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Researching Ancestors At The Onderdonk House

This Saturday, Nov. 1, the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society (GRHS) will host Anthony Laurino who will discuss “Researching Your Ancestors Occupations-Late 19th Century to the 1940s” at 1:30 p.m. at the Onderdonk House, located at 1820 Flushing Ave. in Ridgewood.

If you have attended Laurino’s previous lectures, you can be sure that this newest topic will be just as informative and interesting. So if you are curious about whether your greatgrandfather/ mother was a butcher, banker or baker, plan on attending this fascinating lecture.

Laurino is a graduate of the University of Florida and St. Francis College, Brooklyn, and has been lecturing since 2007 to bring his life-long love of history and genealogy research to the public.

The $10 per person donation for this lecture also includes entrance to the Onderdonk House grounds and current exhibits.

Since the early 1990s, the GRHS has been active in genealogy research. It maintains a genealogy resource room that concentrates on the immigrant populations that came to the greater Ridgewood area.

Administered by George Miller, the GRHS historian, the resource room has city directories, Census indexes, selected church records and over 200,000 vital card records on individuals. With the addition of Wi-Fi at the Onderdonk House, web research is also possible.

Miller answers genealogy questions that are submitted via the GRHS’ website, www.onderdonkhouse.org, and by mail and phone.

After the lecture, visitors can get a behind the scenes peek at the GRHS genealogy resource room. You can also learn about our most recent partnership to provide an online searchable index to our vital card records.

The Onderdonk House is open to the public on Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. or by reservation. For information on this and the other programs conducted by the GRHS, call 1-718-456-1776 or visit the website, www.onderdonkhouse.org.

The Onderdonk House can be reached by public transportation. The Q54 bus passes two blocks away on Metropolitan Avenue and the B57 bus passes the house on Flushing Avenue. By subway, take the L train to Jefferson Street, then walk five blocks north on Flushing Avenue.

On street parking is available, plentiful and free.

This event is funded in part through public service grants from the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of New York, and supported by City Council Members Antonio Reynoso and Elizabeth Crowley and GRHS members.

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