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New Jersey State Archives
225 West State Street
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0307
Telephone: 609-292-6260
Internet: New Jersey State Archives

Genealogical Materials

The State Archives is New Jersey's official research center for public records of enduring historical value. Considering that many vital records, land documents, probate records and military service papers were filed centrally by the Colony and State of New Jersey, the State Archives is a treasure trove for genealogists and historians.

Wills are one of the most important records for New Jersey research, and many of those wills 1670-1900 are housed here. The New Jersey State Archives is the official repository for all colonial and state government records. Its collections include manuscripts, births 1848-1923, marriages and deaths 1848-1940, deeds 1660s-1880s, military records of the Revolution, petitions, court records 1680-1850, NJ state censuses 1855-1915, election returns, taxes 1772-1882, railroad and turnpike records, and microfilms of pre-1900 county and town records.[1] The state archives also has several searchable databases online. See also:

  • Barker, Bette Marie, Daniel P. Jones, and Karl J. Niederer. Guide to Family History Sources in the New Jersey State Archives, 2nd ed. Trenton, New Jersey: Division of Archives and Records Management, 1990. WorldCat 22240299; FHL book 974.9 A1 no. 123.


The State Archives is also the official repository for microfilm of county clerks’ and surrogates’ records produced by the LDS Church and of film of local newspapers produced by the New Jersey Newspaper Project. Current holdings amount to over 37,000 cubic feet of paper records and over 32,000 reels of microfilm. Our records date from the founding of New Jersey as a British colony in 1664 up to the present.

References

  1. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 77. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.