Need Research?

by Debbie on September 24, 2016

genealogyI’m an experienced genealogical researcher based in central New Jersey. My own ancestry includes: early New England settlers (1630’s); late 19th century and early 20th century Irish, Scottish, and Italian immigrants; pre-Revolutionary War German immigrants in Pennsylvania; Quakers; and early Dutch settlers in New York.

I’ve researched in repositories and archives from Washington, D.C. to New Hampshire, including at the National Archives, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the and the Allen County Genealogy Center.

My research experience includes early New England records, colonial through 19th century eastern Pennsylvania records, 19th and 20th century immigration, and New York and New Jersey ancestry. I specialize in family history research in New Jersey and the Northeast.

I’m currently a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, and several regional, state, and local historical and genealogical member organizations.

I am available for record retrievals at the NJ State Archives and other area repositories, and for family history research. For more information contact me at

Debbie Hadley

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Well, Isn’t That Just Peachy

by Debbie on July 2, 2015



Mrs. Andrew B. Marriner was my 3rd great grandmother. Thank you to the crack local news reporter for the Red Bank Register who filed this fine commentary on August 29, 1900.

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In Service to Soldiers

May 23, 2015

Several years ago, I discovered a remarkable woman named Charlotte Burr Field Dailey in my family tree. In 1842, Charlotte Burr FIELD married Albert DAILEY, a lumber merchant in Providence, RI, who was the brother of my 3rd great grandmother Julia Heston DAILEY. Family Tree Maker tells me that Charlotte is the “wife of my 3rd great grand uncle.” […]

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A Clampffer Family Fish Tale

May 12, 2015

I knew my Clampffer ancestors passed their love of fishing down from generation to generation, and that fishing was a tradition that goes back quite far in our family tree. In the 1780’s, my 4x great grandfather Adam Clampffer was a member of the Schuylkill Fishing Company, a social club of sorts that formed to […]

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The Last Will and Testament of Julia D. Booth

April 26, 2014

Several weeks ago, I attended a webinar on researching estate records, and learned quite a few useful tips for how to access wills and probate records online., a free website for genealogical researchers, hosts digital images of many New York City probate records, and that’s where I found the last will and testament of […]

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If You Like Workplace Safety Standards, Thank My Family

May 18, 2013

My family tree seems to make a pretty good case for the need for OSHA standards. In searching old newspapers for details of their lives, I’ve already stumbled on several family members who met rather horrific ends in the workplace. My third great-grandfather, Andrew Marriner, fell into a circular saw at a lumber mill, and […]

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Here Lies One Tough Dude

April 8, 2013

You can only find out so much about an ancestor by looking at census records and vital records. I followed the trail of census records to discover the identity of my fourth great grandfather, Andrew B. Marriner, and noted he identified himself as a 30-year-old “laborer” on the 1850 census. The family lived in Howell […]

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A Riches to Rags Story

August 22, 2012

I started researching my family history about 6 months ago, and it quickly became an obsession. Thankfully, several of my ancestors spent a good deal of time scratching their genealogical itches, as it were, and left me quite a paper trail to follow. I’ve quickly accumulated over 800 grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins on my […]

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For Uncle Bill

May 20, 2012

Just a few nights ago, I decided to launch this blog. I’d recently started researching my family history, and I wanted a way to share my genealogical finds with my family. I was especially interested in reaching out to my uncle Bill, my mom’s half-brother. Bill started his own search for our ancestors many years […]

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