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We are now on Facebook! Come join us and bring your friends!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

 MCGS General Meeting at 1:30PM

Utilizing Social Media in Your Genealogical Research

"Fumbling with Facebook? Bewildered by bloggers? Terrified of Twitter? Don’t be left behind! Casey Zahn, a frequent guest speaker at MCGS, will help get you on the right track with Social Media.

Casey, whose presentations have been enthusiastically received at MCGS, will speak on "Utilizing Social Media in Your Genealogical Research" at our May general meeting.

Many genealogical researchers have been turning to different forms of social media (defined as websites that connect individuals and provide for user-generated content) and are looking for help in how to discover genealogical clues. How do researchers access the information they are seeking? Casey invites us to learn how to use blogs, videos (such as YouTube), photo sharing (as in Flickr) and other social media to make new connections in our search for more information about our ancestors.

Come find out it’s not as hard as it may look. Or, if you are an old hand at this, come and contribute your own hints and techniques to keep up-to-date in this fast-evolving world.

Casey, a Norwich, CT native, is a third grade teacher in Robbinsville, NJ and a former trustee of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey. She has written two teacher guides for the National Genealogical Society and has had two  articles published in Heritage Quest magazine about teaching genealogy to children.

She was recently elected to serve on the National Alumni Council of Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, WV and was a 1997 recipient of the NJ Governor’s Teacher of the Year Award for her school district. She is an American History Fellow for the Nathanael Greene Liberty Fellowship and teaches adult genealogy classes throughout New Jersey.

Casey resides in Pennington, NJ with her husband and often goes home to New England to seek out her relatives, past and present."

May 2015

Refreshments are at 1:30: and the meeting will start at 2PM  at the Eatontown Community/Senior Center . Guests are welcome.

New Irish Research 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, May 16 at the home of (appropriately) 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



From Gary D. Saretzky, Archivist and Shelagh Reilly at the Monmouth County Archives:


Regarding the Monmouth County Naturalizations Database, 1907-1991


Until 1991, naturalizations were performed in Freehold by the County Clerk.  You may be interested to know that this database has just been added to the Monmouth County Archives webpage at


It contains more than 29,000 naturalization records based on our records here, 1907-1991.   The records may be requested by clicking on the relevant links when you get search results.  Like our other databases available on the same webpage, including one for earlier naturalizations, it is intended to make our records more accessible to the public.  We hope it may be useful to you at some point in the future.

German Special Interest Group

The next German Special Interest Group will meet Saturday, April 18, 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. 

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.

Now Available!!!

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.

 Publications Order Form

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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