 to the present. In addition, NARA provides access to a variety of online historical resources. Come learn what important clues to your family history are waiting at NARA.

The bad news is that NARA in center city Philadelphia is now closed due to "budget adjustments." The good news is that the Townsend Road location is open for researchers and is a much shorter drive from Monmouth County and does not involve center city traffic or expensive parking.

According to NARA’s website "The Townsend Road location is open for Researchers wishing to use original records (paper and photographs; not digitized or online) who must make an appointment."

"Public Access computers and microfilm will not be available at Townsend Road until sometime this Autumn."

The facility is located at 14700 Townsend Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154-1096. It is a short distance from Interstate 95 in the extreme northeastern section of the city

TMC Sept 2014

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, October 18th, 2014 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. 

If you aren't already on the email list, please contact  Debbie White at debra.white1@verizon.net so that you can be added to the list and informed of any changes in meeting dates etc.


Fall Workshop
Saturday, October 4, 2014
8:30AM - 3PM
New Jersey Repositories

• Resources at the New Jersey State Archives, presented by Catherine Medich

• Using Local Libraries and Historical Societies, presented by Melissa Johnson

• Genealogical Resources at the Newark Public Library, presented by Tom Ankner

• An Introduction to the New Jersey State Library, presented by John Shaw

• Researching at the Monmouth County Historical Association, presented by Gail Hahn

Registration is at 8:30 a.m. at the Eatontown Community/Senior Center Morning refreshments will be served; bring your own lunch. Registration Form

For more information, contact Beverly Yackel at 732-747-8505 or byackel@verizon.net



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