March 9, 2007

CONTACT: Tom Plante, 908-527-4746
Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419


Learn Skills to Trace Your Family History, March 21

CRANFORD, NJ – If you’re interested in learning about your ancestors and finding out when and where they came from, you’ll want to attend “Tracing Family History,” a beginner’s genealogy workshop. It takes place at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue in Cranford. The session, dealing with the Cardinal Rules and Ridiculous Myths of Genealogy, takes place on Wednesday, March 21st from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The workshop will be of interest to keepers of family history, family reunion committees, historians for houses of worship and church records, and records keepers for fraternal organizations and social groups.

The workshop is presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs in the Union County Department of Economic Development. It is one in a series of events to commemorate Union County’s 150th Anniversary.

“This workshop will provide a variety of effective methods of conducting genealogical research and organizing facts,” said Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board. “Workshop attendees will learn what historical resources are of most use to the researcher.”

Chad Leinaweaver, the leader of the workshop, is Senior Librarian for the Special Collections Division of the Newark Public Library. He previously served as Director of Library and Museums Collections of the New Jersey Historical Society in Newark, and as Director of Library User Access Services of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). Mr. Leinaweaver received his M.S. in library science from Simmons College in Boston and his M.A. in history from Northeastern.

A registration fee of $10.00 covers materials and refreshments.
To register, request a brochure, or learn more about the programs
and services of the Office, contact the Union County Office of
Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202.
Telephone: 908-558-2550. NJ Relay users dial 711.
Or e-mail: