March 10, 2013, 1:00 PM
Curious about your family’s roots? Researched as far as you can on Ancestry.com? Come to Durand-Hedden to learn about how DNA testing helps determine genetic relationships between people and connections to our ancestors. Longtime genealogist Steve Perkins will demystify Y-DNA, mtDNA and Geno.2 0. He also has answers to the “eternal” question of whether Maplewood’s Ball family was kin to George Washington’s.
From 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. visitors will also be able to view, After the Hickories: Roosevelt Park, a major research exhibit on the history of the Roosevelt Park section of Maplewood, for the last time and the Country Store will be open, with its unique selection of souvenirs and books.
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Slavery in New Jersey: A Troubled History is an illustrated 40-page book that traces the evolution of slavery in New Jersey, which began with Dutch settlement in the seventeenth century and continued through the end of the Civil War.