Genealogy club to discuss using church archives

“The Use of Catholic Sacramental Records in Genealogy Research” is the topic of the January meeting of the Monmouth County Genealogy Society.

The Jan. 9 meeting will be a presentation by Kathleen S. Dodds, archival assistant at the Walsh Library at Seton Hall University, South Orange. Dodds will discuss how to begin compiling a family history by means of Catholic sacramental records such as baptisms and marriages. The discussion will include examples of different registers and will examine how the form of the book influenced the types of information recorded. The presentation will also include deciphering Latin entries and dealing with archaic handwriting, faded ink, and changing names. The meeting will be held at the Eatontown Community Center, 68 Broad St., Eatontown. There will be refreshments and genealogy networking at 1:30 p.m. The program will begin at 2 p.m. with a short business meeting followed by the speaker’s presentation. For details, call Larry Fermi, program chairman, (732) 345-7258.