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An affordable – and local – genealogy conference – The Jersey Journal

tge_logo.JPGThe Genealogy Event’s website outlines the speakers and workshops being given during the two-day conference.

I’ve said before in this space, one of the best bangs for your buck in the genealogy world is to go to a workshop or conference. It’s a place to meet and pick the brains of other genealogists and you can learn quite a bit from some of the workshops and sessions that go on. You can also visit the exhibition halls, where vendors are eagerly displaying their wares, giving you a chance to try before you buy.

In the seven or eight years I’ve been doing my own genealogy, I haven’t seen any of the “big” conferences visit the New York metropolitan area. That’s a shame, because as one of the most populated areas in the country, you might expect that the most genealogists would live here. So if you were worried about having to travel a long distance, put up big bucks for a hotel room and food, don’t worry. The Genealogy Event is coming.

The Genealogy Event is a two-day affair that’s scheduled for Oct. 25 and 26 in New York City. It promises some interesting speakers on various genealogy topics – General genealogy and methodology; African-American, Irish, Italian and Jewish heritage, photo history, government records and New York family history research, among others.

And this is all quite affordable at the cost of $15 per day admission. That’s more affordable than the National Genealogical Society or Federation of Genealogical Societies conference registration fees which run from $175 to $245 (but in their defense, they are huge four day affairs that are well worth their price of admission).

The Genealogy Event is the brainchild of Bridget Bray, a self-prescribed genealogy enthusiast and organizer of the New York Irish / British Genealogy Group (via She also volunteers at the New York Irish Center.

“The Genealogy Event fills a void in the NYC marketplace where no genealogy event of its kind has taken place in seven years. Leveraging the growing interest in genealogy and given my own personal success, connecting and inspiring like-minded and interested individuals seemed a natural course and personal project I wished to undertake,” Bray said in an e-mail.

Inspiration. That’s another important factor that’s rarely talked about in genealogical education. Sometimes you just have to hear how other people work and how they break through their brick walls in order to get yourself to continue your own research when it’s gone a bit stale. Maybe you won’t find information about your ancestor at The Genealogy Event, but you might very well find the information that will help you find the information you need.

If you go…
The Genealogy Event
When: Friday Oct. 26, noon to 7 p.m., Saturday Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion
18th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues, NYC
Tickets: Advance tickets are $15 per day, $20 at door
To purchase tickets and for more information, visit

I’d also like to mention that at the Hudson County Genealogical and Historical Society we’re about to kick off our fifth year with next week’s meeting. Our speaker will be Leonard Vernon, the author of “The Life and Times of Mayor Frank Hague,” who will talk about the famous (or maybe infamous) Jersey City mayor. The meeting will take place at the Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center, 1379 Paterson Plank Road from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Danny Klein is a librarian at the Jersey City Free Public Library’s New Jersey Room and a past president of the Hudson County Genealogical and Historical Society. He can be reached at or on Twitter at @HudsonGenealogy.

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