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Great group!

A great crowd, great facility and great questions — the perfect recipe for a wonderful evening with genealogical friends.

I was warmly welcomed last night by the Genealogical Society of Bergen County, New Jersey, in a gorgeous room at the Ridgewood Public Library and we all had a great time poking around in the nooks and crannies of courthouses from around the country to see what goodies can be found if only we’ll go and look.

The best part of any speaking engagement is getting to chat with the audience, and last night’s was really special. I particularly enjoyed hearing one listener explain why it’s so important to include a flashlight in your on-site research kit: she was allowed down into a courthouse basement to poke through old records there, but the clerks forgot she was there — and at the end of their workday turned out the lights and locked the door!

I’ll be looking forward to my next opportunity to share an evening with this group.

Thank you, Bergen County!!

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