Select Page
14 March 2022 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

GSBC Extra!
Case Studies in New Jersey Genealogy
Presentation by Melissa A. Johnson, CG
Monday, 14 March 2022 @ 2pm Eastern
Online and open to all! Registration required.

This talk will present several case studies covering different time periods and various types of problems. Each problem will be resolved using different approaches and a variety of sources.

Case studies will demonstrate how land records connect five generations of a family; how cemetery and probate records for collateral relatives connect an eighteenth-century NJ man to his family when published sources identify his contemporary as their son; how state census records connect a nineteenth-century New Jersey man to his parents when no other record names them; and how a twentieth-century widow can be connected to her three husbands through land records.


Melissa A. Johnson, CG, is a professional genealogist, writer and editor. She has expertise in researching families with origins in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and England, and works on forensic cases, dual citizenship matters, and lineage society applications. She is also proficient in using DNA test results to break through ancestral brick walls. Melissa serves on the board of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey and the International Society of British Genealogy and Family History. Her work has been published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, New York Genealogical & Biographical Record, NGS Magazine, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, and numerous other publications. Melissa is currently the Program Director for Boston University’s genealogy studies programs, and teaches at various genealogy institutes nationwide.

[Banner Image: 1855 New Jersey State Census Ledgers for New Barbadoes Township, Bergen County, New Jersey; New Jersey State Archives. (Image courtesy of Michelle D. Novak.)]