New Jersey Genealogy

This guide contains a sample of The Newberry’s resources on this topic. Consult a reference librarian or catalog for more details.

GUIDES

Sarapin, Janice K. Old Burial Grounds of New Jersey: A Guide. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers, 1994. Call No. F132 .S27 1994.

Strykker-Rodda, Kenn. New Jersey: Digging for Ancestors in the Garden State. Detroit: Detroit Society for Genealogical Research, 1970. Call No. Local History Ref CS16 .S86 (2nd floor open shelf).

VITAL RECORDS AND NEWSPAPERS

Hodges, Graham and Allan Edward Brown. “Pretends To Be Free”: Runaway Slave Advertisements from Colonial and Revolutionary New York and New Jersey. New York: Garland, 1994. Call No. E 445 .N56 P74 1994.

Jackson, Ronald V. Index to New Jersey Wills, 1689-1890. Salt Lake City: Accelerated Indexing Systems, 1979. Call No. Local History Ref F 133 S63 1979 (2nd floor open shelf).

Wilson, Thomas B. Notices From New Jersey Newspapers. Lambertville, NJ: Hunterdon House, 1988. Call No. F 133 .W55.

New Jersey Archives. Call No. Local History Ref F131 .D63 (2nd floor open shelf). A multi-volume work containing newspaper extracts, marriage records, government meeting minutes, and will abstracts from the colonial period through the early 19th century. Each volume is indexed.

CHURCH RECORDS

Hammell, Jeanne M. South Jersey Church Records. Woodbury, NJ: Gloucester County Historical Society, 1990-2001. Call No. folio F133 .H355 1990. Baptisms, marriages, and deaths. Each volume organized by church and indexed by name.

GENEALOGIES AND BIOGRAPHIES

Armstrong, William C. Pioneer Families of Northwestern New Jersey. Lambertville, NJ: Hunterdon House, 1979. Call No. F 133. A74.

Kett, Joseph R. Genealogies of New Jersey Families From The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1996. Call No. Local History Ref F133 .G45 1996.

Lee, Francis Bazley. Genealogical and Memorial History of the State of New Jersey. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1910. Call No. E 69625 .5.

Nelson, William. New Jersey Biographical and Genealogical Notes from the Volumes of the New Jersey Archives. Newark: New Jersey Historical Society, 1916. Call No. F853 .626 v. 9.

Sinclair, Donald A. A New Jersey Biographical Index. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1993. Call No. Local History Ref CT249 .S56 (2nd floor open shelf). A name index of 100,000 biographies appearing in 237 New Jersey biographical sources published before 1980. The Newberry holds many of the works indexed.

Sinclair, Donald A. New Jersey Family Index: A Guide to Genealogical Sketches in New Jersey Collective Sources. New Brunswick: Genealogical Society of New Jersey, 1991. Call No. F133 .S55 1991. An index to genealogical sketches in 75 local and family history publications, many owned by the Newberry.

Stewart, Frank H. Stewart’s Genealogical and Historical Miscellany. Woodbury, NJ: Gloucester County Historical Society, 1969-1971. Call No. F 853 .844. Doctors’ logs, account books, journals, and Quaker meeting records of the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries. Indexed by name.

Stillwell, John E. Historical and Genealogical Miscellany: Data Relating to the Settlement and Settlers of New York and New Jersey. New York, 1903-32. Call No. Local History Ref F 118 .S85 1903.

MILITARY RECORDS

Bilby, Joseph B. Forgotten Warriors: New Jersey’s African American Soldiers in the Civil War. Hightstown, NJ: Longstreet House, 1993. Call No. E 540 .N3 B55 1993.

New Jersey Adjutant General. Official Register of the Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Revolutionary War. Trenton: Nicholson, 1872. Call No. Local History Ref E263 .N5 N56 1872 (2nd floor open shelf). Indexed separately in Index of the Official Register of the Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Revolutionary War. Newark: The Historical Records Survey, 1941. Shelved with the publication.

New Jersey Adjutant General. Records of Officers and Men of New Jersey in Wars 1791-1815. Trenton: State Gazette, 1909. Call No. Local History Ref E359.5 .N4 N3 (2nd floor open shelf). Includes soldiers in the 1791 Indian Expeditions, the 1794 Pennsylvania Insurgency, naval wars with France (1798-1801), Tripoli (1801-05), and Algiers (1815), and the War of 1812. Indexed in Jackson, Ronald V. Index to Military Men of New Jersey 1775-1815. Bountiful, UT: Accelerated Indexing, 1977. Call No. Local History Ref E263 .N5 N55 (2nd floor open shelf).

New Jersey Adjutant General. Record of Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Civil War 1861-1865. Trenton: John L. Murphy, 1876-1878. Call No. F8349 .4979. Index for this work is found in volume 2, part 2.

Stratford, Dorothy A. Certificates and Receipts of Revolutionary New Jersey. Lamerbtville, NJ: Hunterdon House, 1996. Call No. Local History Ref F138 .S76 1996.

Stryker, William S. The New Jersey Volunteers (Loyalists) in the Revolutionary War. Trenton, NJ: Naar, Day, and Naar, 1887. Call No. F83285 .845.

MAPS AND GAZETTEERS

Gordon, Thomas F. A Gazetteer of the State of New Jersey. Trenton, NJ: Daniel Fenton, 1834. Call No. F853 .35.

Garnett, Henry. A Geographic Dictionary of New Jersey. Baltimore; Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Call No. Local History Ref F132 .G19 1978 (2nd floor open shelf).

FEDERAL CENSUSES

The records of the United States census for New Jersey for 1790, 1800, 1810, and 1820 do not survive. All other years are available on-line at the public access computers; ask at 2nd floor reference desk. Printed indexes to the 1830, 1840, and 1850 censuses can be found in the Newberry catalog.

STATE AND COLONIAL CENSUSES

Norton, James S. New Jersey in 1793: An Abstract and Index to the 1793 Militia Census of the State of New Jersey. Salt Lake City, 1973. Call No. Local History Ref F133 .M67 (2nd floor open shelf). This work uses tax records for counties where militia census records were not available.

Stryker-Rodda, Kenn. Revolutionary Census of New Jersey. Cottonport, LA: Polyanthos, 1972. Call No. F853 .852. A reconstructed census based on tax records, showing name and county of residence for 1773-74, 1778-80, and 1784-86.

Tanco, Barbrae O. The 1850 New Jersey Census, Including the 1840 List of Revolutionary and Military Pensioners. Fort Worth, TX: Millican Press, 1973. Call No. Local History Ref F133 .T36 (2nd floor open shelf).

PERIODICAL

The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey. Published by the Genealogical Society of New Jersey, 1925–. Call No. Local History Ref F131 .G32 (2nd floor open shelf). Each volume is indexed. Three master indexes have also been created for volumes 1-30, 31-40, and 41-50: see Stryker-Rodda, Kenn. Index to The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey. Cottonport, LA: Polyanthos, 1973-1982. Shelved with the periodical.

ONLINE RESOURCES

The Research Your Family History section of the New Jersey Digital Highway website, provides an extensive collection of links to New Jersey state and county genealogy resources.

The Genealogy and History section of the official website for the state of New Jersey, has information on locating and obtaining copies of state genealogical records and provides links to online searchable databases and the New Jersey Division of Archives, History and Genealogy.