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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[New Jersey Genealogy|New Jersey]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Cape May County'''  
  
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'''Cape May County, New Jersey''' ancestry, family history, and genealogy 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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| building address = Cape May County Court House<br>4 Moore Road<br>Cape May Court House, NJ 08210<br> Phone: (609) 465-1010<br>[http://www.co.cape-may.nj.us/ Cape May County Website]}}  
 
| building address = Cape May County Court House<br>4 Moore Road<br>Cape May Court House, NJ 08210<br> Phone: (609) 465-1010<br>[http://www.co.cape-may.nj.us/ Cape May County Website]}}  
  
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== Cape May County, New Jersey Historical Facts  ==
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=== Parent County  ===
  
== [http://www.co.cape-may.nj.us/ County Courthouse] ==
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*12 Nov 1692 from [[Cumberland County, New Jersey Genealogy|Cumberland]] County. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>
  
[http://www.co.cape-may.nj.us/ Cape May County Courthouse]<br>;4 Moore Road; <br>Cape May Court House, NJ 08210<br> Phone: 609.465.1010<br><br>County Clerk has military records 1795-1878, <br>land records from 1692, Court Records 1793-1948, <br>Military are cords from 1919 and naturalization records 1900-1960.<br>County Surrogate has probate records from 1783. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cape May County, New Jersey page 464, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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=== Boundary Changes  ===
 
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== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
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*12 Nov 1692 from [[Cumberland County, New Jersey|Cumberland]] County. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
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*1685, court set up  
 
*1685, court set up  
 
*1692, county given boundaries in West Jersey  
 
*1692, county given boundaries in West Jersey  
*1694, boundaries changed to transfer Great Egg Harbor area to [[Gloucester County, New Jersey|Gloucester]] County  
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*1694, boundaries changed to transfer Great Egg Harbor area to [[Gloucester County, New Jersey Genealogy|Gloucester]] County  
 
*1710, boundary changed  
 
*1710, boundary changed  
*1822, boundary with [[Cumberland County, New Jersey|Cumberland]] County clarified  
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*1822, boundary with [[Cumberland County, New Jersey Genealogy|Cumberland]] County clarified  
*1844, part of [[Cumberland County, New Jersey|Cumberland]] County added  
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*1844, part of [[Cumberland County, New Jersey Genealogy|Cumberland]] County added  
*1845, the 1844 part of [[Cumberland County, New Jersey|Cumberland]] County returned  
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*1845, the 1844 part of [[Cumberland County, New Jersey Genealogy|Cumberland]] County returned  
 
*1846, coastal boundary established  
 
*1846, coastal boundary established  
*1878, part of Maurice River twp., [[Cumberland County, New Jersey|Cumberland]] County, added to Upper twp.  
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*1878, part of Maurice River twp., [[Cumberland County, New Jersey Genealogy|Cumberland]] County, added to Upper twp.  
*1891, part of Maurice River twp., [[Cumberland County, New Jersey|Cumberland]] County, added to Dennis twp.  
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*1891, part of Maurice River twp., [[Cumberland County, New Jersey Genealogy|Cumberland]] County, added to Dennis twp.  
 
*1906, coastal boundary established.
 
*1906, coastal boundary established.
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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For animated maps illustrating New Jersey county boundary changes, visit [http://www.mapofus.org/newjersey/ "Rotating Formation New Jersey County Boundary Maps"] (1683-1928) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
== Places/Localities ==
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=== Record Loss  ===
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== Cape May, New Jersey Genealogical Resources ==
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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[[Image:Njcapemay.jpg|thumb|right|400px]]
  
===== Boroughs =====
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==== Bible ====
  
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==== Cemeteries  ====
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*Avalon
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*Cape May Point
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==== Census  ====
*Stone Harbor
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*West Cape May
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==== Church Records  ====
*West Wildwood
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*Wildwood Crest
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{{NJ Church Intro}}
*Woodbine
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:*'''1708-1985''' - [http://hsp.org/collections/catalogs-research-tools/members-only-database Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985] at [http://hsp.org/ Historical Society of Pennsylvania] – $, free to members of the society; Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2451 Ancestry.com] – $; 7,542,774 entries. ''This database is incomplete for all counties.''
  
===== Cities  =====
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::Contains the church records of:
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::*Ocean View: Calvary Baptist Church
  
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==== Court Records  ====
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*Cape May
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*North Wildwood
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==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
*Ocean City
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*Sea Isle City
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==== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups  ====
*Wildwood
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==== Gazetteers  ====
  
===== Townships =====
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==== Genealogy ====
  
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==== History  ====
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*Dennis
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{{NJ History}}
*Lower
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==== Land and Property  ====
*Middle
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{{NJ Land}}
*Upper
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==== Maps  ====
  
===== Census Districts =====
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==== Migration ====
  
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==== Military  ====
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*Cape May Court House
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*Diamond Beach
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
*Erma
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*North Cape May
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==== Newspapers  ====
*Strathmere
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*Rio Grande
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{{NJnewspaper abstracts|Cape+May}}
*Villas
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*Whitesboro-Burleigh
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*[http://www.capemaycountyherald.com/ Cape May County Herald]
  
===== Communities  =====
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*[http://www.starandwave.com/ Cape May Star and Wave]
  
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==== Occupations  ====
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*Dennisville
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*Goshen
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==== Periodicals  ====
*Green Creek
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*Marmora
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==== Poorhouse, Alsmhouse  ====
*Ocean View
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*Tuckahoe
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==== Probate Records  ====
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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{{New Jersey Probate Intro}}
  
[[Atlantic County, New Jersey|Atlantic]] | [[Cumberland County, New Jersey|Cumberland]]
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===== '''Obtaining Copies of County Probate Records'''  =====
  
== Resources  ==
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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:
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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*Eichholz, Alice, Editor. ''Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.'' Revised Edition. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, 1992. ({{FHL|611946|title-id|disp=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.
  
==== Census  ====
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In addition, copies of the original wills, administrations, inventories, and guardianships sent to Trenton since 1901 can be ordered from:
  
==== Church  ====
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[http://www.answers.com/topic/new-jersey-superior-court Clerk of the Superior Court]<br>Records Information Center<br>P.O. Box 967<br>Trenton, NJ 08625-0967<br>Phone: (609) 292-4978<br>Fax: (609) 777-0094
  
:*'''1708-1985''' - [http://hsp.org/collections/catalogs-research-tools/members-only-database Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985] at [http://hsp.org/ Historical Society of Pennsylvania] – $, free to members of the society; Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2451 Ancestry.com] – $; 7,542,774 entries. ''This database is incomplete for all counties.''
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==== Repositories  ====
  
::Contains the church records of:
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==== Court ====
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===== Archives =====
  
==== Gazetteers ====
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===== Courthouse =====
  
==== Land  ====
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[http://www.co.cape-may.nj.us/ Cape May County Courthouse]<br>4 Moore Road <br>Cape May Court House, NJ 08210<br> Phone: (609) 465-1010<br><br>County Clerk has military records 1795-1878, land records from 1692, Court Records 1793-1948, Military are cords from 1919 and naturalization records 1900-1960. County Surrogate has probate records from 1783. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cape May County, New Jersey page 464, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
==== Local Histories ====
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===== Family History Centers =====
  
==== Maps  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
==== Military ====
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===== Libraries =====
  
==== Newspapers ====
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===== Museums =====
  
*[http://www.capemaycountyherald.com/ Cape May County Herald]
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===== Societies  =====
  
*[http://www.starandwave.com/ Cape May Star and Wave]
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*[http://www.cmcmuseum.org/ Cape County Historical Museum and Genealogical Society]
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*[http://www.cmclibrary.org/Default.asp Cape May County Library]
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*[http://www.capemayhistory.org/ Greater Cape May Historical Society]
  
==== Probate ====
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==== Schools ====
  
==== '''Obtaining Copies of County Probate Records''' ====
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==== Taxation ====
  
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:
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{{NJ Tax Intro}}
  
*Eichholz, Alice, Editor. ''Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.'' Revised Edition. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, 1992. ({{FHL|611946|title-id|disp=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.
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==== Vital Records  ====
  
In addition, copies of the original wills, administrations, inventories, and guardianships sent to Trenton since 1901 can be ordered from:
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{{NJ Vital Intro}}
 
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:Clerk of the Superior Court<br>
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:Records Information Center<br>
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:P.O. Box 967<br>
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:Trenton, NJ 08625-0967<br>
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:Telephone: 609-292-4978<br>
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:Fax: 609-777-0094<br>
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:Internet: http://www.answers.com/topic/new-jersey-superior-court
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==== Taxation  ====
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==== Vital Records  ====
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*[http://www.capemaycountygov.net/Cit-e-Access/webpage.cfm?TID=5&TPID=6318 Archives of the Cape May County Clerk]
 
*[http://www.capemaycountygov.net/Cit-e-Access/webpage.cfm?TID=5&TPID=6318 Archives of the Cape May County Clerk]
  
== Societies and Libraries ==
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== Cape May County, New Jersey Web Sites ==
  
*[http://www.cmcmuseum.org/ Cape County Historical Museum and Genealogical Society]  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~njcapema/ The Cape May County NYGenWeb Project], a member of [[NJGenWeb|The NJGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].
*[http://www.cmclibrary.org/Default.asp Cape May County Library]  
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*[http://www.familytree101.com/newjersey/cape-may-county.html Cape May County, New Jersey History, Records, Facts and Genealogy] (Familytree101)
*[http://www.capemayhistory.org/ Greater Cape May Historical Society]
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/nj/capemay/capemay.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Cape May County.
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/nj/capemay/capemay.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Cape May County. (Backup site)
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*{{FHL|New+Jersey%2C+Cape+May|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} FamilySearch Catalog for Cape May County.<br>
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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== Cape May County, New Jersey Neighboring Counties ==
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[[Atlantic County, New Jersey Genealogy|Atlantic]]
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*[[Cumberland County, New Jersey Genealogy|Cumberland]]
  
== Web Sites  ==
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~njcapema/ The Cape May County NYGenWeb Project], a member of [[NJGenWeb|The NJGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/nj/capemay/capemay.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Cape May County.
 
*[http://usgwarchives.org/nj/capemay/capemay.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Cape May County. (Backup site)
 
*{{FHL|New+Jersey%2C+Cape+May|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library Catalog for Cape May County.<br>
 
  
== References  ==
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== Cape May County, New Jersey Genealogy References  ==
  
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Cape May County, New Jersey ancestry, family history, and genealogy 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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Cape May County, New Jersey
Map
Map of New Jersey highlighting Cape May County
Location in the state of New Jersey
Map of the U.S. highlighting New Jersey
Location of New Jersey in the U.S.
Facts
Founded  , 1685
County Seat Cape May Court House
Courthouse
Address Cape May County Court House
4 Moore Road
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Phone: (609) 465-1010
Cape May County Website

Contents

Cape May County, New Jersey Historical Facts

Parent County

Boundary Changes

  • 1685, court set up
  • 1692, county given boundaries in West Jersey
  • 1694, boundaries changed to transfer Great Egg Harbor area to Gloucester County
  • 1710, boundary changed
  • 1822, boundary with Cumberland County clarified
  • 1844, part of Cumberland County added
  • 1845, the 1844 part of Cumberland County returned
  • 1846, coastal boundary established
  • 1878, part of Maurice River twp., Cumberland County, added to Upper twp.
  • 1891, part of Maurice River twp., Cumberland County, added to Dennis twp.
  • 1906, coastal boundary established.

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

Cape May, New Jersey Genealogical Resources

Njcapemay.jpg

Bible

Cemeteries

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:
  • Ocean View: Calvary Baptist Church

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.


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.


Maps

Migration

Military

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Cape May County, New Jersey Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


Occupations

Periodicals

Poorhouse, Alsmhouse

Probate Records

Probate records created after 1852 are held by the Cape May County, New Jersey Genealogy 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 Cape May County, New Jersey Genealogy 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).

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

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Archives
Courthouse

Cape May County Courthouse
4 Moore Road
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Phone: (609) 465-1010

County Clerk has military records 1795-1878, land records from 1692, Court Records 1793-1948, Military are cords from 1919 and naturalization records 1900-1960. County Surrogate has probate records from 1783. [1]

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Centers for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Libraries
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.


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.


Cape May County, New Jersey Web Sites

Cape May County, New Jersey Neighboring Counties


Cape May County, New Jersey Genealogy References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].


 

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