New Jersey Bible Records

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Online Records

  • The New Jersey Historical Society, the Gloucester County Historical Society, and the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library in Washington, D.C., have many volumes of Bible records for New Jersey families.
  • The Genealogical Society of New Jersey has the largest collection (over 4,650 Bible records). A name index to the first 3,000 is at the New Jersey Room—Special Collections and Archives, Alexander Library, Rutgers University.
  • The Family History Library has microfilm copies of many Bible records listed in the FamilySearch Catalog Locality Search under: NEW JERSEY - BIBLE RECORDS NEW JERSEY, [COUNTY] - BIBLE RECORDS
  • The Daughters of the American Revolution also has a collection of Bible transcripts, as does the Gloucester County Historical Society (in its historical and genealogical files). Both collections are described in the Genealogy section.

The Family History Library also has:

Some DAR records are indexed in:

The New Jersey Historical Society has a card index to DAR Bible transcripts.

Copies, or abstracts of old family Bibles that are no longer known to exist, may survive in Revolutionary War Pension application files at NARA, Washington, D.C., which are available online at three commercial websites: Ancestry, Fold3, and Heritage Quest Online.

New Jersey Bible Records

A Bible was often given by relatives to a bride as a wedding gift, where she recorded information about her immediate family and close relatives. Relationships were seldom stated but were often implied. Names of parents, children, and their spouses, including maiden names, were frequently given along with dates of birth, marriage, and death. Sometimes the age of a person was given at the time of death. Many families kept Bible records from the 1700s (and sometimes earlier) to more recent times, although few have survived. Some have been donated to local libraries or societies.