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Atlantic County, New Jersey genealogy and family history 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.


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Atlantic County, New Jersey
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Founded  , 1837
County Seat Mays Landing
Courthouse
Address Atlantic County Courthouse
5901 Main Street
Mays Landing, NJ 08830-1800
Phone: (609) 625-4011 Atlantic County Website

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Atlantic County, New Jersey Historical Facts

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  • Named for the Atlantic Ocean
  • All of what is known today as Atlantic County was once called Egg Harbor Township

Parent County

Boundary Changes

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 MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in New Jersey counties see: New Jersey Counties with Burned Courthouses

Atlantic County, New Jersey Genealogy Resources

Bible

Cemeteries

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

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Findagrave.com

Family History Library

Findagrave.com

Interment.net

WorldCat

Names in Stone

USGenWeb

Billion Graves

Billion Graves

Epodunk

Names in Stone

See New Jersey Cemeteries for more information.

Census

Church Records

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 Church Records in online catalogs like:

Court Records

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

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

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 Land and Property Records in online catalogs like:

Maps

Migration

Military

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Atlantic County, New Jersey 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 newspapers in online catalogs like:

Occupations

Periodicals

Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records

Probate records created after 1852 are held by the Atlantic County, New Jersey 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 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

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

Repositories

Archives
Courthouse

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. [2]

Family History Centers
Hours: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 6:00pm - 8:30pm; Thursday - 11:00am - 2:00pm; Closures; Wednesday 5 December 2013;Holiday Closing 14 December 2012 - 7 January 2013
Libraries

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
Societies

Schools

Taxation

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

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

Vital Records

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

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Original Birth Records on Microfilm

Marriage

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Original Marriage Records on Microfilm

Death

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 Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Atlantic County, New Jersey Web Sites

Atlantic County, New Jersey Neighboring Counties

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Atlantic County, New Jersey Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  2. 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.

 

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