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General Meeting

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Contrasting German Migrations

James Beidler will present "Contrasting German Migrations," discussing the two major waves of German migration to this country, at the November General Meeting of the MCGS. More Americans trace their ancestors to Germany than to any other country, but the largest numbers arrived in two different waves. The early Germans of the 18th century varied in economic class, religion, geographical origin and even aspirations from the later wave of 19th century. Come learn about this facet of European migration and how it can help in tracing your origins to any country.

In addition to discussing German migration, Jim Beidler will go on to present a brief program on historical newspaper research, a topic useful for almost everyone. This presentation will introduce his book "The Making of the Family Tree Historical Newspapers Guide," due to come out in January.

Jim is well qualified to speak on both topics. He began his career as a newspaper man after graduation from Hofstra University with a degree in political science. Then, he says, it took him more than twenty years of searching to find any ancestry that wasn’t from Germany.

Explaining how that led to becoming a full-time genealogist, he said "While I was still in high school, I wanted to be a journalist. When I went away to college, the editor of my hometown paper (for which I had worked as a copyboy) encouraged me not to major in journalism - "You either can write or not. They can't teach you. Take courses in what you'll write about." So I became a poli sci major, economics minor and it always served me well.

"Genealogy started as a hobby. I was helping my mother write and edit a history book of our 250-year-old congregation (Bern Reformed Church, Berks Co, PA) and, living only a mile away, it was easy for me to say at one point "I'm going to take a walk to the old graveyard at church and see if there's anything else I can find." I immediately found new ancestors from the detailed German tombstones there that gave generational connections in a real sense. I never returned from that graveyard!

"Evolving into a professional was gradual. While I was living in Harrisburg, someone asked me to look up obits on microfilm for a few bucks. Then I offered to teach a continuing ed class on genealogy at the local community college. People asked me to do lineage society papers. My bridge into full-time professional work was 1999 when I left my job as a copy editor (for The Patriot-News in Harrisburg) and became executive director for the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. When I left there 4 years later, I became a full-time free-lancer."

Jim now writes "Roots & Branches," an award-winning weekly newspaper column on genealogy that is the only syndicated feature on family history in Pennsylvania. He is a columnist for German Life magazine and is editor of Der Kurier, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society.

He is a frequent contributor to other periodicals ranging from scholarly journals such as The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine to popular-interest magazines such as Ancestry and Family Tree Magazine. He wrote the chapter on genealogy for Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth, published jointly by the Penn State Press and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

His speaking credits include all the nation's largest genealogical conferences, as well as the Pennsylvania Humanities Council's acclaimed Commonwealth Speakers program (2002–2009). Jim teaches online courses and webinars for Family Tree University.

TMC November 2017

The next general 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.

Scots-Irish & Irish Special Interest Group

The Scot-Irish and Irish groups have now merged.

The next meeting is TBD.

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 on a Saturday each month at 1 PM at the Calvary Baptist Church at Bridge Avenue and River Street in Red Bank. There will be no October meeting.

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

German Special Interest Group

The next regular meeting is scheduled for December 16th  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 TBD at 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.

Memoirs Group

 October 11th will be the next meeting. Contact Lynn Wilson at for more information.

A new Special Interest Group on DNA is being organized.  More information will be posted here when avalable.

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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