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|Somerset County, New Jersey|
Location in the state of New Jersey
Location of New Jersey in the U.S.
|Founded||May 14, 1688|
|Address|| Somerset County Courthouse|
20 Grove St, PO Box 3000
Somerville, NJ 08876
Phone: (908) 231-7006
Somerset County Website
- 1710, boundaries changed.
- 1714, part back to Middlesex County.
- 13 March 1714, part set off to be Hunterdon County.
- 1741, part from Essex County.
- 1749, boundary with Morris County defined.
- 1790, boundary changes with Middlesex County and again in 1855, 1858 and 1878.
- 22 February 1838 1838, part of Montgomery twp set off to form Mercer County. 
- 1844, Tewksbury twp. from Hunterdon County and restored in 1845.
- 1850, part of Fanklin twp. added to to North Brunswick twp., Middlesex County.
- 1876, Union County boundary clarified.
- 1965, Hunterdon County boundary clarified.
- 1727-1734 - Skillman, William Jones. "Earliest Baptismal Records of the Church of Harlingen (Reformed Dutch) of New Jersey. 1727-1734," The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 40, No. 4 (Oct. 1909):281-291. Digital versions at Internet Archive - free; New York Family History ($); FHL Book 974.7 B2n v. 40.
Land and Property
Early migration routes to and from Somerset County, New Jersey for settlers included:
- Raritan River a navigable river which rises in Morris County and flows through central New Jersey past Manville to New Brunswick where it meets the tide.
- Delaware and Raritan Canal 1834 connected New Brunswick, New Jersey on the Raritan River (and NY City) to Bordontown, New Jersey on the Delaware River and parts of Pennsylvania including Philadelphia.
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
- Telephone: 609-292-4978
- Fax: 609-777-0094
- Internet: http://www.answers.com/topic/new-jersey-superior-court
Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Family History Centers
- USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
- Family History Library Catalog
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Somerset County, New Jersey page 465, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- ↑ Handybook, 847-61.
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