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Local History & Genealogy Recorded Webinars

These webinars are recordings of live Zoom programs. All of them are available via the Local History & Genealogy Playlist on the Library's YouTube channel. Not all webinars are recorded. The live Q&A for the webinars is not recorded.

Program Date Program Title & Speaker
June 1, 2024 Introduction to African American Genealogy / Presented by Janice Cross Gilyard
December 9, 2023 Ten Things You Didn't Know Happened in Plainfield / Presented by Nancy Piwowar (handout)
November 4, 2023 Archaeology and the Delaware Nations: A 12,000 Year Odyssey / Presented by Richard Veit, Ph.D.
October 7, 2023 Burial Rites and Wrongs: Preventing the Creation of the Undead / Presented by L’Aura Hladik Hoffman
September 30, 2023 Getting Started with Cuban Genealogy / Presented by Elizabeth Murray Vargas
(this recording is no longer available)
August 21, 2023 Using Archival Finding Aids for History & Genealogy Research / Presented by Sally Weiner Handout
July 15, 2023 Create Your First Family History Profile at Plainfield Public Library / Presented by Jane Thoner Handout
June 3, 2023 The Queer Housewives (and Husbands) of New Jersey / Presented by Dr. Alison Lefkovitz (available until July 5, 2023) Handout
May 20, 2023 Orphan Trains and the Children Who Rode Them / Presented by Karen A. Fortin (available until June 23, 2023.) Handout
November 17, 2022 Plainfield City Directories from A to Z / Presented by Jane Thoner
November 5, 2022 Questioning the Questions of the U.S. Census / Presented by Karen Gaffney
This program was supported by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH), a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of the NEH’s “A More Perfect Union” initiative. For more information about NJCH, visit:
October 27, 2022 Caring for Your Organization's Archives / Presented by Sally Weiner
October 13, 2022 A Photographic Journey Through Union County History / Presented by Nancy Ori
October 8, 2022 Genealogy Masterclass: Discovering Your Hispanic Heritage / Presented by Irisneri Alicea Flores
August 6, 2022 So, You Want to Join the DAR? Daughters of the American Revolution: Lineage Society / Presented by Mary Ellen Rogan
July 9, 2022 Hamilton’s Army in Plainfield: The Union Camp of 1799-1800 / with historian Ryan Radice
July 7, 2022 Funeral Homes & Cemeteries Serving Plainfield / with Plainfield Library genealogy librarian Jane Thoner
June 11, 2022 Introduction to Afro-Caribbean Genealogy Resources / with genealogist Sharon Wilkins. This is an AUDIO only recording.
May 26, 2022 Caring for Your Family Treasures / with Plainfield Library archivist Sally Weiner
May 14, 2022 The Blue Hills Encampment & Vermeule Fort / with historian John Daniel and special guests, Rich Palmatier and Nancy Piwowar.
May 7, 2022 Sons & Daughters of the U.S. Middle Passage: Hereditary Society / with genealogist Dr. Evelyn A. McDowell
March 5, 2022 Proprietary and Colonial New Jersey Genealogy Research / with genealogist Melissa Johnson
February 26, 2022 Plainfield's Black History: The Black Experience, Plainfield NJ. with historians Martin and Tristian Cox
February 5, 2022 Finding Native Americans in African-American Families with genealogist Angela Walton-Raji
December 11, 2021 Unhappy Catastrophes, The American Revolution in Central New Jersey, 1776-1782 with author Robert Dunkerly
November 13, 2021 Afro-Dutch Cultural Legacy in NY and NJ with Teresa Vega, cultural anthropologist and genealogist
November 6, 2021 "Tips for Interviewing Relatives" with Stephanie Call (AmericanAncestors / NEHGS)

A recording is available on site for Plainfield Public Library card holders. Please contact us for more information.

October 2, 2021 Getting Started with Puerto Rican Genealogy: An introduction to researching Puerto Rican records and resources with genealogist Luis Ariel Rivera
August 14, 2021 The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture from Ten American Colleges & Universities with author Mathew Duman
August 7, 2021 The Genealogical Collections of the Elizabeth Public Library
with Aimee Fernandez-Puente (EPL)
June 11, 2021 The Home Archivist: Preserving Born Digital Photos with Sally Weiner (PPL)
May 26, 2021 Discover Death Dates in the Plainfield Area (Handouts) with Jane Thoner (PPL)
May 1, 2021 Genealogy Resources at the Jersey City Public Library with Danny Klein (JCPL)
April 16, 2021 The Home Archivist: Digitizing Your Photo Collection with Sally Weiner (PPL)
April 8, 2021 Exploring Your Roots: African American Genealogy at the Library of Congress with Ahmed Johnson (LOC)
March 31, 2021 Success Searching Plainfield's Historical Newspapers with Jane Thoner (PPL)
March 19, 2021 Hidden Collections: Plainfield Black History Resources at Plainfield Public Library with Sarah Hull (PPL)
March 6, 2021 NJ Genealogy Resources at Newark Public Library with Tom Ankner (NPL)
February 20, 2021 Photo Journalism: Black Lives Matter, "A Fight for Change" with Kalani Jimenez-Mackson
February 18, 2021 The Home Archivist: Caring for Your Photo Collection with Sally Weiner (PPL)
February 4, 2021 The Library of Congress: Pursuing Your Family History in the National Library
with Ahmed Johnson (LOC)
January 28, 2021 First Steps in Family History (Handouts) with Jane Thoner (PPL)
January 21, 2021 Researching the History of Your Plainfield Home with Sarah Hull (PPL)
January 9, 2021 The Electoral College System of Electing a U.S. President with Larry Bashe
November 21, 2020

Remembering Plainfield’s Soldiers During WWI and the Influenza Epidemic with Nancy A. Piwowar

September 26, 2020

Hidden History Stories of Early Local African Americans with Nancy A. Piwowar

September 2020 Historical Census Display Short Virtual Tour at Plainfield Public Library



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