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Join the Local History, Genealogy & Special Collections Department staff for our upcoming series of resource programs. Attend tracks on Plainfield History & Reference, Genealogy, and Archival Preservation. The programs will occur on Thursday mornings, but will be recorded for future viewing on the Library's YouTube channel. Attendees of the live programs will have the opportunity to ask questions. All programs are FREE and require registration. See 2021 program calendar below. Please sign up for the Library's e-newsletter to learn about all of our services and programs. View all of our previously recorded programs on the Library's Local History YouTube playlist.

Plainfield Library Genealogy Club:

Adoption and Biological Family Search Resources
Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 10:30am via Zoom
Presented by Eric Migdal

Register Here

As an adoptee with almost nothing to go on, Eric Migdal spent the better part of a 1/4 century looking for his family history with wrong information. The tools and techniques he acquired from the National Genealogical Society, experienced genealogists, and DNA testing led him to the correct family. He is passing along these resources and research methods in this program. There will be time for Q&A following the presentation. This program will not be recorded.

 

 

 

Saturday Morning History Chat:

Unhappy Catastrophes: The American Revolution in Central New Jersey, 1776-1782
Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 10:30am via Zoom
Presented by Robert M. Dunkerly, Author

Register Here

In Unhappy Catastrophes: The American Revolution in Central New Jersey, author Robert M. Dunkerly follows the course of the war through its various phases, and details lesser-known battles, military campsites, raids, espionage, and more. This part of New Jersey saw more action during the Revolution than anywhere else in the young nation. It has been called the Cockpit of the Revolution. To truly understand the war, look at central New Jersey. There will be time for Q&A following the presentation.

Robert M. Dunkerly is a historian, award-winning author, and speaker who is actively involved in historic preservation and research. He works as a park ranger at Richmond National Battlefield Park. His upcoming book, Unhappy Catastrophes: The American Revolution in Central New Jersey, 1776-1782, is scheduled for release in February 2022.


2021 Program Calendar - All Programs Are FREE
Programs are Co-hosted with the Plainfield Historical Society / Drake House Museum
Date Programs Learn More & Register
June 5
10:30am
The Discovery of a Masterpiece Not recorded
June 11
10:30am
The Home Archivist: Preserving Born Digital Photos Watch the Recording
June 12
10:30am
Saturday Morning History Chat: "Eliza Schuyler Hamilton” presented by Alisa Dupuy

This history program is supported, in part, by a 2021 History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands (HEART) Grant from the Union County Board of Commissioners.

Not recorded

July 10
10:30am

Saturday Morning History Chat: "In the Shadow of The Honeymooners: a personal story of comedy writer Walter Stone Jr." presented by Nancy Piwowar Not recorded
August 7
10:30am
The Genealogical Collections of the Elizabeth Public Library
presented by Aimee Fernandez-Puente (EPL)
Watch the Recording
August 14
10:30am
Saturday Morning History Chat: "The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture from Ten American Colleges & Universities” presented by Mathew Duman Watch the Recording
September 4
10:30am
Plainfield Library Genealogy Club Presents: "Deemed a Runaway: Black Laws of the North" presented by Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist. 

Not recorded
Handouts

September 18
10:30am
Saturday Morning History Chat: "A Proud Heritage: the African American Presence and Contribution in the Sourland Mountain Region and Surrounding Area" presented by authors Beverly Mills and Elaine Buck Not recorded
October 2
10:30am
Plainfield Library Genealogy Club Presents: "Getting Started with Puerto Rican Genealogy: An introduction to researching Puerto Rican records and resources" presented by Luis Ariel Rivera Watch the Recording
October 23
10:30am
Saturday Morning History Chat:Ghosthunting in NJ and NY – Updated” presented by L’Aura Hladik Hoffman, NJ Ghosthunters

This history program is supported, in part, by a 2021 History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands (HEART) Grant from the Union County Board of County Commissioners.

Not recorded
November 6
10:30am
Plainfield Library Genealogy Club Presents: "Tips for Interviewing Relatives" with Stephanie Call (AmericanAncestors / NEHGS)

A recording will be available soon for Plainfield Public Library card holders. Please contact us for more infomration.

Recording available on site
November 13
10:30am
Saturday Morning History Chat: "Afro-Dutch Cultural Legacy in NY and NJ" presented by Teresa Vega, cultural anthropologist and genealogist Watch the Recording
December 4
10:30am
Plainfield Library Genealogy Club Presents: "Adoption and Biological Family Search Resources" with Eric Migdal. This program will not be recorded. Learn More and Register Here
December 11
10:30am
Saturday Morning History Chat: "Unhappy Catastrophes, The American Revolution in Central New Jersey, 1776-1782" with author Robert Dunkerly Learn More and Register Here

 

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