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Sunday, September 13, 2015

 MCGS General Meeting at 1:30PM

Early Monmouth Families - They’re Still Around Us

Rick Geffken, our newsletter publisher, is a local archival historian, a writer, and a frequent presenter of Monmouth County historical topics. He will be the featured speaker at the Society’s General Meeting on Sunday, September 13, 2015, starting at 1:30 pm. The meeting location is the Community Center, 72 Broad Street in Eatontown. Rick will speak about early Monmouth County Families.

The early history of the settlement of Monmouth County is replete with families named Morris, Applegate, Grover, Brown, West, Lippincott, and more. Most, but not all, were from the British Isles. Rick will talk about what they owned, their intermarriages, and their continuing legacy in the Garden State.

Rick’s interest in genealogy began over 30 years ago: "My parents had retired and were preparing to move from nearby Middletown to North Fort Myers in Florida. They gave me a box of old family photos which piqued my curiosity. I’ve had a lot of fun tracing my paternal German ancestors back to the 1600s. My mother’s Irish family remains somewhat more elusive before the early 1800’s. I’ve written the book of our family history and sent it to interested relatives, near and far."

Rick’s articles on genealogy and local history have appeared in the compilation Stories from Highlands New Jersey; the Howell Times, the Red Bank/Shrewsbury, Long Branch/Eatontown, and the Howell Patch websites; the Shrewsbury Borough Historical Society Newsletter; the Fanfare Newsletter of Farmingdale; and The Crown, the newsletter of Christ Church in Shrewsbury. He is currently finishing a book updating the story of the Borough of Shrewsbury, to be published this fall.

TMC September 2015

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

A Genealogy Workshop

Saturday, 17 October 2015 -- 9 am to 12:30

Hatched, Matched and Dispatched

Vital Records (& SSDI)

Cemetery Research

Obituaries (& Newspapers)

Where: Eatontown Community Center, 72 Broad Street, Eatontown

Handicapped Accessible

Registration at 8:30 am. Join us for "coffee and . . ." during registration!

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New Irish Special Interest 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, September 12 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

African-American Special Interest Group

We meet at 1PM the second Saturday of each month at the Calvary Baptist Church at Bridge Avenue and River Street in Red Bank. 

The next meeting is Saturday, September 12 at 1:00PM. It will be a Show and Tell followed by a computer workshop.  For more information contact Charles Lawson at (732)530-1995 or .

German Special Interest Group

The next German Special Interest Group will meet Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the Colts Neck Library, 1 Winthrop Drive, Colts Neck from 10AM to 12PM

There will also be a dinner at the Black Forrest Inn in Stanhope some Sunday in September.  More information will follow when we have date.

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 Saturday, August 22, 2015 at the Colts Neck Library, 1 Winthrop Drive, Colts Neck from 10AM to 12PM

For more information, please contact  Carol Megill  or Lynn Wilson so that you can be added to the list and informed of any changes in meeting dates etc.

Scot-Irish Special Interest Group

The New Scots-Irish Special Interest Group will meet Saturday, October 24, 2015.

If you aren't already on the email list, please contact  Donna at for more information.

Memoirs Group

The topic of the September 9, 2015 meeting will be "Stories Behind Family Names".  Contact Carol York at for more information.

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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