New Jersey Bible Records
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Online Records[edit | edit source]
- The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has an index of over 40,000 digitized family Bible records and each day more records are digitized and added to the Index.
- Index to Early Bible Records provides a free index to over 17,000 online and offline pre-1830 Bible records.
- The New Jersey Historical Society, the Gloucester County Historical Society, and the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library in Washington, D.C., have many volumes of Bible records for New Jersey families.
- Start with the free Index to Early Bible Records (pre-1830; 17,000 entries).
- The Genealogical Society of New Jersey has the largest collection (over 4,650 Bible records). A name index to the first 3,000 is at the New Jersey Room—Special Collections and Archives, Alexander Library, Rutgers University.
- The Family History Library has microfilm copies of many Bible records listed in the FamilySearch Catalog Locality Search under: NEW JERSEY - BIBLE RECORDS NEW JERSEY, [COUNTY] - BIBLE RECORDS
- The Daughters of the American Revolution also has a collection of Bible transcripts, as does the Gloucester County Historical Society (in its historical and genealogical files). Both collections are described in the Genealogy section.
The Family History Library also has:
- Daughters of the American Revolution (New Jersey). Bible Records, etc., 7 vols., typescript, 1950-1954 FHL Book 974.9 V29d; vol. 1 on film 016536, and vol. 6 on film 924845 item 3. Includes index.
- Records filmed at the Gloucester Historical Society FHL Film 848549 item 3; FHL Film 1005023 item 1.) Most individual volumes of Bible records are indexed.
Some DAR records are indexed in:
- Kirkham, E. Kay. An Index to Some of the Bibles and Family Records of the United States, vol. 2. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 1984. FHL Book 973 D22kk v. 2; FHL Fiche 6089184.
The New Jersey Historical Society has a card index to DAR Bible transcripts.
Copies, or abstracts of old family Bibles that are no longer known to exist, may survive in Revolutionary War Pension application files at NARA, Washington, D.C., which are available online at three commercial websites: Ancestry, Fold3, and Heritage Quest Online.
New Jersey Bible Records[edit | edit source]
A Bible was often given by relatives to a bride as a wedding gift, where she recorded information about her immediate family and close relatives. Relationships were seldom stated but were often implied. Names of parents, children, and their spouses, including maiden names, were frequently given along with dates of birth, marriage, and death. Sometimes the age of a person was given at the time of death. Many families kept Bible records from the 1700s (and sometimes earlier) to more recent times, although few have survived. Some have been donated to local libraries or societies.