New Jersey Fast Facts and Key Resources

By James M. Beidler Premium

? Statehood: 1787

? Colony founded: 1664

? First available federal census: 1830 (Cumberland County only in 1800)

? Available state censuses: 1855, 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915

? Statewide birth, marriage and deathrecords begin: 1848

? Counties: 21

? State-land state

? Contact for vital records:
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
Bureau of Vital Statistics and Registration
Box 370 Trenton, NJ 08625
(609) 292-6260

Web Sites

? Cyndi’s List: New Jersey
? Descendants of the Founders of New Jersey
? FamilySearch: New JerseyResearch Outline
? New Jersey Civil War Rosters/Muster Rolls on Internet
? New Jersey Digital Highway:Research Your Family’s History
? New Jersey Genealogy Mine
? New Jersey GenWeb Project
? New Jersey Societies and Archives
? West Jersey History Project


? Colonial New Jersey Source Records, 1600s-1800s CD (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

? Directory of Churches in New Jersey by the Works Progress Administration (New Jersey Historical Records Survey)

? Genealogical and Memorial History of the State of New Jersey by Francis Balzey Lee (Lewis Historical Publishing)

? Genealogical Resources in Southern New Jersey by Edith Hoelle (Gloucester County Historical Society)

? Guide to Family History Sources in the New Jersey State Archives by Bette Marie Epstein (Division of Archives and Management)

? Guide to Local Church Records in the Archives of the Reformed Church in America and to Genealogical Records in the Gardner Sage Library by Russell L. Gasero (Historical Society of the Reformed Church in America)

? A Guide to Manuscript Diaries and Journals in the Special Collections Department, Rutgers University by Donald A. Sinclair (Rutgers University Library)

? Guide to Vital Statistics Records in New Jersey, 2 volumes, by the Works Progress Administration (New Jersey Historical Records Survey)

? A New Jersey Biographical Index CD by Donald A. Sinclair (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

Organizations and Archives

? Genealogical Society of New Jersey
Box 1476, Trenton, NJ 08607, <>
? Gloucester County Historical Society
17 Hunter St., Woodbury, NJ 08096, (856) 845-7881, <>
? NARA Northeast Region –New York City
201 Varick St., 12th Floor, New York, NY 10014, (866) 840-1752, <>
? New Jersey Historical Society
52 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102, (973) 596-8500, <>
? New Jersey State Archives
225 W. State St., Trenton, NJ 08625, (609) 292-3260, <>
? New Jersey State Library
Level 4, 185 W. State St., Trenton, NJ 08625, (609) 278-2640, <>
? Rutgers University Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
169 College Ave., New Brunswick, NJ 08901, (732) 932-7006, <>

From the November 2008 Family Tree Magazine