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NJ Room Stars as Backdrop Again for the TV show, “Who Do You Think You Are?”

The British, and original, version of the popular genealogy show, Who Do You Think You Are? staged a video shoot at the Main Library’s New Jersey Room on Saturday, June 16, 2012, with an actress who just might be familiar with U.S. audiences: Samantha Womack.

Before you think, ‘Samantha who?’ think, EastEnders, a popular British drama shown on local PBS stations in the New York metropolitan area.

People come to the New Jersey Room, the special collection department at the Jersey City Free Public Library, when researching personal, and home, histories. Genealogy searches are done from phone calls throughout the world, as families who have settled here, have then moved on.

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The Provident Bank Donates 19th Century Map-Other Items-to NJ Room

Pieces of the historical puzzle that bind The Provident Bank and the City of Jersey City now have become part of the Jersey City Free Public Library, for their preservation and for all to see.

All items being donated to the New Jersey Room of the Jersey City Free Public Library are property of The Provident Bank and were accumulated in the course of its 173 years of banking.

“Provident and Jersey City share more than a connection with Dudley Gregory, Provident’s first acting president and Jersey City’s first mayor. The Provident Bank shares a rich history with the City of Jersey City: its businesses, its peoples, its successes and its challenges. We take pride in this shared history, and we are delighted that we can share our treasure trove of historical information with the residents of Jersey City through the Jersey City Public Library,” said Jean Quinn, vice president, public relations, The Provident Bank.

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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.

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