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Genealogy Records and Ancestry.com

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 6:30pm
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March Genealogy Workshop Series

Genealogist Eric Migdal returns with Part 3 in our three-part genealogy series.

In this presentation, Eric will explore records research and online tools, such as Ancestry.com, including the free version of Ancestry.com available to library users.

Please register for this free program on Eventbrite at https://genealogy-records.eventbrite.com


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Genealogy: Understanding DNA Matches

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 6:30pm
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March Genealogy Workshop Series

Genealogist Eric Migdal returns with Part 2 in our three-part genealogy series.

In this presentation, Eric will help us with understanding DNA matches found in ancestry testing and will talk about centomorgans and segments, deciphering possible relationships,  and contacting and correspondence with DNA matches.

Please register for this free program on Eventbrite at https://dna-matches.eventbrite.com


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Genealogy: Building Family Trees

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 6:30pm
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March Genealogy Workshop Series

In this one hour presentation, genealogist Eric Migdal will teach us about building and understanding family trees, including the differences of pedigree and family group trees, gathering accurate information, understanding and analyzing relationships.

Eric has over 25 years of experience in this field, including coaching clients in safely and effectively contacting family members, understanding their DNA match results and analyzing their ethnic backgrounds.

Please register for this free program on Eventbrite at https://building-family-trees.eventbrite.com

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ONLINE: The Salem Witch Trials

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 6:30pm
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The Salem Witch Trials
Presented by Historian and Archivist Mickey DiCamillo

Register on Eventbrite at https://salem-witch-trials.eventbrite.com

When There Were Witches
In January of 1692, a strange illness seized control of five young girls. When medical professionals couldn’t identify the illness, the girls were believed to be possessed. But, did the girls bring this trouble upon themselves or were people in the community casting black magic across the town? Clergy, politicians, and other community members all attempted to answer this question, and their answers sent the region into hysteria.
 
The Salem Witch Trials are one of the most iconic events in United States history and remain relevant more than 300 years after the final accused witch hanged on Gallows Hill. However, the events surrounding the trials and the motivations of the participants remain habitually misunderstood. Archivist and historian Mickey DiCamillo unravels the events of 1692 with help from archival documents from the period. Guests also will have the opportunity to interact with transcripts from the early interrogations of people accused of witchcraft and see firsthand the difference between presumed innocent and presumed guilty.  (60-minute virtual presentation followed by 15-minute question and answer period.)

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ONLINE: "Creating" Christmas

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 6:30pm
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Creating Christmas: How a Centuries Old European Celebration Became Something Uniquely American.

By the mid-1600’s, the centuries old European celebration of Christmas was such a drunken, bawdy, public affair that the early Puritans arriving in America put an immediate ban on any Christmas celebrations in their Godly communities.  New York newspapers in the early 1800’s illustrate that Christmas was far from a silent night and instead was a night of crime and terror.

How then did the Christmas holiday become such a treasured tradition of gift giving, Santa Claus, family feasts, and domestic bliss?

Join historian and archivist Mickey DiCamillo as he explains how the holiday was tamed, domesticated, and transformed into something uniquely American.

Mickey DiCamillo is an archivist and historian. He has worked for The University of Pennsylvania, The Pennsylvania Historical Society, and currently works at the Hagley Museum and Library, a Smithsonian affiliated research library in Wilmington, Delaware. He has written for the Journal of Film and History, The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, and has given numerous lectures on United States and New Jersey History. He lives in Moorestown, New Jersey where he is president of the community’s historical society

This event is free and will be presented online via Zoom.  Please register to receive the Zoom link at creating-christmas.eventbrite.com. See you there!

 

 

 

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What Is Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) and What are My Options?

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 6:30pm
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medicare enrollment periodWhat Is Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) and What are My Options? 

Everything You Need to Know About Medicare AEP and More! 

Presented by Tara Claghorn-Nicastro

Please register on Eventbrite for this free event, which will be presented online.

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