The “New Jersey History Speaks Series” returns

Hosted by the Historical Society of Moorestown, this event will be held on Wednesday, March 15.

The “New Jersey History Speaks Series” returns to the Historical Society of Moorestown on Wednesday, March 15.

Throughout United States’ history, being a landowner brought a stronger degree of wealth, prestige and independence. Whether a family sought acreage for a farm or a small lot for a home, Americans wanted a piece of land to call their own.

The property records created in these land transactions therefore tell a story of the dreams and aspirations of our ancestors and the hope and promise of our communities. These same records can also reveal the corrupt, bizarre and mysterious actions people have taken to seize land since land conveys power to those who own it.

Joseph Grabas is a master at mining New Jersey’s property records, and his book, “Owning New Jersey: Historic Tales of War, Property Disputes, and the Pursuit of Happiness,” illuminates how people of different backgrounds fought to claim their piece of the Garden State.

Join the Historical Society of Moorestown at the Moorestown Library on Wednesday, March 15th at 7 p.m. to witness Grabas share the inspiring as well as the bizarre and mysterious stories that have emerged from NJ’s property records. Additionally, he will discuss how property records can reveal a great deal about your own family history, and how you can use property records to better understand your family tree.

This event is free and open to the public thanks to a generous grant from the Elizabeth Tuttle Foundation. Seating is limited, so registration is requested. To register, click here or call the library at (856) 234–0333. Anyone not registered will receive seating based on available space.

For more information, contact Mickey DiCamillo at