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Sunday, July 12, 2015

 MCGS General Meeting at 1:30PM

Rogues, Rascals and Rapscallions: The Family Black Sheep

Judy Russell, aka "the Legal Genealogist," one of the most enthusiastically received guests to visit MCGS, will be our featured speaker again at the Sunday, July 12, 2015 general meeting at 1:30 p.m. at the Community Center, 72 Broad St., Eatontown. The topic of her talk will be "Rogues, Rascals, and Rapscallions: The Family Black Sheep."

"Playing detective in court records can unmask those black sheep every family has - and it’s fun!" Judy’s website, The Legal Genealogist, tells us. We will "learn to understand the criminal process in both federal and state courts and how to find the records to put meat on the bones of the skeletons in your family’s closet."

Judy is a genealogist with a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark and a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a political science minor, from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She has worked as a newspaper reporter, legal investigator, defense attorney, federal prosecutor, and law editor, and has been an adjunct member of the faculty at Rutgers Law School for more than 20 years.

She is also known as a Genealogy Rock Star, thanks to an international poll conducted each September by (this is another new term) genea-blogger, John D. Reid. She was named both "International Rockstar Genealogist" and "USA Rockstar Genealogist" in the most recent poll.

Thanks to an accident of geography - she lives in neighboring Middlesex County - we in Monmouth County are fortunate to hear her presentations without having to attend a major genealogy venue, which is the fate of genealogists in distant parts of the country.

Her blog keeps us informed on a whole spectrum of topics, both common and arcane. Among the recent Top Posts are "Cemetery photos: permission required?;" "News from the SSDI front;" "A DNA test not to bother with;" "Copyright & the newspaper article;" "Copyright and the old family photo;" and "The natural son."

July 2015 TMC

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

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, July 25 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, July 11 at 1:00PM.  Casey Zahn will give a presentation on "How to Find African American Genealogy Secrets" and "What to do With Slave Schedules".

Casey Zahn, a Norwich, CT native, is a former Trustee of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey.  She has written two teacher guides for the National Genealogical Society and had 2 articles published in Heritage Quest magazine about teaching genealogy to children.

Come find out that it's not as hard as it looks.  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.

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

German Special Interest Group

The next German Special Interest Group will meet Saturday, July 11, 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.

Monmouth Roots Group

The next Monmouth Roots Group will meet Saturday, June 13, 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, July 18, 2015 at Donna Diamant's House.

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


Memoirs Group

The topic of the July 8, 2015 meeting will be "Magazines".  Contact Carol York at for more information.

The topic of the August 12, 2015 meeting will be "Brickwalls".  Contact Barbara Nick 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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