New Jersey Research Tips and Strategies

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The New Jersey Research Tips and Strategies page consists of links to specific research strategies for New Jersey. It also contains general tips and other resources for finding your ancestors in this locality.



New Jersey Research Strategies[edit | edit source]

Below are links to different research strategy pages to help you locate your ancestors in New Jersey

New Jersey Research Tips[edit | edit source]

These tips will help you as you research your ancestors in New Jersey.

  • Birth information: The first laws requiring town clerks to register vital records were made in 1675 and 1682, but few clerks complied. In 1848 New Jersey became the second state (after Massachusetts) to require statewide registration, but the early registration was not complete. At least 100,000 births in the period before 1920 were not recorded. A helpful substitute record to find birth information is a death record. However, date and place of birth on a death record is considered secondary information, as it was not recorded at the time of the birth event. The birth information should be corroborated with other substitute records to improve accuracy.
  • Finding Parents: Statewide registration of deaths began in 1848. They often will list the parents of the deceased and their birth information. Search New Jersey death records
  • Look in all censuses: Always look for your ancestor in every possible census. There are clues regarding immigration, naturalization, and occupation that can lead to other records. Sometimes parents can be found living with their children later in life. Search U.S. Censuses.

New Jersey Record Finder[edit | edit source]

This brief Record Finder is designed to help you determine the best record to search for the type of information you are looking for. It is most helpful for post-1850 research. For a more complete Record Finder, covering additional research needs, see New Jersey Record Finder.

1. What you are looking for: 2. Try these records first: 3. Other useful records

Birth information

Marriage information
Death information
Parents

Maiden name

Immigration date

Naturalization

Physical description

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