Atlantic County, New Jersey Genealogy

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Atlantic County, New Jersey ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.

Atlantic County, New Jersey
Map of New Jersey highlighting Atlantic County
Location in the state of New Jersey
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Location of New Jersey in the U.S.
Founded  , 1837
County Seat Mays Landing
Address Atlantic County Courthouse
5901 Main Street
Mays Landing, NJ 08830-1800
Phone: (609) 625-4011 Atlantic County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Atlantic county is located in the southeast region of the state. It was created in 1837. The Mays Landing section of Hamilton Township is the county seat. Originally the county was named Egg Harbor but it was changed to Atlantic for the Atlantic Ocean.[1]

Atlantic County Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1901 1837 1901 1837 1837 1837 1830
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1840. General compliance by 1920.

History[edit | edit source]

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Parent County[edit | edit source]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

1902: part of Hammonton to Burlington County
1906: coastal boundry established
1938: boundary with Camden and Gloucester counties clarified.

For animated maps illustrating New Jersey county boundary changes, visit "Rotating Formation New Jersey County Boundary Maps" (1683-1928) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Atlantic County, New Jersey Genealogy Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
NJGenWeb Archives WorldCat Billion Graves
NJTombstone Project FamilySearch Places
Billion Graves
See New Jersey Cemeteries for more information.

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 8,726
1850 8,961 2.7%
1860 11,786 31.5%
1870 14,093 19.6%
1880 18,704 32.7%
1890 28,836 54.2%
1900 46,402 60.9%
1910 71,894 54.9%
1920 83,914 16.7%
1930 124,823 48.8%
1940 124,066 −0.6%
1950 132,399 6.7%
1960 160,880 21.5%
1970 175,043 8.8%
1980 194,119 10.9%
1990 224,327 15.6%
2000 252,552 12.6%
2010 274,549 8.7%
Source: "".

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about denominations, view the New Jersey Church Records wiki page.

Contains the church records of:
  • Absecon: First Presbyterian Church of Absecon
  • Brigantine: Brigantine Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Buena Vista: Richland Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Egg Harbor City: Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church; Zion Lutheran Church
  • Pleasantville: Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church

Finding Church Records at Other Repositories

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Atlantic County, New Jersey Genealogy Church Records in online catalogs like:

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for New Jersey counties. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section New Jersey Local Histories.

  • Balliett, L. Dow, Early History of Atlantic County, New Jersey: record of the first year's work of Atlantic County's Historical Society (Kutztown, Pennsylvania: Kutztown Pub.) FHL book 974.984 H2a

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See New Jersey Land and Property for information about New Jersey Proprietary land records. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Finding Land Records at Other Repositories

Additional land records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Atlantic County, New Jersey Genealogy Land and Property Records in online catalogs like:

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Atlantic County, New Jersey Genealogy newspapers may contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

To access newspapers, contact public libraries, Genealogical Society of New Jersey,  college or university libraries, the Library of Congress, Google News, or the The New Jersey Historical Society.

For more Ohio newspaper information see the Newspaper Guides on the wiki page New Jersey Newspapers.

Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts in Book Form

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Atlantic County, New Jersey Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Occupations[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Poorhouse, Almshouse[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[4]


Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate records created after 1852 are held by the Atlantic County, New Jersey Genealogy Probate Court. From 1797 or the creation of the county, probate records were held by the Court of Common Pleas. Most counties transferred all records to the Probate Court, but in some circumstances, Court of Common Pleas records should be searched for records prior to 1852. Most records are housed at the Atlantic County, New Jersey Genealogy Courthouse. Some records are on microfilm at the Ohio Genealogical Society and the Family History Library. For more complete information about the location of county probate records see:

See the wiki page New Jersey Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (1867-1908 only).

Probate records for Atlantic County began in 1837 with the creation of the county. The records are held by the Surrogate's Court. Records are housed at the courthouse in Mays Landing, the county seat. Some records are on microfilm the Family History Library. For more complete information about the location of county probate records see:

Obtaining Copies of County Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Copies of recorded probate records and the estate files can be obtained from the surrogate's offices for a fee. Addresses of surrogate's offices are found in:

  • Eichholz, Alice, Editor. Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources. Revised Edition. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, 1992. (Family History Library book 973 D27rb 1992.) Explains state-by-state history, vital records, census, background sources, periodicals, archives, libraries, societies, maps, land, probate, court, tax, cemetery, church, and military records. Includes county boundary map and table which shows when each county was created and the parent counties.

In addition, copies of the original wills, administrations, inventories, and guardianships sent to Trenton since 1901 can be ordered from:

Clerk of the Superior Court
Records Information Center
P.O. Box 967
Trenton, NJ 08625-0967
Phone: (609) 292-4978
Fax: (609) 777-0094

Online Probate Indexes and Records

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]
Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Atlantic County Courthouse
5901 Main Street
Mays Landing, NJ 08830-1800
Phone: (609) 625-4011

County Clerk has divorce records 1949, court, land and cemetery records from 1837, and County probate records. [5]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Atlantic City Free Public Library
1 N Tennessee Ave
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Phone: (609) 345-2269

Atlantic County Library System
40 Farragut Ave
Mays Landing, NJ 08330
Phone: (609) 625-2776
Fax: (609) 625-8143

Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]

Atlantic County Historical Society
PO Box 301
Somers Point

Atlantic Highlands Historical Society
27 Prospect Ave.
Atlantic Highlands

African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey
661 Jackson Road
Newtonville, NJ 08346
Telephone: 609-704-5495
Fax: 609-704-5532

PO Box 1422
Absecon, NJ 0821-1422
Telephone: 609-659-9000

Buena Historical Society
PO BOx 114
Buena NJ 08310

Egg Harbor City Historical Society
533 London Ave.
Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215-1565

Atlantic County LibraryWebsite

New Jersey Genealogy Resources - Atlantic CountyWebsite

New Horizons GenealogyWebsite

Schools[edit | edit source]

Taxation[edit | edit source]

New Jersey tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses before 1820 or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information see the wiki page New Jersey Taxation.

Finding Tax Records at Other Repositories

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Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the New Jersey Vital Records State Department of Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. Original marriage records are usually held at the county Bureau of Vital Statistics.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Original Birth Records on Microfilm

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Original Marriage Records on Microfilm

Death[edit | edit source]

Online Death Indexes and Records

Original Death Records on Microfilm

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Atlantic County, New Jersey Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Atlantic County, New Jersey Websites[edit | edit source]

Atlantic County, New Jersey Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]


Atlantic County, New Jersey Genealogy References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Atlantic County, New Jersey" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_New_Jersey accessed 29 August 2018.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Atlantic County, New Jersey . Page 464-465 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 460.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Atlantic County, New Jersey," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_New_Jersey, accessed 8 Aug 2019.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Atlantic County, New Jersey page 464, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.