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''[[United States]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[New Jersey]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[New_Jersey_Church_Records|Church Records]]''  
 
''[[United States]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[New Jersey]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[New_Jersey_Church_Records|Church Records]]''  
  
The first churches established in New Jersey were the Dutch Reformed, Congregational (Puritan), Society of Friends (Quaker), and Lutheran. Church membership waned in the early 1700s, but revivals rekindled interest around 1740. By 1775 the largest denominations in New Jersey were the Presbyterian, Society of Friends, Dutch Reformed, Baptist, and Anglican (Episcopal) churches.  
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[[Image:Old Swedes church NJ.jpg|thumb|right|300px|Old Swedes church NJ.jpg]]
  
In the mid-1800s, the Methodist church was the largest, followed by the Presbyterian, Baptist, Reformed, Friends, and Episcopal churches. The Roman Catholic Church has been the predominant faith since the beginning of the twentieth century, followed by the Jewish, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Episcopal faiths.  
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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. Records may include names of other relatives who were witnesses or members of the congregation. The members of some churches were predominantly of one nationality or ethnic group.  
  
=== Locating Church Records  ===
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The first churches established in [[New Jersey|New Jersey]] were the [[Dutch Reformed Church in the United States|Dutch Reformed]], [[Congregational Church in the United States|Congregational (Puritan)]], [[Society of Friends (Quakers) in the United States|Society of Friends (Quaker)]], and [[Lutheran Church in the United States|Lutheran]]. Church membership waned in the early 1700s, but revivals rekindled interest around 1740. By 1775 the largest denominations in [[New Jersey|New Jersey]] were the [[Presbyterian Church in the United States|Presbyterian]], [[Society of Friends (Quakers) in the United States|Society of Friends]], [[Dutch Reformed Church in the United States|Dutch Reformed]], [[Baptist Church in the United States|Baptist]], and [[Anglican Church in the United States|Anglican (Episcopal)]] churches.
  
Except for the Dutch Reformed and Lutheran churches in northern New Jersey, few of the earliest church records have survived. The Family History Library has some important collections of church records described below under the denominational headings.  
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In the mid-1800s, the [[Methodist Church in the United States|Methodist]] church was the largest, followed by the [[Presbyterian Church in the United States|Presbyterian]], [[Baptist Church in the United States|Baptist]], Reformed, [[Society of Friends (Quakers) in the United States|Friends]], and [[Episcopal Church in the United States|Episcopal]] churches. The [[Roman Catholic Church in the United States|Roman Catholic]] Church has been the predominant faith since the beginning of the twentieth century, followed by the [[Jewish Genealogy Research|Jewish]], [[Methodist Church in the United States|Methodist]], [[Presbyterian Church in the United States|Presbyterian]], and [[Episcopal Church in the United States|Episcopal]] faiths.<ref>Sydney E. Ahlstrom, ''A Religious History of the American People'' (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972). {{FHL|282712|item|disp=FHL Book 973 K2ah}}.</ref>
  
For help in finding church records not at the Family History Library, see ''New Jersey Historical Manuscripts: A Guide to Collections in the State'' (described in [[New Jersey Archives and Libraries|New Jersey Archives and Libraries]]). To locate a copy nearest you use [http://www.worldcat.org/title/new-jersey-historical-manuscripts-a-guide-to-collections-in-the-state/oclc/15489310&referer=brief_results WorldCat]. Other helpful guides to church records include the following:
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Except for the Dutch Reformed and Lutheran churches in northern New Jersey, few of the earliest church records have survived. The [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] has some important collections of church records described below under the denominational headings.
  
*Nelson, William. ''Church Records in New Jersey, Journal of the Presbyterian Historical Society 2:4 (March 1904)''This is very helpful for determining all denominations that existed prior to 1800. {{FHL|337209|item}}&nbsp;To locate&nbsp;a copy nearest you, use [http://www.worldcat.org/title/church-records-in-new-jersey-notices-of-the-character-extent-and-condition-of-the-original-records-of-about-one-hundred-and-fifty-of-the-older-churches-and-friends-meetings-with-other-data/oclc/1916242&referer=brief_results WorldCat].&nbsp;
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For help in finding church records not at the [[Family History Library|Family History Library]], see:
*''Guide to Vital Statistics Records in New Jersey''. Two Volumes. Newark, New Jersey: New Jersey Historical Records Survey, 1941. Volume 2 contains the names and addresses of churches located in New Jersey in 1940. {{FHL|259389|item}}. To locate a book copy nearest you, use [http://www.worldcat.org/title/guide-to-vital-statistics-records-in-new-jersey/oclc/4874878&referer=brief_results WorldCat].
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*''Historical Records Survey. Directory of Churches in New Jersey''. 21 Volumes. Newark, New Jersey: Historical Records Survey, 1940-1941.&nbsp;There is a volume for each county; the Family History Library has volumes for Atlantic through Hunterdon, and Monmouth counties. {{FHL|244983|item}}
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The '''Family History Library '''has nine volumes of church record inventories for the Baha'i, Baptist, Seventh-Day Baptist, Congregational Christian, Evangelical, Presbyterian, Protestant Episcopal, Salvation Army, and Unitarian churches. Each volume is cataloged separately but they have similar titles. Find these volumes in the Family History Library Catalog Author/Title Search under the title Inventory of the Church Archives of New Jersey.  
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*''New Jersey Historical Manuscripts: A Guide to Collections in the State'' (described in [[New Jersey Archives and Libraries|New Jersey Archives and Libraries]]). To locate a copy nearest you, use [http://www.worldcat.org/title/new-jersey-historical-manuscripts-a-guide-to-collections-in-the-state/oclc/15489310&referer=brief_results WorldCat].
  
Some denominations have their records in central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located:
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Other helpful guides to church records include the following:
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*Nelson, William. "Church Records in New Jersey," ''Journal of the Presbyterian Historical Society'', Vol.&nbsp;2, No. 4 (March 1904):173-188; Vol. 2, No. 5 (June 1904):251-266. Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=JB7SAAAAMAAJ Google Books]. This is very helpful for determining all denominations that existed prior to 1800. {{FHL|337209|item}}. To locate&nbsp;a copy nearest you, use [http://www.worldcat.org/title/church-records-in-new-jersey-notices-of-the-character-extent-and-condition-of-the-original-records-of-about-one-hundred-and-fifty-of-the-older-churches-and-friends-meetings-with-other-data/oclc/1916242&referer=brief_results WorldCat].&nbsp;
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*''Guide to Vital Statistics Records in New Jersey''. 2 vols. Newark, N.J.: New Jersey Historical Records Survey, 1941. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=13873 Ancestry] ($). Volume 2 contains the names and addresses of churches located in New Jersey in 1940. {{FHL|259389|item}}. To locate a book copy nearest you, use [http://www.worldcat.org/title/guide-to-vital-statistics-records-in-new-jersey/oclc/4874878&referer=brief_results WorldCat].
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*''Historical Records Survey. Directory of Churches in New Jersey''. 21 Volumes. Newark, N.J.: Historical Records Survey, 1940-1941.&nbsp;There is a volume for each county; the Family History Library has volumes for Atlantic through Hunterdon, and Monmouth counties. {{FHL|244983|item}}.
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The [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] has nine volumes of church record inventories for the Baha'i, Baptist, Seventh-Day Baptist, Congregational Christian, Evangelical, Presbyterian, Protestant Episcopal, Salvation Army, and Unitarian churches. Each volume is cataloged separately but they have similar titles. Find these volumes in the Family History Library Catalog Author/Title Search under the title Inventory of the Church Archives of New Jersey.
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Some denominations have their records in central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located:  
  
 
=== Baptist  ===
 
=== Baptist  ===
  
[http://www.abhsarchives.org/ American Baptist Historical Society]<br>3001 Mercer University Dr.<br>Atlanta, GA 30341<br>Telephone: (678) 547-6680  
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[http://www.abhsarchives.org/ American Baptist Historical Society]<br>3001 Mercer University Dr.<br>Atlanta, Georgia 30341<br>Telephone: (678) 547-6680  
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=== Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)  ===
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Early church records, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for&nbsp;New Jersey&nbsp;Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers, for each ward, can be located through the [http://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog]&nbsp; or by refering to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. (FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507). These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.
  
 
=== Dutch Reformed  ===
 
=== Dutch Reformed  ===
  
Commission on History, Reformed Church in America<br>New Brunswick Theological Seminary<br>[https://www.rca.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=230 Gardner A. Sage Library]<br>21 Seminary Place<br>New Brunswick, NJ 08901<br>Telephone: (732) 247-5341<br>
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Commission on History, Reformed Church in America<br>New Brunswick Theological Seminary<br>[https://www.rca.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=230 Gardner A. Sage Library]<br>21 Seminary Place<br>New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901<br>Telephone: (732) 246-1779<br>  
  
The Family History Library has microfilm copies of many of the Dutch Reformed church records at this archive. The records are described in:  
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The [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] has microfilm copies of many of the Dutch Reformed church records&nbsp;from the above listed&nbsp;archive. The records are described in:  
  
*Gasero, Russell L., Editor. ''Guide to Local Church Records in the Archives of the Reformed Church in America and to Genealogical Resources in the Gardner Sage Library, New Brunswick Theological Seminary''. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Historical Society of the Reformed Church in America, 1979. {{FHL|508181|item}}does not circulate to Family History Centers. To locate a copy nearest you, use [http://www.worldcat.org/title/guide-to-local-church-records-in-the-archives-of-the-reformed-church-in-america-and-to-genealogical-resources-in-the-gardner-sage-library-new-brunswick-theological-seminary/oclc/6836089&referer=brief_results WorldCat.]
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*Gasero, Russell L., ed. ''Guide to Local Church Records in the Archives of the Reformed Church in America and to Genealogical Resources in the Gardner Sage Library, New Brunswick Theological Seminary''. New Brunswick, N.J.: Historical Society of the Reformed Church in America, 1979. Digital version at [http://images.rca.org/docs/archives/churchrecords.pdf Reformed Church in America];&nbsp;{{FHL|508181|item}}&nbsp;(does not circulate to Family History Centers). To locate a copy nearest you, use [http://www.worldcat.org/title/guide-to-local-church-records-in-the-archives-of-the-reformed-church-in-america-and-to-genealogical-resources-in-the-gardner-sage-library-new-brunswick-theological-seminary/oclc/6836089&referer=brief_results WorldCat.]
  
 
<br>[http://www.hollandsociety.com/library.html '''The Holland Society of New York Library''']<br>20 West 44th Street, 5th Floor<br>New York, NY 10036<br>Telephone: (212) 758-1675  
 
<br>[http://www.hollandsociety.com/library.html '''The Holland Society of New York Library''']<br>20 West 44th Street, 5th Floor<br>New York, NY 10036<br>Telephone: (212) 758-1675  
  
''Year Book of The Holland Society of New York, 1912''. New York, New York: The Society, 1912, available in the {{FHL|110300|item}} lists the transcripts of New Jersey Dutch Reformed and Lutheran records at the Holland Society Library. It also lists those that were published as of 1912. The Family History Library has microfilm copies of many of these transcripts. To locate a copy nearest you, use [http://www.worldcat.org/title/year-book-of-the-holland-society-of-new-york-1912/oclc/49875651&referer=brief_results WorldCat.]
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''Year Book of The Holland Society of New York, 1912''. New York, New York: The Society, 1912, available in the {{FHL|110300|item}} lists the transcripts of New Jersey Dutch Reformed and Lutheran records at the Holland Society Library. It also lists those that were published as of 1912. The Family History Library has microfilm copies of many of these transcripts. To locate a copy nearest you, use [http://www.worldcat.org/title/year-book-of-the-holland-society-of-new-york-1912/oclc/49875651&referer=brief_results WorldCat.]  
  
 
=== Episcopal  ===
 
=== Episcopal  ===
  
[http://www.newjersey.anglican.org/ECUSA/index.html Diocesan House of the Episcopal Church]<br>808 W. State Street<br>Trenton, NJ 08618-5326<br>Telephone: (609) 394-5281<br>
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[http://www.newjersey.anglican.org/ECUSA/index.html Diocesan House of the Episcopal Church]<br>808 W. State Street<br>Trenton, New Jersey 08618-5326<br>Telephone: (609) 394-5281<br>  
  
 
=== Jewish  ===
 
=== Jewish  ===
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Most synagogue records have not been centralized, so you must write to the local congregation. Addresses are listed in:  
 
Most synagogue records have not been centralized, so you must write to the local congregation. Addresses are listed in:  
  
*Lightman, Sidney, ed. ''The Jewish Travel Guide 1990.'' London, England Jewish Chronicle Publications, 1990''. ''To locate a copy nearest you, use [http://www.worldcat.org/title/jewish-travel-guide-1990/oclc/49005630&referer=brief_results WorldCat].  
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*Lightman, Sidney, ed. ''The Jewish Travel Guide 1990.'' London, England Jewish Chronicle Publications, 1990. {{FHL|131226|item|disp=FHL book 910.202 J556}} To locate a copy nearest you, use [http://www.worldcat.org/title/jewish-travel-guide-1990/oclc/49005630&referer=brief_results WorldCat].
*Synagogue and cemetery records for some congregations in Middlesex, Somerset, and Union counties are at:
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[http://www.jewishgen.org/jhscj/index.html Jewish Historical Society of Central Jersey]<br>1050 George St, Box 1-L<br>New Brunswick, NJ 08901<br>Telephone: (732) 249-4894&nbsp;<br>
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Synagogue and cemetery records for some congregations in Middlesex, Somerset, and Union counties are at:  
  
=== Methodist  ===
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[http://www.jewishgen.org/jhscj/index.html Jewish Historical Society of Central Jersey]<br>1050 George St, Box 1-L<br>New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901<br>Telephone: (732) 249-4894&nbsp;<br>
  
United Methodist Church<br>Commission on Archives and History<br>Northern New Jersey Conference<br>[http://www.drew.edu/depts/library/methodist.aspx Drew University Library]<br>36 Madison Avenue<br>P.O. Box 127<br>Madison, NJ 07940<br>Telephone: (201) 822-2787<br>
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=== Methodist ===
  
United Methodist Archives Center<br>Commission on Archives and History<br>Southern New Jersey Conference<br>[http://www.pennington.org/academics/meckler-library/index.aspx The Meckler Library]<br>Pennington School<br>112 W. Delaware Avenue<br>Pennington, NJ 08534<br>Phone: (609) 737-1838
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[http://www.gnjumc.org/pages/detail/293 United Methodist Church]<br>Commission on Archives and History<br>Greater New Jersey Conference<br>1001 Wickapecko Drive<br>Ocean, New Jersey 07712<br>Phone: (732) 359-1000&nbsp; Toll free: (877) 677-2594
  
 
=== Presbyterian  ===
 
=== Presbyterian  ===
  
[http://www.history.pcusa.org/ Presbyterian Historical Society and Department of History]<br>United Presbyterian Church in the USA<br>425 Lombard Street<br>Philadelphia, PA 19147<br>Telephone: (215) 627-1852  
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[http://www.history.pcusa.org/ Presbyterian Historical Society and Department of History]<br>United Presbyterian Church in the USA<br>425 Lombard Street<br>Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147<br>Telephone: (215) 627-1852  
  
The Family History Library has microfilm copies of most of the records&nbsp;from this archive.  
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The [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] has microfilm copies of most of the records&nbsp;from&nbsp;the above listed&nbsp;archive.  
  
 
=== Roman Catholic  ===
 
=== Roman Catholic  ===
  
[http://www.camdendiocese.org/ Diocese of Camden]<br>631 Market Street<br>Camden, NJ 08102<br>Phone: (856) 756-7900.  
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[http://www.camdendiocese.org/ '''Diocese of Camden''']<br>631 Market Street<br>Camden, New Jersey 08102<br>Phone: (856) 756-7900.  
  
The diocese includes the counties of: Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem.  
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Atlantic County, New Jersey|Atlantic]], [[Camden County, New Jersey|Camden]], [[Cape May County, New Jersey|Cape May]], [[Cumberland County, New Jersey|Cumberland]], [[Gloucester County, New Jersey|Gloucester]] and [[Salem County, New Jersey|Salem]].<ref name="rc" />
  
[http://www.diometuchen.org/ Diocese of Metuchen]<br>P.O. Box 191<br>Metuchen, NJ 08840-0191<br>Phone: (732) 562-1990<br>Office Location<br>146 Metlars Lane<br>Piscataway, NJ 08854  
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[http://www.diometuchen.org/ '''Diocese of Metuchen''']'''<br>'''P.O. Box 191<br>Metuchen, NJ 08840-0191<br>Phone: (732) 562-1990<br>Office Location<br>146 Metlars Lane<br>Piscataway, New Jersey 08854  
  
The diocese includes the counties of: Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset and Warren.  
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Hunterdon County, New Jersey|Hunterdon]], [[Middlesex County, New Jersey|Middlesex]], [[Somerset County, New Jersey|Somerset]] and [[Warren County, New Jersey|Warren]].<ref name="rc">[http://www.cdeducation.org/oym/connections/dioceseusmap.htm Map of the Roman Catholic Dioceses in the United States of America], Office of Catholic Schools Diocese of Columbus, accessed 3 Nov 2010.</ref>
  
[http://www.rcan.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=feature.display&feature_ID=108 Archdiocese of Newark]<br>171 Clifton Avenue<br>Newark, NJ 07104-0500  
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[http://www.rcan.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=feature.display&feature_ID=108 '''Archdiocese of Newark''']<br>171 Clifton Avenue<br>Newark, New Jersey 07104-0500  
  
The Archdiocese includes the counties of: Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union.  
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The Archdiocese includes the counties of: [[Bergen County, New Jersey|Bergen]], [[Essex County, New Jersey|Essex]], [[Hudson County, New Jersey|Hudson]] and [[Union County, New Jersey|Union]].<ref name="rc" />
  
[http://www.patersondiocese.org/index.cfm The Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson]<br>777 Valley Road<br>New Jersey 07013<br>Phone: (973) 777-8818
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*Records of the Archdiocese of Newark are kept by:<br>'''[http://www.shu.edu/academics/libraries/archives/newark-archdiocese.cfm University Archives]'''<br>Seton Hall University<br>South Orange Avenue<br>South Orange, New Jersey 07079<br>Phone: (201) 762-7052&nbsp;<br>All sacramental registers, 1832 through 1914, and cemetery records in the archdiocese have been microfilmed. They are available at the Family History Library and at the university archives. A small fee is charged for mail inquiries, and records can be searched by appointment. Christenings through 1885 and marriages through 1895 for most of these parishes are indexed in the International Genealogical Index.
  
The diocese includes the counties of: Morris, Passaic and Sussex.
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[http://www.patersondiocese.org/index.cfm '''The Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson''']<br>777 Valley Road<br>Paterson, New Jersey 07013<br>Phone: (973) 777-8818
  
[http://www.dioceseoftrenton.org/default.asp Diocese of Trenton]<br>701 Lawrenceville Road<br>Trenton, NJ 08648<br>Phone: (609) 406-7400
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Morris County, New Jersey|Morris]], [[Passaic County, New Jersey|Passaic]] and [[Sussex County, New Jersey|Sussex]].<ref name="rc" />  
  
The diocese includes the counties of: Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean.  
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[http://www.dioceseoftrenton.org/page.aspx?pid=291 '''Diocese of Trenton''']<br>701 Lawrenceville Road<br>Trenton, New Jersey 08648<br>Phone: (609) 406-7400
  
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Burlington County, New Jersey|Burlington]], [[Mercer County, New Jersey|Mercer]], [[Monmouth County, New Jersey|Monmouth]] and [[Ocean County, New Jersey|Ocean]].<ref name="rc" />  
  
 
The marriages of some New Jersey Catholics from 1758 to 1800 were published in:  
 
The marriages of some New Jersey Catholics from 1758 to 1800 were published in:  
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Most Catholic records have not been gathered into central repositories. You must determine the town where your ancestors lived and the parish they most likely attended and then write to that parish. Addresses of parishes and diocesan chancery offices are listed in:  
 
Most Catholic records have not been gathered into central repositories. You must determine the town where your ancestors lived and the parish they most likely attended and then write to that parish. Addresses of parishes and diocesan chancery offices are listed in:  
  
*''The Official Catholic Directory''. Chicago, Illinois: Hoffman Bros., annual. A copy is located in the {{FHL|966906|item}}.To locate a copy nearest your location check at [http://www.worldcat.org/title/official-catholic-directory-anno-domini-2009/oclc/429905633&referer=brief_results WorldCat].<br>
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*''The Official Catholic Directory''. Chicago, Illinois: Hoffman Bros., annual. A copy is located in the {{FHL|966906|item}}.To locate a copy nearest your location check at [http://www.worldcat.org/title/official-catholic-directory-anno-domini-2009/oclc/429905633&referer=brief_results WorldCat].
  
 
When a parish closes, the records are sent to the diocesan archives or a nearby parish. If the diocese does not have an archive, the chancellor usually knows where the records are currently located.  
 
When a parish closes, the records are sent to the diocesan archives or a nearby parish. If the diocese does not have an archive, the chancellor usually knows where the records are currently located.  
  
*Flynn, Joseph Michael. ''The Catholic Church in New Jersey''. Morristown, New Jersey: 1904 is located in the {{FHL|244714|item}} and has short histories of individual parishes. For more information about records, write to:
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*Flynn, Joseph Michael. ''The Catholic Church in New Jersey''. Morristown, N.J.: n.p., 1904 is located in the {{FHL|244714|item}} and has short histories of individual parishes. Digital versions: [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=11572 Ancestry] ($); [http://www.archive.org/details/catholicchurchin00flyn Internet Archive]. To locate a copy of the book nearest you, use [http://www.worldcat.org/title/catholic-church-in-new-jersey/oclc/365311&referer=brief_results WorldCat].
  
'''[http://www.shu.edu/academics/libraries/archives/ University Archives]'''<br>Seton Hall University<br>South Orange Avenue<br>South Orange, NJ 07079<br>Phone: (201) 762-7052&nbsp;<br>The archives has records for the Archdiocese of Newark, which includes Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union counties. All sacramental registers, 1832 through 1914, and cemetery records in the archdiocese have been microfilmed. They are available at the Family History Library and at the university archives. A small fee is charged for mail inquiries, and records can be searched by appointment. Christenings through 1885 and marriages through 1895 for most of these parishes are indexed in the International Genealogical Index.
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=== Society of Friends (Quakers) ===
  
=== Society of Friends ===
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[http://www.swarthmore.edu/fhl.xml '''The Friends Historical Library''']<br>Swarthmore College<br>500 College Avenue<br>Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19801<br>Telephone: (610) 328-8496 <br>This library collects microfilm copies of all records of New Jersey meetings.
  
[http://www.swarthmore.edu/fhl.xml '''The Friends Historical Library''']<br>Swarthmore College<br>Swarthmore, PA 19801<br>Telephone: (610) 328-8496<br>Fax: (610) 328-7329 <br>This library collects microfilm copies of all records of New Jersey meetings.  
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[http://www.haverford.edu/library/special/index.php '''The Quaker Collection''']<br>Haverford College Library<br>370 Lancaster Avenue<br>Haverford, Pennsylvania 19041<br>Telephone: (610) 896-1161<br>This library collects West Jersey Orthodox records.  
  
[http://www.swarthmore.edu/fhl.xml '''The Quaker Collection''']<br>Haverford College Library<br>Haverford, PA 19041<br>Telephone: (610) 896-1161<br>Fax: (610) 896-1102&nbsp;<br>This library collects West Jersey Orthodox records.  
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'''Haviland Records Room'''<br>15 Rutherford Place<br>New York, New York 10003<br>Telephone: (212) 673-6866&nbsp;<br>This library collects records of East Jersey meetings that have been part of the New York Yearly Meeting. [http://www.westburyquakers.org/qt/archive/files/GENE1.htm Learn more].  
  
'''Haviland Records Room'''<br>15 Rutherford Place<br>New York, NY 10003<br>Telephone: (212) 673-6866&nbsp;<br>This library collects records of East Jersey meetings that have been part of the New York Yearly Meeting.
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The records formerly at the Friends Records Department in Philadelphia are now at Haverford College. These records are on microfilm at the [[Family History Library|Family History Library]], as are most of the records&nbsp;from the Haviland Records Room.&nbsp;There&nbsp;is a large collection of the records at Swarthmore College.  
 
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The records formerly at the Friends Records Department in Philadelphia are now at Haverford College. These records are on microfilm at the Family History Library, as are most of the records at the Haviland Records Room and a large collection of the records at Swarthmore College.  
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The Family History Library also has microfilm copies of the John Pickens Dornan and Gilbert Cope collections&nbsp;and abstracts from most New Jersey monthly meetings, compiled by William Wade Hinshaw, John Cox, and John P. Dornan.  
 
The Family History Library also has microfilm copies of the John Pickens Dornan and Gilbert Cope collections&nbsp;and abstracts from most New Jersey monthly meetings, compiled by William Wade Hinshaw, John Cox, and John P. Dornan.  
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*Hinshaw, William Wade. ''Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy. 6 Vols''. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Edwards Brothers, 1936-1950. Volume II covers New Jersey Monthly Meetings. {{FHL|192159|item}}; digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48130 Ancestry] ($). To locate copies nearest you, use [http://www.worldcat.org/title/encyclopedia-of-american-quaker-genealogy-vol-i-vi/oclc/255684770&referer=brief_results WorldCat].
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*Bowden, James. ''The History of the Society of Friends in America''. 2 vols. London: W. &amp; F.G. Cash, 1850-1854. Digital version of Vol. 1&nbsp;at [http://books.google.com/books?id=n1lCAAAAIAAJ Google Books]. {{FHL|207376|item|disp=973 F2bj v. 1}}
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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. Records may include names of other relatives who were witnesses or members of the congregation. The members of some churches were predominantly of one nationality or ethnic group.

The first churches established in New Jersey were the Dutch Reformed, Congregational (Puritan), Society of Friends (Quaker), and Lutheran. Church membership waned in the early 1700s, but revivals rekindled interest around 1740. By 1775 the largest denominations in New Jersey were the Presbyterian, Society of Friends, Dutch Reformed, Baptist, and Anglican (Episcopal) churches.

In the mid-1800s, the Methodist church was the largest, followed by the Presbyterian, Baptist, Reformed, Friends, and Episcopal churches. The Roman Catholic Church has been the predominant faith since the beginning of the twentieth century, followed by the Jewish, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Episcopal faiths.[1]

Except for the Dutch Reformed and Lutheran churches in northern New Jersey, few of the earliest church records have survived. The Family History Library has some important collections of church records described below under the denominational headings.

For help in finding church records not at the Family History Library, see:

Other helpful guides to church records include the following:

  • Nelson, William. "Church Records in New Jersey," Journal of the Presbyterian Historical Society, Vol. 2, No. 4 (March 1904):173-188; Vol. 2, No. 5 (June 1904):251-266. Digital version at Google Books. This is very helpful for determining all denominations that existed prior to 1800. FHL Collection. To locate a copy nearest you, use WorldCat
  • Guide to Vital Statistics Records in New Jersey. 2 vols. Newark, N.J.: New Jersey Historical Records Survey, 1941. Digital version at Ancestry ($). Volume 2 contains the names and addresses of churches located in New Jersey in 1940. FHL Collection. To locate a book copy nearest you, use WorldCat.
  • Historical Records Survey. Directory of Churches in New Jersey. 21 Volumes. Newark, N.J.: Historical Records Survey, 1940-1941. There is a volume for each county; the Family History Library has volumes for Atlantic through Hunterdon, and Monmouth counties. FHL Collection.

The Family History Library has nine volumes of church record inventories for the Baha'i, Baptist, Seventh-Day Baptist, Congregational Christian, Evangelical, Presbyterian, Protestant Episcopal, Salvation Army, and Unitarian churches. Each volume is cataloged separately but they have similar titles. Find these volumes in the Family History Library Catalog Author/Title Search under the title Inventory of the Church Archives of New Jersey.

Some denominations have their records in central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located:

Contents

Baptist

American Baptist Historical Society
3001 Mercer University Dr.
Atlanta, Georgia 30341
Telephone: (678) 547-6680

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)

Early church records, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for New Jersey Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers, for each ward, can be located through the Family History Library Catalog  or by refering to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. (FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507). These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.

Dutch Reformed

Commission on History, Reformed Church in America
New Brunswick Theological Seminary
Gardner A. Sage Library
21 Seminary Place
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
Telephone: (732) 246-1779

The Family History Library has microfilm copies of many of the Dutch Reformed church records from the above listed archive. The records are described in:

  • Gasero, Russell L., ed. Guide to Local Church Records in the Archives of the Reformed Church in America and to Genealogical Resources in the Gardner Sage Library, New Brunswick Theological Seminary. New Brunswick, N.J.: Historical Society of the Reformed Church in America, 1979. Digital version at Reformed Church in AmericaFHL Collection (does not circulate to Family History Centers). To locate a copy nearest you, use WorldCat.


The Holland Society of New York Library
20 West 44th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Telephone: (212) 758-1675

Year Book of The Holland Society of New York, 1912. New York, New York: The Society, 1912, available in the FHL Collection lists the transcripts of New Jersey Dutch Reformed and Lutheran records at the Holland Society Library. It also lists those that were published as of 1912. The Family History Library has microfilm copies of many of these transcripts. To locate a copy nearest you, use WorldCat.

Episcopal

Diocesan House of the Episcopal Church
808 W. State Street
Trenton, New Jersey 08618-5326
Telephone: (609) 394-5281

Jewish

Most synagogue records have not been centralized, so you must write to the local congregation. Addresses are listed in:

  • Lightman, Sidney, ed. The Jewish Travel Guide 1990. London, England Jewish Chronicle Publications, 1990. FHL book 910.202 J556 To locate a copy nearest you, use WorldCat.

Synagogue and cemetery records for some congregations in Middlesex, Somerset, and Union counties are at:

Jewish Historical Society of Central Jersey
1050 George St, Box 1-L
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
Telephone: (732) 249-4894 

Methodist

United Methodist Church
Commission on Archives and History
Greater New Jersey Conference
1001 Wickapecko Drive
Ocean, New Jersey 07712
Phone: (732) 359-1000  Toll free: (877) 677-2594

Presbyterian

Presbyterian Historical Society and Department of History
United Presbyterian Church in the USA
425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147
Telephone: (215) 627-1852

The Family History Library has microfilm copies of most of the records from the above listed archive.

Roman Catholic

Diocese of Camden
631 Market Street
Camden, New Jersey 08102
Phone: (856) 756-7900.

The diocese includes the counties of: Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem.[2]

Diocese of Metuchen
P.O. Box 191
Metuchen, NJ 08840-0191
Phone: (732) 562-1990
Office Location
146 Metlars Lane
Piscataway, New Jersey 08854

The diocese includes the counties of: Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset and Warren.[2]

Archdiocese of Newark
171 Clifton Avenue
Newark, New Jersey 07104-0500

The Archdiocese includes the counties of: Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union.[2]

  • Records of the Archdiocese of Newark are kept by:
    University Archives
    Seton Hall University
    South Orange Avenue
    South Orange, New Jersey 07079
    Phone: (201) 762-7052 
    All sacramental registers, 1832 through 1914, and cemetery records in the archdiocese have been microfilmed. They are available at the Family History Library and at the university archives. A small fee is charged for mail inquiries, and records can be searched by appointment. Christenings through 1885 and marriages through 1895 for most of these parishes are indexed in the International Genealogical Index.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson
777 Valley Road
Paterson, New Jersey 07013
Phone: (973) 777-8818

The diocese includes the counties of: Morris, Passaic and Sussex.[2]

Diocese of Trenton
701 Lawrenceville Road
Trenton, New Jersey 08648
Phone: (609) 406-7400

The diocese includes the counties of: Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean.[2]

The marriages of some New Jersey Catholics from 1758 to 1800 were published in:

  • American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia Records. Volumes 1-4, 8. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: American Catholic Historical Society, 1886-1889, 1893. (Not at the Family History Library.) To locate a book copy nearest you, use WorldCat.

Additional records for this time period are in:

  • Dirnberger, Janet Drumm. New Jersey Catholic Baptismal Records from 1759-1781.  Seabrook, Texas: Brambles, 1981. This book is available in the FHL Collection. However, it does not circulate to Family History Centers.

Most Catholic records have not been gathered into central repositories. You must determine the town where your ancestors lived and the parish they most likely attended and then write to that parish. Addresses of parishes and diocesan chancery offices are listed in:

  • The Official Catholic Directory. Chicago, Illinois: Hoffman Bros., annual. A copy is located in the FHL Collection.To locate a copy nearest your location check at WorldCat.

When a parish closes, the records are sent to the diocesan archives or a nearby parish. If the diocese does not have an archive, the chancellor usually knows where the records are currently located.

  • Flynn, Joseph Michael. The Catholic Church in New Jersey. Morristown, N.J.: n.p., 1904 is located in the FHL Collection and has short histories of individual parishes. Digital versions: Ancestry ($); Internet Archive. To locate a copy of the book nearest you, use WorldCat.

Society of Friends (Quakers)

The Friends Historical Library
Swarthmore College
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19801
Telephone: (610) 328-8496
This library collects microfilm copies of all records of New Jersey meetings.

The Quaker Collection
Haverford College Library
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, Pennsylvania 19041
Telephone: (610) 896-1161
This library collects West Jersey Orthodox records.

Haviland Records Room
15 Rutherford Place
New York, New York 10003
Telephone: (212) 673-6866 
This library collects records of East Jersey meetings that have been part of the New York Yearly Meeting. Learn more.

The records formerly at the Friends Records Department in Philadelphia are now at Haverford College. These records are on microfilm at the Family History Library, as are most of the records from the Haviland Records Room. There is a large collection of the records at Swarthmore College.

The Family History Library also has microfilm copies of the John Pickens Dornan and Gilbert Cope collections and abstracts from most New Jersey monthly meetings, compiled by William Wade Hinshaw, John Cox, and John P. Dornan.

Published abstracts:

  • Hinshaw, William Wade. Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy. 6 Vols. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Edwards Brothers, 1936-1950. Volume II covers New Jersey Monthly Meetings. FHL Collection; digital version at Ancestry ($). To locate copies nearest you, use WorldCat.

For a history of New Jersey Quakers, see:

  • Bowden, James. The History of the Society of Friends in America. 2 vols. London: W. & F.G. Cash, 1850-1854. Digital version of Vol. 1 at Google Books. 973 F2bj v. 1

References

  1. Sydney E. Ahlstrom, A Religious History of the American People (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972). FHL Book 973 K2ah.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Map of the Roman Catholic Dioceses in the United States of America, Office of Catholic Schools Diocese of Columbus, accessed 3 Nov 2010.