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American Archives Month is held each October to celebrate the resources offered by archives throughout the country and is an opportunity for us to spotlight the resources and features
available to users of the Plainfield Public Library.

The Local History Department offers a variety of hands-on workshops that teach basic and advanced techniques in genealogical research as well as book repair and conservation. The cost of workshops vary. Advance registration is required for all courses.
Check back in the spring for the next series of workshops. All classes are taught in English.

The following workshops are offered by the Plainfield Public Library. Check the Library's Event Calendar for upcoming sessions. All workshops will be marked with a lavender box Local History Event in the Event Type field.

Local History Events
All programs are free. Space is limited. Advance registration is requested for seated programs.

Register in person; by phone at (908) 757-1111, ext. 136; or email us at localhistory[@]

DAR Genealogy Workshop
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to preserving American history. Members are women of any race, religion, or ethnic background who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution.

Are you interested in joining the DAR? Attend this workshop and received help with applications and genealogy research.

The workshop is sponsored by Francis Hopkinson – Monmouth Court House Chapter.
Registration requested.

Saturday, October 4, 2014
1 to 4 pm
Anne Louise Davis Gallery

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Dr. Linda Caldwell Epps, Guest Speaker
The Plainfield Public Library welcomes guest speaker Dr. Linda Caldwell Epps in honor of New Jersey’s 350th anniversary celebration (NJ350). Dr. Caldwell Epps will discuss her research on the First Presbyterian Church cemetery in Elizabeth. There are 316 graves in the cemetery that belong to African-Americans, some of whom were slaves to notable names in early New Jersey history, including Governor Livingston, Elias Boudinot, the Ogden Family, the Stockton Family, and the family of Aaron Burr.

Dr. Linda Caldwell Epps is a career educator and has served various educational institutions for over 40 years. She was the President and CEO of The New Jersey Historical Society, a state-wide museum, library, and educational facility established in 1845 to preserve artifacts and print materials along with documenting the social, political, and cultural history of the state of New Jersey.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
10 am to Noon

Anne Louise Davis Gallery
Virtual Genealogy Fair
Watch this series of live broadcasts from the United States National Archives during the Virtual Genealogy Fair 2014. Sessions run approximately one hour with time at the end of each lecture for audience questions.  Topics range from introductory genealogy lessons to more advanced research techniques. Watch on a large screen and participate each day from the Plainfield Public Library! Registration requested.

October 28-30, 2014
starts at 10 am daily
Room 5

Click here for flyer and session schedule


Free Special Consultations
By Appointment Only
Call (908) 757-1111, ext. 136 to schedule an appoinment.

Consult with an Archivist  - By appointment only
Meet with our Archivist and Head of Local History to learn how to care for your own archive of family treasures, photographs, and special documents or how to conduct research using the Library's Local History & Special Collections. These special sessions are limited to 30 minutes during the month of October, however, a librarian is always on staff to assist patrons with historical research.


30 minute sessions
Appointments Required


Consult with a Genealogist - By appointment only
Meet with our Genealogy Librarian to begin or continue research on your family tree.  Tackle research obstacles with the help of a professional.  Use Library resources including Plainfield city directories, New Jersey and Federal Census records, and  These special sessions are limited to 30 minutes during the month of October, however, a librarian is always on staff to assist patrons with genealogical research.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays
and Thursdays

30 minute sessions
Appointments Required

Consult with a Lineage Expert  - By appointment only
Learn how to document your lineage for acceptance in Lineage Societies such as DAR, SAR, Mayflower Society, Society of the War of 1812, Colonial Dames, Descendants of the Founders of New Jersey.  The consultation will help direct your search for your society ancestor as well as helping you in finding places to search for records and available resources.

No Fridays

30 minute sessions
Appointments Required

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