Inside the brain of every genealogist are untold stories bursting to get out. What family historian doesn’t dream of writing his or her own book, letting the world know about their brave, brilliant, or eccentric ancestor? Joe Grabas, long-time member of the MCGS, entrepreneur and successful author will tell us how it’s done.
Don’t miss his presentation on the process of writing a book and getting it published at the MCGS July 9, 2017 General Meeting. How do you get started? How long does it take? How much does it cost? How much can I profit? How do I find a Publisher? Joe will answer all these questions and more.
Since the publication of Joe’s book, "Owning New Jersey," he has been in demand as a speaker. He recently sold his Title Agency to devote his time to his burgeoning speaking career and his Grabas Institute for Continuing Education, which concentrates on enhancing the skills of real estate and insurance professionals.
In addition, Joe is finishing work on his Master’s Degree at Monmouth University. He has completed his Graduate classes and is now digging into his Master’s Thesis, whose working title is "Crossing the Divide from Being Property to Owning Property: African American Land Ownership in New Jersey During the Colonial and Antebellum Period." He hopes to transform his thesis into a book "that people will want to read. . . with a much shorter title," he said.
Joe tells us he had an opportunity last year to travel to Jamaica with the Monmouth University Dept. of History and Anthropology to excavate a Slave Plantation Hospital site. "It was particularly rewarding for me, " he said, "as they had two Plantation Journals from the early 19th century which I was tasked with interpreting. Many interesting discoveries, the most significant of which was that the plantation owners were actively engaged in human husbandry, paying female slaves to create more slave children, who were put to work in the fields once they attained the age of five. My findings were included in the final Archaeological Report which was furnished to the Jamaican government."
Joe’s speaking schedule recently included speaking at an African American History Workshop in May at Grounds for Sculpture, the South River Historical Society, the National Settlement Services Summit in San Antonio, and The NJ Land Title Association Convention in June.
Joe also recently spoke before the Moorestown Historical Society, Passaic County Genealogy Club, Tewksbury Historical Society, and the New Jersey Library Association Annual Convention in Atlantic City. He did a Webinar for the American Escrow Association and filmed an episode of Genealogy Quick Start with Shamele Jordon in Philadelphia which was scheduled to air on June 7th.
We are delighted he is able to find time for us right here in Monmouth County.