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Somerset County, New Jersey genealogy and family history research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.

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Online Records

Somerset County, New Jersey
Map of New Jersey highlighting Somerset County
Location in the state of New Jersey
Map of the U.S. highlighting New Jersey
Location of New Jersey in the U.S.
Founded May 14, 1688
County Seat Somerville
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Address Somerset County Courthouse
20 Grove St, PO Box 3000
Somerville, NJ 08876
Phone: (908) 231-7006
Somerset County Website

Court House

Somerset County Courthouse
20 Grove St; PO Box 3000
Somerville, NJ 08876
Phone: 908.231.7006

County Clerk has court records from 1777 and land records from 1785. County Surrogate has probate records.[1]

Parent County

Boundary Changes

  • 1710, boundaries changed.
  • 1714, part back to Middlesex County.
  • 13 March 1714, part set off to be Hunterdon County.[1]
  • 1741, part from Essex County.
  • 1749, boundary with Morris County defined.
  • 1790, boundary changes with Middlesex County and again in 1855, 1858 and 1878.
  • 22 February 1838 1838, part of Montgomery twp set off to form Mercer County. [1]
  • 1844, Tewksbury twp. from Hunterdon County and restored in 1845.
  • 1850, part of Fanklin twp. added to to North Brunswick twp., Middlesex County.
  • 1876, Union County boundary clarified.
  • 1965, Hunterdon County boundary clarified.

Neighboring Counties

Hunterdon | Mercer | Middlesex | Morris | Union

Record Loss



Church Records

  • 1727-1734 - Skillman, William Jones. "Earliest Baptismal Records of the Church of Harlingen (Reformed Dutch) of New Jersey. 1727-1734," The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 40, No. 4 (Oct. 1909):281-291. Digital versions at Internet Archive - free; New York Family History ($); FHL Book 974.7 B2n v. 40.

Court Records


Land and Property



Early migration routes to and from Somerset County, New Jersey Genealogy for settlers included:[2]



Probate Records

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
Phone: (609) 292-4978
Fax: (609) 777-0094


Vital Records


Archives, Libraries, and Museums


Family History Centers



Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Somerset County, New Jersey page 465, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Handybook, 847-61.