NJ Room's Version of the NBC Hit, “WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?”

NJ Room’s Version of the NBC TV Hit, “Who Do You Think You Are?”

a BIG Hit with 30 Intensely Interested Attendees

On May 22, 2012 the NJ Room offered a workshop entitled, “Who Do You Think You Are?”  building upon the wildly successful NBC television show which was partially filmed here in November 2010 for the Rosie O’Donnell segment that aired in February 2011, and for which the department is currently working with the BBC on an English celebrity – still a mystery to us since the ancestors lived here over 100 years ago.

Danny Klein, a brand new professional Librarian who just received his degree from Rutgers University on May 13, began with an overlook of the task of beginning one’s genealogical search – something that can be overwhelming to newcomers, leaving them frozen and unable to start. Many people put off the task – sometimes too long – and key relatives are no longer around to fill in information.  He began with the basics to this audience of 30 and emphasized an extremely important point which the majority of budding genealogists do not consider, and that is, citing sources.  As with any research – historic, scientific, anything – it is necessary to record the source of information. Invariably, at some point, someone will counter the veracity of a piece of information and citations make it possible to get an indisputable answer to a question. Danny, a former president of the Hudson County Genealogical & Historical Society and current Board member, has been working on his own genealogy for years and writes a regular popular column in the Jersey Journal on many different approaches to handling genealogical mysteries.

Cynthia Harris offered an extensive look as the resources available specifically in the NJ Room from yearbooks dating back to 1909 (the public schools issued their first yearbook in 1911 while St. Dominic Academy began theirs in 1908). The department has many databases which help patrons learn when marriages took place, dating back to the 19th Century; where and when babies were born, beginning in the 1920s; the highly popular obituary index; when and where ancestors went to school (which often includes photos and addresses), dating to the early 1870s; and so much more.

A trip to the NJ Room, located on the Third Floor of the Main Library, is well-worth the effort for anyone who has roots anywhere in Hudson County. The NJ Room Staff welcome them and will do all that we can to make their trip here both pleasurable and enlightening.

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