New Jersey Resources: Societies, Offices, Libraries, and Archives2018-09-16T15:08:52+00:00

New Jersey Resources: Societies, Offices, Libraries, and Archives

New Jersey has a rich, diverse history and its genealogical and historical communities are passionate about preserving and sharing it. The following state and county-level archives, genealogical societies, libraries, and historical societies are wonderful resources for researchers. Each holds many original records, documents, maps, and manuscripts in their collections. (See also an excellent, growing list of NJ town resources at www.raogk.org/newjersey-genealogy/nj-society-archives/ )

If you would like to have your organization added to the list, or update an entry, contact societies@gsnj.org

pdfDownload a copy of this list (PDF format).


New Jersey State Archives (NJSA)

225 West State Street, 2nd Floor, Trenton, NJ 08608
609-292-6260 | www.nj.gov/state/archives

Searchable Databases + Order Forms:
https://wwwnet-dos.state.nj.us/DOS_ArchivesDBPortal/index.aspx

Genealogical Holdings Overview:
www.nj.gov/state/archives/pdf/GenealogicalRecords.pdf


New Jersey State Library (NJSL)

185 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08625
609-278-2640 | www.njstatelib.org

New Jersey Resources:
http://www.njstatelib.org/research_library/new_jersey_resources

New Jersey State Library Guide to Genealogical Resources
http://libguides.njstatelib.org/genealogynjsl/NJSL

New Jersey State Library Introduction to Genealogical Resources (Recorded Webinar)
https://www.njstatelib.org/webinar-introduction-to-new-jersey-genealogy-recap/


New Jersey Office of Historic Preservation (NJSHPO)

Includes archives and land maps. Appointment and orientation required.
501 East State St., Station Plaza Building 5, Trenton, NJ 08609
609-984-0176 | www.nj.gov/dep/hpo


The Story of New Jersey’s Civil Boundaries 1606-1968

This book, by John F. Snyder and published by the State of NJ, is indispensable for understanding the evolution of NJ counties and towns. Free PDF download.

New Jersey State Library (Free PDF Download)
http://dspace.njstatelib.org:8080/xmlui/handle/10929/21587


New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project (NEW!)

A collaboration between Rutgers University Libraries, the New Jersey State Archives, and the New Jersey State Library.
https://libguides.njstatelib.org/digitized-newspapers

Project description at Rutgers and project website:
https://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/news/new-jersey-digital-newspaper-project-selects-three-newspapers-digitization
https://blogs.libraries.rutgers.edu/njdnp/


The Genealogical Society of New Jersey

P.O. Box 1476, Trenton, NJ 08607-1476
gsnj.org | www.njgenealogy.com (Bookstore)

Rutgers University Archives and Special Collections at the Archibald S. Alexander Library
Rutgers’ Special Collections and University Archives is the repository for GSNJ’s Manuscript and Bible Records collections.

169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1163
848-932-7509 | www.libraries.rutgers.edu/scua


New Jersey Historical Society

52 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102
973-596-8500 | www.jerseyhistory.org


Newark Public Library, Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center

973-733-7784 | www.npl.orgwww.npl.org/collections-services/charles-f-cummings-new-jersey-information-center/


Jersey City Free Public Library—New Jersey Room

201-547-4503 | www.jclibrary.org/locations-a-hours/main-library/new-jersey-room


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Family History Library

The Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City Utal is the largest genealogical library in the world. The FHL can be visited in-person or you can access many of the collection online (all are free). The FHL has an ambitious goal to digitize all the microfilm in their holdings, more than 3 million reels, and have them online by 2020. https://www.familysearch.org

But, due to copyright restrictions and privacy, some film, whether on a reel or digitized, may only be access at the FHL or one of the Family History Centers (FHCs), which are located around the world. https://www.familysearch.org/locations/


David Library of the American Revolution

1201 River Rd., Washington Crossing, PA
215-493-6776 | www.dlar.org

Please Note: Many sites hosted by RootsWeb continue to be offline due to an ongoing problem with the RootsWeb hosting. As of August 2018, RootsWeb announced that the pages are coming back online in stages but many society pages hosted at sites.rootsweb.com may still be unavailable.

The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society—New Jersey Chapter
www.aahgsnj.org

Catholic Church Records (Closed Parishes Only)
Seton Hall University Archives and Special Collections
(Church administration records, ephemera, and records of closed parishes only.)
www.library.shu.edu/archives

Central Jersey Genealogy Club
www.cjgcnj.com

German Genealogy Group (GGG)
http://germangenealogygroup.com

Italian Genealogical Group (IGG)
http://www.italiangen.org

Italian Genealogy Society of New Jersey
https://www.facebook.com/IGSNJ/

Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey
Archival repository of the Jewish community of Greater MetroWest, encompassing Essex, Morris, Sussex, Union, and portions of Somerset Counties.
www.jhs-nj.org

Jewish Genealogical Society of North Jersey
732-412-7606
www.jgsnj.org

The Jewish Historical Society of Central Jersey
732-249-4894
www.jewishgen.org/jhscj

Reformed Church In America Archives
(Church administration records, ephemera, and records of closed parishes only.)
732-246-1779
https://www.rca.org/rca-basics/archives

The Swedish Colonial Society
www.colonialswedes.net

Ukrainian Historical & Educational Center
732-356-0132
www.ukrhec.org

Atlantic County


Founded 1837; prior to formation, called Egg Harbor Township in Gloucester County.

Bordering Counties:
Burlington County—North
Camden County—Northwest
Cape May County—South
Cumberland County—Southwest
Gloucester County—Northwest
Ocean County—Northeast


COUNTY OFFICES

www.aclink.org


GENEALOGICAL + HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

Atlantic County Historical Society and Library
609-927-5218
https://www.atlanticcountyhistoricalsocietynj.org


PUBLIC LIBRARIES + OTHER RESOURCES

Atlantic County Library System
https://www.atlanticlibrary.org

Bergen County


Founded, 1683; prior to a judicial district in 1675. One of New Jersey’s four original counties (Bergen, Essex, Middlesex and Monmouth). Later divisions created Passaic (1837) and Hudson (1840) Counties.

Bordering Counties:
Rockland County, NY (portions once part of Bergen County, NJ)—North
Hudson County—South
Essex County—Southwest
Passaic County—Southwest and West


COUNTY OFFICES

www.co.bergen.nj.us
www.bergencountyclerk.org

Bergen County Clerk—Land Record Online (NEW!)
http://www.bergencountyclerk.org/Services/71


GENEALOGICAL + HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

Genealogical Society of Bergen County
www.njgsbc.org | contact@njgsbc.org

Bergen County Historical Society, Library, and Archives
201-343-9492
www.bergencountyhistory.org


PUBLIC LIBRARIES + OTHER RESOURCES

Bolger Heritage Center for Genealogy and Local History at the Ridgewood Public Library
201-670-5600 x135
www.ridgewoodlibrary.org

Bergen County Inter-Library System (BCCLS)
Search all Bergen County libraries from one place!
www.bccls.org

Burlington County


Founded, 1694; earliest official records from 1681. One of New Jersey’s four original counties (Bergen, Essex, Middlesex and Monmouth).

Bordering Counties:
Mercer County—North
Monmouth County—Northeast
Ocean County—East
Atlantic County—South
Camden County—Southeast
Philadelphia and Bucks County. PA—West


COUNTY OFFICES

www.co.burlington.nj.us


GENEALOGICAL + HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

Burlington County Historical Society
609-386-4773
www.burlingtoncountyhistoricalsociety.org


PUBLIC LIBRARIES + OTHER RESOURCES

Burlington County Library System
https://www.bcls.lib.nj.us

Camden County


Formed 1844, set off from portions of Gloucester County.

Bordering Counties:
Burlington County—Northeast
Atlantic County—Southeast
Gloucester County—Southwest
Philadelphia County, PA—Northwest


COUNTY OFFICES

www.co.camden.nj.us


GENEALOGICAL + HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

Camden County Historical Society and Archives
856-964-3333
www.cchsnj.org


PUBLIC LIBRARIES + OTHER RESOURCES

Camden County Library System
www.camdencountylibrary.org

Cherry Hill Public Library, Genealogy Research Center
856-903-1222
https://chplnj.org/genealogy

Cape May County


Founded 1685.

Bordering Counties:
Atlantic County—North
Cumberland County—Northwest


COUNTY OFFICES

https://capemaycountynj.gov


GENEALOGICAL + HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

Museum of Cape May County and Genealogical Library
609-465-3535 x5
www.cmcmuseum.org


PUBLIC LIBRARIES + OTHER RESOURCES

Cape May County Library
https://cmclibrary.org

Cumberland County


Founded 1748; set off from Salem County.

Bordering Counties:
Gloucester County—North
Atlantic County—Northeast
Cape May County—Southeast


COUNTY OFFICES

www.co.cumberland.nj.us


GENEALOGICAL + HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

Cumberland County New Jersey GenWeb
www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~njcumber/

Cumberland County Historical Society
856-455-4055
www.cchistsoc.org

Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society
856-691-1111
https://www.discovervinelandhistory.org


PUBLIC LIBRARIES + OTHER RESOURCES

Cumberland County Library
www.clueslibs.org

Libraries of Gloucester, Salem, and Cumberland Counties Information Network
http://www.login-libraries.org

Essex County


Founded 1683. One of New Jersey’s four original counties (Bergen, Essex, Middlesex and Monmouth).

Bordering Counties:
Passaic County—North
Bergen County—East
Hudson County—East
Union County—South
Morris County—West


COUNTY OFFICES

https://www.essexcountynj.org

Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs
201-857-5290
www.essexcountyparks.org/cultural


GENEALOGICAL + HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

New Jersey Historical Society
www.jerseyhistory.org


PUBLIC LIBRARIES + OTHER RESOURCES

Newark Public Library, Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center
973-733-7784
www.npl.org

Essex and Passaic Counties Library Consortium
Includes public and academic libraries.
http://www.palsplus.org

List of Essex County Libraries
http://www.everylibrary.com/county/Essex-NJ.html

Newark Archives Project
http://nap.rutgers.edu

Old Newark
http://oldnewark.com

Gloucester County


Founded 1686, with founding of separate courts; officially recognized in 1694. Portions set off to create Atlantic County (1837) and Camden County (1844).

Bordering Counties:
Philadelphia County, PA—North
Camden County—Northeast
Atlantic County—Southeast
Cumberland County—South
Salem County—Southwest
New Castle County, DE—West
Delaware County, PA—Northwest


COUNTY OFFICES

https://www.co.gloucester.nj.us


GENEALOGICAL + HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

Gloucester County Historical Society
856-845-4771
https://www.gchsnj.org


PUBLIC LIBRARIES + OTHER RESOURCES

Gloucester County Library System
https://www.gcls.org

Libraries of Gloucester, Salem, and Cumberland Counties Information Network
http://www.login-libraries.org

Hudson County


Founded 1840 from portions set off from Bergen County.

Bordering Counties:
Bergen County—North
New York County, NY (across Hudson River)—East
Essex County—West


COUNTY OFFICES

www.hudsoncountynj.org


GENEALOGICAL + HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

The Hudson County Genealogical and Historical Society
www.hudsoncountynjgenealogy.org


PUBLIC LIBRARIES + OTHER RESOURCES

Jersey City Free Public Library—New Jersey Room
201-547-4503
www.jclibrary.org/locations-a-hours/main-library/new-jersey-room

List of Essex County Libraries
http://www.everylibrary.com/county/Hudson-NJ.html

Hunterdon County


Founded 1714; set off from Burlington County.

Bordering Counties:
Warren County—North
Morris County—Northeast
Somerset County—East
Mercer County—Southeast
Bucks County, PA—West


COUNTY OFFICES

www.co.hunterdon.nj.us


GENEALOGICAL + HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

Hunterdon County, NJ, Genealogy Resources
www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~njhunter/index.htm

Hunterdon County Historical Society
908-782-1091
www.hunterdonhistory.org

Alexandria Historical Society
Alexandria and Holland Townships; Milford and Frenchtown Boroughs
908-996-7071
www.alexandrianj.gov

Califon Historical Society
www.califonhistoricsociety.org

Lambertville Historical Society
609-397-0770
www.lambertvillehistoricalsociety.org

Tewksbury Historical Society
908-832-6734
www.tewksburyhistory.net


PUBLIC LIBRARIES + OTHER RESOURCES

Hunterdon County Library
http://www.hclibrary.us

The Hunterdon Gazette Project
www.usgenwebsites.org/NJHunterdon/hchs.htm

Hunterdon Republican Newspaper
www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~njhrna
(Note: RootsWeb links may not be back online yet.)

Mercer County


Founded 1838; set off from portions of Burlington County, Hunterdon County. and Middlesex County.

Adjacent Counties:
Somerset County—North
Middlesex County—Northeast
Monmouth County—East
Burlington County—South
Bucks County, PA—West
Hunterdon County—Northwest


COUNTY OFFICES

www.mercercounty.org

Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission
www.mercercounty.org/departments/culture-and-heritage


GENEALOGICAL + HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

Central Jersey Genealogy Club
www.cjgcnj.com

Historical Society of Princeton
609-921-6748
www.princetonhistory.org

Trenton Historical Society
www.trentonhistory.org


PUBLIC LIBRARIES + OTHER RESOURCES

Trenton Public Library, The Trentoniana Room
120 Academy Street, Trenton, NJ 08608
609-392-7188
www.trentonlib.org

Mercer County Library System
https://www.mcl.org

Middlesex County


Founded 1683. One of New Jersey’s four original counties (Bergen, Essex, Middlesex and Monmouth).

Bordering Counties:
Union County—North
Monmouth County—Southeast
Mercer County—Southwest
Somerset County—Northwest


COUNTY OFFICES

www.co.middlesex.nj.us


GENEALOGICAL + HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

East Brunswick Historical Society
www.ebhistoricalsociety.webs.com

Sayreville Historical Society
www.sayrevillehistory.org

South River Historical & Preservation Society
www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~njsrhps/


PUBLIC LIBRARIES + OTHER RESOURCES

Middlesex County Library System
https://www.lmxac.org/info/

Monmouth County


Founded 1683. One of New Jersey’s four original counties (Bergen, Essex, Middlesex and Monmouth).

Bordering Counties:
Middlesex County—Northwest
Ocean County—South
Mercer County—West
Burlington County—Southwest


COUNTY OFFICES

www.co.monmouth.nj.us

Monmouth County Archives
732-308-3771
www.visitmonmouth.com/archives


GENEALOGICAL + HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

Monmouth County Genealogy Society
http://njmcgs.org

Monmouth County Historical Association, Research Library, and Archives
732-462-1466
www.monmouthhistory.org

Matawan Historical Society
http://matawanhistoricalsociety.org

Ocean Grove Historical Society
732-774-1869
https://oceangrovehistory.org


PUBLIC LIBRARIES + OTHER RESOURCES

Monmouth County Library System
https://www.visitmonmouth.com/page.aspx?ID=44

Monmouth County Library
http://www.monmouthcountylib.org

Morris County


Founded 1739; set off from Hunterdon County which was earlier set off from Burlington County.

Bordering Counties:
Sussex County—North
Passaic County—Northeast
Essex County—East
Union County—Southeast
Somerset County—South
Hunterdon County—Southwest
Warren County—West


COUNTY OFFICES

www.co.morris.nj.us


GENEALOGICAL + HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

Morris Area Genealogy Society
https://mags-public.weebly.com

Morris County Historical Society
973-267-4565
www.acornhall.org


PUBLIC LIBRARIES + OTHER RESOURCES

Morristown & Morris Township Public Library and North Jersey Genealogical Library
973-538-6161
www.jfpl.org/NJHistoryHome.cfm

Ocean County


Founded 1850; set off from Monmouth County. In 1891, Ocean annexed portions from Burlington County.

Bordering Counties:
Monmouth County—North
Atlantic County—South
Burlington County—West


COUNTY OFFICES

www.co.ocean.nj.us


GENEALOGICAL+ HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

Ocean County Genealogical Society
732-341-1880
http://ocgsnj.proboards.com

Genealogy Club of Little Egg Harbor
www.gcleh.org

Ocean County Historical Society
732-341-1880
www.oceancountyhistory.org


PUBLIC LIBRARIES + OTHER RESOURCES

Ocean County Library
732-349-6200
www.theoceancountylibrary.org

Passaic County


Founded 1837; set off from Bergen and Essex Counties.

Bordering Counties:
Orange and Rockland County, NY—North
Bergen County—East
Essex and Morris Counties—South
Sussex County—West


COUNTY OFFICES

www.passaiccountynj.org


GENEALOGICAL+ HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

Passaic County Historical Society, Library, and Archives—Genealogy Club
973-247-0085
https://lambertcastleweb.wordpress.com/genealogy-club/

Passaic County Historical Society and Library
973-247-0085
www.lambertcastle.org

A Guide to the Passaic County Historical Society Library and Archives (PDF; 2005)


PUBLIC LIBRARIES + OTHER RESOURCES

Passaic and Essex Counties Library Consortium
Includes public and academic libraries.
http://www.palsplus.org

Paterson History
www.patersonhistory.com

Salem County


Founded 1694; courts established in 1681.

Bordering Counties:
Gloucester County—Northeast
Cumberland County—Southeast
Kent County, DE—Southwest
New Castle County, DE—West


COUNTY OFFICES

https://www.salemcountynj.gov

Salem County Archives
856-935-7510 x8394
www.salemcountyclerk.org/archives-room


GENEALOGICAL + HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

Genealogical Society of Salem County
www.gsscnj.org

Salem County Historical Society
856-935-5004
http://salemcountyhistoricalsociety.com


PUBLIC LIBRARIES + OTHER RESOURCES

Salem County Public Libraries
https://visitsalemcountynj.com/things-to-do/libraries/

Libraries of Gloucester, Salem, and Cumberland Counties Information Network
http://www.login-libraries.org

Somerset County


Founded 1688 (first settled in 1681); set off from portions of Middlesex County.

Bordering Counties:
Morris County—North
Union County—East
Middlesex County—Southeast
Mercer County—South
Hunterdon County—West


COUNTY OFFICES

www.co.somerset.nj.us


GENEALOGICAL+ HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

Bernards Township Library—Family History Interest Group (FHIG)
www.bernardslibrary.org

Somerset County Historical Society and Library
908-218-1281
https://somersethistorynj.org/home


PUBLIC LIBRARIES + OTHER RESOURCES

Somerset County Library System
https://sclsnj.org

Sussex County


Founded 1753; set off from Morris County.

Adjacent Counties:
Orange County, NY—Northeast (portions originally part of New Jersey)
Passaic County—East
Morris County—East and South
Warren County—Southwest
Monroe County, PA—West
Pike County, PA—Northwest


COUNTY OFFICES

www.sussex.nj.us


GENEALOGICAL + HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

Sussex County Historical Society (Genealogical Resources)
973-383-6010
http://www.sussexhistory.org

Minisink Valley Historical Society
New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania genealogical resources.
www.minisink.org


PUBLIC LIBRARIES + OTHER RESOURCES

Sussex County Library System
https://sussexcountylibrary.org

Union County


Founded 1857; set off from portions of Essex County.

Adjacent Counties:
Essex County—North
Hudson County—Northeast
Richmond County, NY—East
Middlesex County—South
Somerset County—West
Morris County—Northwest


COUNTY OFFICES

ucnj.org


GENEALOGICAL + HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

Genealogical Society of the West Fields
www.gswf.weebly.com

Union County Historical Society
908-245-9010
www.unioncountyhistoricalsocietynj.org

Clark Historical Society
732-340-1571
www.drrobinsonmuseum.org/clarkhistoricalsociety.html

Cranford Historical Society
908-276-0082
http://cranfordhistoricalsociety.org

Westfield Historical Society
www.westfieldhistoricalsociety.org


PUBLIC LIBRARIES + OTHER RESOURCES

Plainfield Public Library Local History, Genealogy, & Special Collections
908-757-1111 x136
www.plainfieldlibrary.info/Departments/LH/LH_main.html

Libraries of Union County Consortium (LUCC)
http://www.luccnj.org

Elizabeth Public Library
908-354-6060
www.elizpl.org

Westfield Memorial Library
908-789-4090
www.wmlnj.org

Warren County


Founded 1824; set off from portions of Sussex County.

Adjacent Counties:
Sussex County—Northeast
Morris County—East
Bucks County, PA—South
Hunterdon County—South
Northampton County, PA—West
Monroe County, PA—Northwest


COUNTY OFFICES

www.co.warren.nj.us

Warren County Cultural and Heritage Commission
www.wcchc.org


GENEALOGICAL + HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

Warren County Historical and Genealogical Society
908-475-4298
http://www.warrencountynjhistorical.org

Delaware and Lehigh Valley Genealogical Club
www.rootsweb.com/~njdlvgc/ (Note: RootsWeb may not be back online yet.)


PUBLIC LIBRARIES + OTHER RESOURCES

Libraries in Warren County
http://www.co.warren.nj.us/All_Library.html

Warren County Public Library
http://www.warrenlib.org

Updated September 2018