Cape May County, New Jersey Genealogy

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County Courthouse

Cape May County Courthouse
 4 Moore Road;
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Phone: 609.465.1010 

County Clerk has military records 1795-1878,
land records from 1692,  Court Records 1793-1948,
Military arecords from 1919 and naturalization records 1900-1960;
County Surrogate has probate records from 1783 [1]



Parent County

Boundary Changes

  • 1685, court set up
  • 1692, county given boundaries in West Jersey
  • 1694, boundaries changed to transfer Great Egg Harbor area to Gloucester County
  • 1710, boundary changed
  • 1822, boundary with Cumberland County clarified
  • 1844, part of Cumberland County added
  • 1845, the 1844 part of Cumberland County returned
  • 1846, coastal boundary established
  • 1878, part of Maurice River twp., Cumberland County, added to Upper twp.
  • 1891, part of Maurice River twp., Cumberland County, added to Dennis twp.
  • 1906, coastal boundary established.

Record Loss


Populated Places

  • Avalon
  • Cape May Point
  • Stone Harbor
  • West Cape May
  • West Wildwood
  • Wildwood Crest
  • Woodbine
  • Cape May
  • North Wildwood
  • Ocean City
  • Sea Isle City
  • Wildwood
  • Dennis
  • Lower
  • Middle
  • Upper
Census Districts
  • Cape May Court House
  • Diamond Beach
  • Erma
  • North Cape May
  • Strathmere
  • Rio Grande
  • Villas
  • Whitesboro-Burleigh
  • Dennisville
  • Goshen
  • Green Creek
  • Marmora
  • Ocean View
  • Tuckahoe

Neighboring Counties

Atlantic | Cumberland





Contains the church records of:
  • Ocean View: Calvary Baptist Church




Local Histories





Obtaining Copies of County Probate Records

Copies of recorded probate records and the estate files can be obtained from the surrogate's offices for a fee. Addresses of surrogate's offices are found in:

  • Eichholz, Alice, Editor. Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources. Revised Edition. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, 1992. (Family History Library book 973 D27rb 1992.) Explains state-by-state history, vital records, census, background sources, periodicals, archives, libraries, societies, maps, land, probate, court, tax, cemetery, church, and military records. Includes county boundary map and table which shows when each county was created and the parent counties.

In addition, copies of the original wills, administrations, inventories, and guardianships sent to Trenton since 1901 can be ordered from:

Clerk of the Superior Court
Records Information Center
P.O. Box 967
Trenton, NJ 08625-0967
Telephone: 609-292-4978
Fax: 609-777-0094


Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cape May County, New Jersey page 464, {WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; FHL Book 973 D27e 2002. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "HBG" defined multiple times with different content