GSNJ Bible and Family Records Collection
For more than 75 years, GSNJ has been processing. collecting, and indexing family Bible records and other family records and notations submitted by researchers. The collection continues to grow and contains more than 6,100 records, primarily pre-1850, and arranged in accession order.
The majority of records are copies of original family records, such as those found in the family Bible, with births and deaths, but some contain transcribed family information or copies of published lineages. Some non-English records have not been translated.
Please note that the index compilation is a major initiative and the database will continue to improve and grow with the collection and is updated about every six months. If you find an error in the indexing, please let us know so that we may correct the index.
Using the Collections in person
Researchers may use the GSNJ collections, free of charge, by visiting the Special Collections and University Archives (SC/UA) at Rutgers University during normal operating hours.
Most of GSNJ’s Bible and Family Records have been photocopied and bound. The bound photocopies are available on GSNJ’s open shelves, without call slip, at SC/UA Rutgers. Entries not found in the bound books are available by call slip only.
Special Collections and University Archives
Alexander Library, Rutgers University
169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1163
The Special Collections and University Archives (SC/UA) at Rutgers University contains a vast amount of historical and genealogical materials, maps, photographs, publications about New Jersey history, and manuscript materials. Please note that all researchers must check bags, coats, and other materials as requested in the lockers provided at the facility. Non-flash photography is with permission. Scanning equipment is not allowed. Photocopies are available for a small fee. See the SC/UA Rutgers website for complete rules and regulations.
GSNJ cannot complete research requests for materials outside of our collection. We encourage you to visit the SC/UA Rutgers in-person and explore this wonderful resource for New Jersey genealogy and history.
If you are not able to visit the Collections
GSNJ offers assistance to those who cannot access our collections in person or who have questions about our holdings. Please note that requests will be completed for records or information within GSNJ Collections only.
Requests will be answered as promptly as possible by GSNJ’s Corresponding Secretary. Membership in GSNJ is not required for research requests but support for GSNJ is encouraged. Thank you for your Membership.
Please complete the GSNJ Collections Genealogical Research Request Form, including any dates and details you have or, if requesting a record from the GSNJ Bible and Family Records Collection, the published record number and family name.
Mail your completed request form with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:
Genealogical Society of New Jersey
PO Box 1476, Trenton, NJ 08607-1476
Please note that mailed requests (please include a self-addressed, stamped business-sized envelope to return results) are preferred by our Corresponding Secretary. This is a complimentary service of GSNJ. (We welcome small donations to offset costs for materials.)
GSNJ Bible and Family Records Collection—Online Index
A recent WordPress update has temporarily disabled the online searchable index below. We are working on a work-around with the plugin developer. Until we can find a way to bring this important functionality back online, below is a PDF of the Index (11MB, please be patient), arranged alphabetically.
If you find a record of interest, copies may be ordered through GSNJ’s Corresponding Secretary. There is no charge for this service but we strongly recommend using the form provided and sending a self-addressed stamped envelope with your query.
View the PDF version of the GSNJ Bible and Family Records Collection Index (11MB PDF, Updated December 2017)
Note that this is a living index and is updated regularly. We hope to have the online index back soon.
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Donating Materials to the GSNJ Collections
The Society invites contributions of family papers or genealogists’ research to its collections. If you are interested in making a donation of manuscript material, contact:
Janet T. Riemer, GSNJ Manuscripts Committee Chair, P.O. Box 1476 Trenton, NJ 08607-1476
GSNJ also welcomes contributions of Bible and Family Records (originals or photocopies) for its collection. Please see the instructions on the Bible Records Submissions page for more information.