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Local History, Genealogy & Special Collections Programs
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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.

Library Genealogy Club:

Getting Started with Puerto Rican Genealogy
Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 10:30am via Zoom
Presented by genealogist, Luis Ariel Rivera

Register Here

Throughout this presentation you will learn how to use your personal family stories in conjunction with both records from the United States and Puerto Rico to begin building your family tree. The presenter will use personal stories, photos, and family documents to walk you through this process and teach you tips and tricks to unlocking your Puerto Rican genealogy.

Luis Ariel Rivera began researching his Puerto Rican roots in 2004 and his research revolves around various towns in Puerto Rico, the French territorial islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique, and Spain (mainly Andalucía and Mallorca). He is a member of the SPG (Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Genealogía), the NGS (National Genealogical Society), and completed Boston University’s 15-week Genealogical Research Certificate Program. He is currently studying with ProGen Study Groups and hopes to become a Certified Genealogist in the near future. You can follow his research at: https://boricuagenes.com/.

There will be time for Q&A following the presentation.

Co-hosted with the Historical Society of Plainfield / Drake House Museum

Saturday Morning History Chat:

Ghosthunting in NJ and NYC – Updated!
Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 10:30am via Zoom
Presented by L’Aura Hladik Hoffman, Founder & Director of the NJ Ghost Hunters Society

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Based on the investigative stories in both books as part of America's Haunted Road Trip series, L'Aura has updates on some of the favorite sites contained in both books. "Ghosthunting New Jersey" released in 2008 and "Ghosthunting New York City" released in 2010. Hear what experiences have been had at these famously haunted locales since the books' publishing. Of course, the history is detailed, but this presentation gives the audience news and stories not contained in the books.

There will be time for Q&A following the presentation.

Co-hosted with the Historical Society of Plainfield / Drake House Museum

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.

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 Register Here
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.

Register Here

This program will not be recorded.

November 6
10:30am

Plainfield Library Genealogy Club Presents: "Tips for Interviewing Relatives" with Stephanie Call (NEHGS)

This program will not be recorded.

Register Here

November 13
10:30am
Saturday Morning History Chat: "Afro-Dutch Cultural Legacy in NY and NJ" presented by Teresa Vega, cultural anthropologist and genealogist Register Here
December 4
10:30am

Plainfield Library Genealogy Club Presents: "Adoption and Biological Family Search Resources" with Eric Migdal

This program will not be recorded.

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 Register Here

 

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