"The Genealogical Society of Salem County will host a program, “The Families of Upper Pittsgrove, Elmer, and Pittsgrove,” presented by Bonny Beth Elwell on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Friends Village Auditorium.
After the presentation, the speaker will have copies for sale of her newly-released local history book, Upper Pittsgrove, Elmer, and Pittsgrove, and an opportunity for book signing.
The presentation will include an overview of some of the original families of the region, based on the speaker’s research for her book. Upper Pittsgrove, Elmer, and Pittsgrove surveys the history of this region of Salem County, which has a rich three-century heritage dating back to the late 1600s.
Here, descendants of the original British, Dutch, French, and German colonists still live in the small villages and surrounding farmland that their ancestors cultivated.
Elwell is descended from some of the first settlers of Upper Pittsgrove, Elmer and Pittsgrove, and her family has lived in the region for more than 300 years. As her interest in genealogy grew, she became fascinated with the history of her homeland.
After writing a family history narrative, she became very involved with local history. She has served as president of the Genealogical Society of Salem County for three years, as well as writing the “Ancestors’ Attic” column of genealogical/historical articles in the Elmer Times. She was recently appointed as Upper Pittsgrove historian, and she is excited to do all she can to preserve the history of the region.
For more information about this free event, contact Elwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-670-0407"
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