New Jersey Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
New Jersey, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Deaths and Burials Index
Collection years 1720-1988
FamilySearch Resources
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Archive
Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City



What is in the Collection?

This index is an electronic index for the years 1720-1988. This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

When using this collection be aware that when volunteers entered data from the 1878-1900 New Jersey birth, marriage, and death index registers, the date spans were misunderstood. The registers span from July of one year through June of the next (excepting a set of registers covering June 1878, and another set covering July-Dec 1900). Unfortunately, much of the data entry was done as if the registers covered single calendar years. Thus, many if not most of the events from the months of January, February, March, April, May, and June during the 1878-1900 period are shown in your databases with the wrong year, the date is generally one year too early.

Collection Content

Coverage Table

The Coverage Table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

Locality Births and Christenings, 1660-1980 Marriages, 1678-1985 Deaths and Burials, 1720-1988
Atlantic 4,162 6,102 12,197
Bergen 13,464 7,763 16,618
Burlington 0 6,827 31,311
Camden 10,557 59,693 46,706
Cape May 0 778 3,239
Cumberland 0 9,559 19,474
Essex 156,218 91,560 169,482
Gloucester 7,770 54,159 15,585
Hudson 140,840 97,231 183,967
Hunterdon 0 8,073 12,736
Mercer 8,957 25,564 44,500
Middlesex 12,659 16,372 30,538
Monmouth 0 12,978 30,218
Morris 0 17,086 23,030
New Jersey 1,930,892 342,752 322,934
Ocean 4,466 1,719 6,802
Passaic 0 27,618 60,806
Salem 7,336 36,732 16,086
Somerset 6,683 4,344 11,641
Sussex 8,287 8,612 10,340
Union 22,235 22,255 42,095
Warren 0 13,726 12,025
Total 2,334,526 871,503 1,122,330

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

When using this collection be aware that when volunteers entered data from the 1878-1900 New Jersey birth, marriage, and death index registers, the date spans were misunderstood. The registers span from July of one year through June of the next (excepting a set of registers covering June 1878, and another set covering July-Dec 1900). Unfortunately, much of the data entry was done as if the registers covered single calendar years. Thus, many if not most of the events from the months of January, February, March, April, May, and June during the 1878-1900 period are shown in your databases with the wrong year, the date is generally one year too early.

For details about the contents of these records and help using them see the wiki article Deaths and Burials Vital Record Index Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records).

How Do I Search This Collection?

To search the collection it is helpful to know the following:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of death or burial
  • The residence of your ancestor at the time of the death

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s death record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the death date along with the place of death to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.

Known Issues with This Collection

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See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.


Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation

"New Jersey Deaths and Burials, 1720-1988." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.
Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):
The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for New Jersey Deaths and Burials, 1720-1988.


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