Presentations from Tweed River Associates

The Speaker

Fred Voss

Fred Voss is a professional genealogist, researcher, and educator. He has been doing personal genealogy for over 20 years and is a Trustee and Education Chair for the Genealogical Society of Bergen County. His areas of interest are Germany, Switzerland, and New Hampshire, with special interest in DNA, Immigration, and Naturalization.

Mr. Voss is a certificate holder of the Boston University Genealogical Research Certification program (OL13). He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the International Society of Genetic Genealogists as well as various regional societies.

He volunteers as a tour guide at Ellis Island, leading both historical and photographic tours of the abandoned hospitals on the south side of the island (SaveEllisIsland.org).

Mr. Voss is a popular and sought after speaker in the tri-state area. His lectures have been featured at the New York Public Library, the Genealogical Society of Bergen County, the Monmouth Genealogical Society, the Passaic County Genealogical Club, the German Genealogical Society, and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Long Island. He teaches Introductory Genealogy and DNA and Genealogy at Bergen County Community College in Paramus, New Jersey.

He graduated from Boston College with a BA in Mathematics. He has spent his career working for and with software startup companies such as Netscape Communications, Sun Microsystems, and Oracle. Since 1990, he has specialized in Internet Identity and Security.

Fred Voss can be contacted at "gfred at tweedriver dot com".

Speaking Schedule

  • * 13 Feb 2020, 7 pm - Spreadsheets and Genealogy, Ridgewood Public Library, Ridgewood, NJ
  • 10 Mar 2020, 11 am - Stories From Ellis Island, Ramsey Leisure Club, Ramsey, NJ
  • 14 Mar 2020, 10 am - Organizing Your DNA Matches, Passaic County Genealogical Club, Clifton Library, Clifton, NJ
  • * 18 Mar 2020, 12:30 pm - Family History 101: Part 1, ILR, Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ
  • * 25 Mar 2020, 12:30 pm - Family History 101: Part 2, ILR, Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ
  • * 1 Apr 2020, 12:30 pm - Family History 101: Part 3, ILR, Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ
  • * 8 Apr 2020, 12:30 pm - Family History 101: Part 4, ILR, Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ
  • * 15 Apr 2020, 12:30 pm - Family History 101: Part 5, ILR, Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ
  • 26 Apr 2020, 2 pm - More Stories From Ellis Island, Floral Park Historical Society, Floral Park, NY
  • 2 May 2020, 2 pm - Stories From Ellis Island, Long Branch Public Library, Long Branch, NJ
  • 12 May 2020, 7 pm - Organizing Your DNA Matches, Central Jersey Genealogical Society, Hamilton, NJ
  • * 14 May 2020, 11 am - More Stories From Ellis Island, Thursday Morning Club, 25 Cook Ave, Madison, NJ
  • 21 May 2020, 7 pm - Stories From Ellis Island, JGS of NJ, Wayne YMCA, Wayne, NJ
  • Note: items with an "*" require pre-registration and/or a fee.

The Presentations

Introduction to Genealogy

Sample tree Many people are interested in their family's past. As more historical records are made available on the Internet, interest in genealogy keeps growing.

But how do you get started? Mr. Voss is the Education Chair for the Genealogical Society of Bergen County and will talk about the many reasons people want to learn more about their family, as well as how to begin researching and documenting that information. Both online and offline search methods will be covered.

This lecture is delivered as a 45-55 minute presentation with Q&A afterwards.

Stories From Ellis Island

Stories of Ellis Island Ellis Island opened on January 1, 1892 as the nation's first federal immigration entry point. During the next 32 years, it was by far the busiest US inspection station, processing 12.5 million people, each hoping for a chance at a new life. It is estimated that 40% of all Americans can trace their roots back to immigrants who came through Ellis Island.

Did you have relatives who came through Ellis Island? Did the inspectors detain them? Were they treated at the island's hospitals? Did your family names get changed by the inspectors?! Fred Voss is a professional genealogist and a volunteer tour guide at Ellis Island National Park. He will give an illustrated talk about the past, present, and future of this iconic landmark as well as sharing some of his favorite immigration stories.

Mr. Voss will provide an overview of the workings of the Island—how immigrants arrived, how they were processed through the different parts of the Island, and what might mean a long stay on the Island or a return-ticket home. He will also dive into those squiggles on the manifest and how to decipher them.

This lecture can be delivered as either a 45-55 minute or 75 minute presentation with Q&A afterwards.

More Stories From Ellis Island: Those Who Were Held

More Stories of Ellis Island From 1892 to 1954, more than 12.5 million immigrants were processed through Ellis Island. Coming from all corners of the world, these souls—whom nearly 40% of Americans can call "family"—left behind possessions and family to reinvent themselves in America. Most were processed through Ellis Island without incident. But some immigrants found themselves detained due to mental or physical illness, because their paperwork was not in order, or because those who were due to receive them did not show. What kind of stories could they tell?

Mr. Voss is a professional genealogist and a volunteer tour guide at Ellis Island National Park. His talk will explore the personal, sometimes heartbreaking, stories of those who came through the facility, those whose visit to the US ended there, and those whose stay on the island was unexpectedly lengthy.

This lecture is delivered as a 45-55 minute presentation with Q&A afterwards.

World War I in Small Town, NJ: Camp Merritt

Camp Merritt Memorial

At the intersection of Knickerbocker Road and Madison Avenue in Cresskill, NJ is a traffic circle. In that traffic circle is the 65 foot Washington Monument-like obelisk called the Camp Merritt Memorial. The memorial takes us back in time to Bergen County during World War I.

As 1917 began, Bergen County, New Jersey was a quiet, sparsely settled area northwest of New York City that was mainly farms, orchards and deep woods. Most towns had less than 1,000 residents. But as the United States entered World War I, it was necessary for the US Army to build an embarkation camp for 45,000 soldiers in the midst of this quiet region. In just over 2 years, over one million soldiers either going to or returning from Europe passed through this camp.

Mr. Voss will talk about the history of the camp and how it affected the local population, as well as how signs of the camp which was closed in 1918 can still be seen today.

The lecture is delivered as a 45-55 minute presentation with Q&A afterwards.

Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor

Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor

How do you find those ancestors who immigrated from the Old Country? Shipping manifests can contain valuable information about that ancestor and where they came from. And if we are unsure when they came to America, the naturalization papers and petitions can often fill that gap. Find out more about finding and interpreting these interesting records.

Mr. Voss is a professional genealogist, educator and a volunteer tour guide at Ellis Island National Park. His talk will explore where shipping manifest records and deportation hearing documents, as well as naturalization records can be found and what information is stored on these pages.

This lecture is delivered as a 45-55 minute presentation with Q&A afterwards.

Can You Count on the Census?

Census Taker Every ten years since 1790, the United States has done a national census. These records provide some of the best and most interesting information about ancestors. Find out what information is available as well as tricks for finding "missing" relatives.

Mr. Voss is a professional genealogist, educator and a volunteer tour guide at Ellis Island National Park. His talk will explore where these records can be found, what information is stored on these pages, and strategies on how to get the most out of these records.

This lecture is delivered as a 45-55 minute presentation with Q&A afterwards.

The Names in the Stone: What You Can Learn From a One Place Study

One Place Study

COMING SOON

What is a one place study and why would you want to conduct one? Mr. Voss is currently working on such a project, centered on the names on a local war memorial. How did he get started? How did he keep the project organized and on track? What has he learned by doing this research and how has it helped his general genealogy skills.

Autosomal DNA: Put Some Genes in Your Genealogy

DNA

DNA testing for genealogy research is exploding in popularity. It is another resource (like death certificates and census records) that more and more genealogists are using to extend their family lines.

Mr. Voss will explain autosomal DNA testing, focusing on what you can and can not expect it to do for your family research. What can you do while waiting for your results? What do those results mean? And what should you be doing next to try and trace that as-yet undiscovered relative?

The lecture is delivered as a 45-55 minute presentation with Q&A afterwards.

Using Gedmatch.com Tools: Part 1

atTools

Gedmatch.com provides tools for finding more genetic matches and deeper analysis of your DNA. This lecture assumes you have reviewed your DNA results and have used the tools on your original DNA testing website. Part 1 gets you started by creating your own account, uploading your raw DNA and confirming that the upload was successful. Mr. Voss then points out some of his favorite tools and how to get the most out of them. Managing multiple DNA kits on the Gedmatch website will also be discussed.

The lecture is delivered as a 45-55 minute presentation with Q&A afterwards.

Using Gedmatch.com Tools: Part 2

atTools

Gedmatch.com provides tools for finding more genetic matches and deeper analysis of your DNA. This lecture assumes you have reviewed your DNA results and have used the tools on your original DNA testing website. In Part 1 you got started and explored some of the most commonly used tools. In Part 2, Mr. Voss will go into depth on using Gedmatch's chromosome browsers and triangulation tools.

The lecture is delivered as a 45-55 minute presentation with Q&A afterwards.

Organizing Your DNA Matches

atTools

So you log on to your DNA test site and it says you have 1139 matches. OK, what are you going to do next? Mr. Voss will talk about organizing your DNA along family lines by color clustering using the popular Leeds Method. Simple examples take you step by step through this organizing approach.

The lecture is delivered as a 45-55 minute presentation with Q&A afterwards.