New Jersey, United States Genealogy
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the Garden State
Most unique genealogical features:
- NJ censuses 1790-1820 are missing
- Wills are one of the best NJ records
- Many 1702-1738 NJ wills are filed in New York City, or Albany, New York
- Early NJ records exist as part of both New Sweden and New Netherland
- Some NJ couples went away to New York City, Kings Co, NY, Philadelphia, Delaware, Cecil Co, MD, or Niagara Falls, Ontario to marry
- If orthodox methods fail, try an alternate state, county, denomination, time period, generation, publication, or name spelling.
Atlantic · Bergen · Burlington · Camden · Cape May · Cumberland · Essex · Gloucester · Hudson · Hunterdon · Mercer · Middlesex · Monmouth · Morris · Ocean · Passaic · Salem · Somerset · Sussex · Union · Warren
New Jersey State Archives · New Jersey State Library · New Jersey Historical Society · Princeton University Library · Rutgers University Libraries · Seton Hall University Libraries · Camden County Historical Society · Gloucester County Historical Society · Morristown and Morris Township Library · Newark Public Library · National Archives Mid Atlantic Region (Philadelphia) · National Archives Northeast Region (New York City) · New York Public Library
Ellis Island · Atlantic Coast Ports · Delaware River · Passaic River · Raritan River · Great Shamokin Path · King's Highway (or Delaware Indian Path) · Lincoln Highway · Delaware and Raritan Canal · Morris Canal
Did you know?
- The colonial censuses taken in 1726, 1738, 1745, and 1772, as well as the New Jersey portions of the United States censuses of 1790, 1800, 1810 and 1820, were destroyed. Various other records can substitute for censuses. These include lists of petitioners, residents, freeholders, quit renters, jurists, voters, and taxpayers. Many of these lists have been published in periodicals. For a helpful guide in locating these lists, refer to The United States Census Compendium by John D. Stemmons (Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 1973.) The book is available at the Family History Library on microfiche and in book form.
- Collections of New Jersey maps and atlases are available at numerous public and university libraries and historical societies. The New Jersey Historical Society has a large collection of more than 2,000 maps, and the state library has several hundred maps and atlases from the seventeenth century to the present.
- Join our group of New Jersey researchers on Facebook & Skype
- New Jersey County Creation Dates and Parent Counties
- The New Jersey GenWeb Project provides county information about formation date, parent county, county seat, bibliography, cemeteries, census, churches, towns, history, look ups, obituaries, queries, repositories, surname registry, and many Internet links.
- Genealogists' Guide -- The New Jersey Historical Society.
Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:
- New Jersey Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- New Jersery County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- New Jersey 1885State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- New Jersey Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- New Jersey Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)
Things you can do
In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need to be done. You can help by:
- Kenn Stryker-Rodda, "That Genealogical Quagmire: New Jersey," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 48 (1960): 67. (FHL Book 973 B2ng v. 48) WorldCat entry.
- Kenn Stryker-Rodda, New Jersey: Digging for Ancestors in the Garden State (Detroit, Mich.: Detroit Society for Genealogical Research, 1984), 9-10. (FHL Book 974.9 A1 no. 2) WorldCat entry.
- Claire Keenan Agthe, Research in New Jersey, NGS Special Publication Number 94 (Arlington, Va.: National Genealogical Society, 2009), 8-10. (FHL Book 974.9 D27a) WorldCat entry.
- Arlene H. Eakle, "Have you searched and searched for a marriage without finding it?" in Genealogy Blog at http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2007/02/19/have-you-searched-and-searched-for-the-marriage-without-finding-it/ (accessed 8 January 2011).
- Stryker-Rhoda, "That Genealogical Quagmire: New Jersey," 65. "Many from New Jersey went out of the colony to be married or to have children baptized, primarily to the Dutch churches in New York and Kings County, to the First Presbyterian Church of New York, and to various churches in Philadelphia and Delaware."
- Stryker-Rhoda, "That Genealogical Quagmire: New Jersey," 69-70.
- Stryker-Rhoda, New Jersey: Digging for Ancestors in the Garden State, 5.