PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Drake House Museum in Plainfield has announced a "Genealogy for Beginners" workshop that will take place on Sunday, Sept. 10.

This program is possible, in part, thanks to a 2017 HEART Grant from the Union County Freeholders. The HEART (History, Education, Arts, Reaching Thousands) Grant Program was established in 1998 in recognition of the importance of culture and the arts to our economy and quality of life. 

In the genealogy workshop, which is open to residents of Scotch Plains and Fanwood, Debra Schiff, Archivist of the Historical Society of Plainfield and Local History Librarian at the Chester Library, will provide attendees with a solid working knowledge of basic genealogic research. The presentation will provide a good foundation for distinguishing good from poor resources, and a framework of locations where attendees can find materials to help research their ancestors.

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Schiff has a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Rutgers and a Bachelor of Arts, Communications from William Paterson University.  She has been the archivist for the Historical Society of Plainfield since 2014 and has been working on the Drake House Archives Inventory Project. Schiff has also done archival projects for the Plainfield Public Library Local History Department.

The "Genealogy for Beginners" workshop will take place on Sunday, Sept. 10th at 2:00 pm at The Drake House Museum, located at 602 West Front Street.