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Genealogy Workshop to be Held at The Drake House Museum in Plainfield

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Once used as George Washington’s headquarters during the Revolutionary War, this former farmhouse was built in 1746. It was enlarged and restyled to Victorian tastes in 1864, and was recently restored with support from Preserve Union County. Credits: County of Union, NJ
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PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Drake House Museum in Plainfield has announced a "Genealogy for Beginners" workshop that will take place later this month, made possible, in part, thanks to a 2017 HEART Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen 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.  The Historical Society of Plainfield was one of four organizations in Plainfield to receive the 2017 grant.

MORE:  Plainfield Organizations Awarded Union County HEART Grants

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In the genealogy workshop, 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, a good foundation for distinguishing good from poor resources, and a framework of locations where attendees can find materials to help research their ancestors.

Schiff has a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Arts, Communications from William Paterson University.  She has been the Archivist for the Historical Society of Plainfield since 2014, and she has been working on the Drake House Archives Inventory Project.  

Funding for the Archives Inventory Project has been made possible in part by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, Department of Parks and Recreation and by a generous Plainfield donor.  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. 

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