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The earliest regular newspaper published in New Jersey, The New Jersey Gazette, began publication in December 1777. This was soon followed by the New Jersey Journalin 1779.
Information from various newspapers, 1704 to 1782, was published as Extracts from American Newspapers Relating to New Jersey in the first series (vol. 11-12, 19-20, 24-29, 31) and second series (vol. 1-5) of Archives of the State of New Jersey. Each volume has an every-name index. These series are described in greater detail in New Jersey History. Similar extracts are found in:
Wilson, Thomas B. Notices from New Jersey Newspapers, 1781-1790. Volume I. Lambertville, New Jersey: Hunterdon House, 1988. (FHL book 974.9 D2w.)
The largest collections of New Jersey newspapers are at the New Jersey State Library, New Jersey Historical Society, Rutgers University Library, and Library of Congress. The New Jersey State Archives also has a large collection of over 5,000 microfilms of newspapers, which can be requested by interlibrary loan. The Family History Library collects indexes and abstracts of newspaper vital records, but does not have any New Jersey newspapers.
For a guide to New Jersey newspapers, refer to:
Wright, William C. and Paul A. Stellhorn, eds. Directory of New Jersey Newspapers, 1765-1970. Trenton, New Jersey: New Jersey Historical Commission, 1977. (FHL book 974.9 B33d.) Most of the 4,400 titles in this book have been microfilmed and can be borrowed through interlibrary loan.
Additional indexes to newspaper vital records are mentioned in New Jersey Vital Records