New Jersey, United States Genealogy

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Guide to New Jersey ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records

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the Garden State

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2. Marriage Information
3. Death Information

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New Jersey Counties[edit | edit source]

Former Countries:  New Netherland Genealogy  · New Sweden Genealogy

Click on the map below to go to a county page. Hover over a county to see its name. To see a larger version of the map, click here.

Cape May CountyCumberland CountySalem County, New JerseyGloucester CountyCamden CountyBurlington CountyOcean CountyAtlantic CountyMonmouth CountyMercer CountyMiddlesex CountySomerset CountyHunterdon CountyWarren CountySussex CountyMorris CountyPassaic CountyBergen CountyHudson CountyUnion CountyEssex CountyNew-jersey-county-map.gif

Major Repositories[edit | edit source]

New Jersey State Archives · New Jersey State Library · New Jersey Historical Society · Camden County Historical Society · Gloucester County Historical Society · Jewish Historical Society of Central Jersey · Morristown and Morris Township Library · Newark Public Library · Princeton University Firestone Library · Rowan University Campbell Library · Rutgers University Alexander Library · Seton Hall University Libraries · Historical Society of Pennsylvania · National Archives at Philadelphia · National Archives at New York City · New York Public Library

Migration Routes[edit | edit source]

Ellis Island, Castle Garden, etc. · Atlantic Coast Ports · Delaware Indian Path or King's Highway  · Delaware River · Passaic River · Raritan River · Great Shamokin Path · King's Highway or Delaware Indian Path  · Lincoln Highway · Delaware and Raritan Canal · Morris Canal

Did you know?[edit | edit source]

  • The colonial censuses taken in 1726, 1738, 1745, and 1772, as well as the New Jersey portions of the United States censuses of 1790, 1800, 1810 and 1820, were destroyed. Various other records can substitute for censuses. These include lists of petitioners, residents, freeholders, quit renters, jurists, voters, and taxpayers. Many of these lists have been published in periodicals. For a helpful guide in locating these lists, refer to  The United States Census Compendium by John D. Stemmons (Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 1973.) The book is available at the Family History Library on microfiche and in book form. 
  • Collections of New Jersey maps and atlases are available at numerous public and university libraries and historical societies. The New Jersey Historical Society has a large collection of more than 2,000 maps, and the state library has several hundred maps and atlases from the seventeenth century to the present.

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Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. Kenn Stryker-Rodda, "That Genealogical Quagmire: New Jersey," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 48 (1960): 67. (FHL Book 973 B2ng v. 48) WorldCat entry.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kenn Stryker-Rodda, New Jersey: Digging for Ancestors in the Garden State (Detroit, Mich.: Detroit Society for Genealogical Research, 1984), 9-10. (FHL Book 974.9 A1 no. 2) WorldCat entry.
  3. Claire Keenan Agthe, Research in New Jersey, NGS Special Publication Number 94 (Arlington, Va.: National Genealogical Society, 2009), 8-10. (FHL Book 974.9 D27a) WorldCat entry.
  4. Arlene H. Eakle, "Have you searched and searched for a marriage without finding it?" in Genealogy Blog at (accessed 8 January 2011).
  5. Stryker-Rhoda, "That Genealogical Quagmire: New Jersey," 65. "Many from New Jersey went out of the colony to be married or to have children baptized, primarily to the Dutch churches in New York and Kings County, to the First Presbyterian Church of New York, and to various churches in Philadelphia and Delaware."
  6. Stryker-Rhoda, "That Genealogical Quagmire: New Jersey," 69-70.
  7. Stryker-Rhoda, New Jersey: Digging for Ancestors in the Garden State, 5.